"In my writing courses, I tell my students that the book we use is the book of their lives. I make them delve into themselves and write about personal experiences they felt changed them. I want my students to learn something about themselves that will help them make decisions in their lives. I want them to remember why they're at Berklee, and to remember that being creative is a gift to be thankful for and nurture. It's like a little fire that you have to take responsibility not to let go out."
"I had a student one semester who said to me, 'I feel so much better knowing that the things I struggle with now are questions that people have always struggled with.' History teaches us to know ourselves."
"If you've hit the wall on a music project and you feel tapped out, that's a perfect time to pick up your pen and write some prose, even a stream of consciousness, to free you up. When words start to flow, so does the music."
"Students need Spanish in many senses. They need it to communicate with the public sometimes, because they have many kinds of audiences. They need Spanish to speak with producers who can hire them in other countries, to speak with other musicians."
"As a native of France, I consider discussing French culture as another important aspect of my teaching. And because of the international student body of Berklee, comparing our cultures always lead to very interesting exchanges."
"I hope that students will learn the value of quantitative analysis from my acoustics classes. They will gain a greater appreciation of the physical conditions that govern sound, and how to manipulate those conditions in order to enhance their performances and recordings."