Jazz Composition Faculty

Scott Free

Professor, Jazz Composition
sfree@berklee.edu | 617 747-8179

"I want my students to know that, by sharing the things that really matter to them musically, it really gives their teachers happiness."

Eric Gould

Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
egould@berklee.edu | 617 747-2384

"Teaching is a way for me to pass on the information I’ve gotten over time. To function as a jazz composer at any level, you’ve got to be willing to produce your stuff, even if it’s just a demo of what it’s supposed to sound like. As a producer you facilitate everyone else’s ability to fulfill their roles. You have to acquire listening and analytical skills and understand underlying systems of harmony, form, and development. You need be able to communicate both abstract concepts and concrete ideas; to conceptualize what’s going to be on a stage before even thinking about writing for what’s going to be on that stage. You have to learn how to organize sounds, instruments, time (in the musical sense and otherwise), groups of people, and schedules. It takes attention to detail. And—because this is jazz after all—it takes flexibility. You have to plan for improvisation."

Greg Hopkins

Professor, Jazz Composition
ghopkins@berklee.edu | 617 747-8233

"I love the concept of fusion. We attract students from all over the world, who bring with them their own ideas, their own innate ethnic rhythms, harmonies, melodies, and sometimes instruments. And they combine this with the American ideal of jazz."

Ayn Inserto

Associate Professor, Jazz Composition
ainserto@berklee.edu | 617 747-8355

"The idea of learning music is to take something that's been established for hundreds and hundreds of years and figure out how you can incorporate that but make it your own."

Bob Pilkington

Professor, Jazz Composition

"I show my students why fundamentals are important and how working on fundamentals is eventually going to get them to a place where they can make whatever music they want to in the professional world."

Shamie Royston

Assistant Professor, Jazz Composition
sroyston@berklee.edu | 617 747-6462

"After leaving my class, I want the students to take what I have shown them and expand it in their own schema of composing or performing to where it fits their own personality."

Jackson Schultz

Professor, Jazz Composition
jschultz@berklee.edu | 617 747-8344

"Teaching is like performing for me. I bring a lot of energy into the classroom and like to share that energy with my students."