Liberal Arts Faculty

Peter Payack

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617 747-8444

"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."

Patricia Peknik

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-3101

"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."

Rebecca Perricone

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-8844

"In my classes I emphasize that performing is an offering of the heart."

Simone Pilon | 617-747-6329

"I try to have a very open classroom in the sense that I like the students to feel very comfortable to participate."

Beth Platow

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-3113

"I like that my colleagues are teaching such different things, and I think it's a great opportunity for faculty and students to do cross-learning and to collaborate and work together."

Mark Polanzak

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

"It's all about communication and connection, expression. So when they learn, 'I can communicate through writing,' they go back and transfer it to music."

Steven D. Rauch

Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-6504

"My teaching style is interactive; the student(s) and I partner in the learning process."

Stephanie Reich

Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-6031

"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."

Eric Reuter

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617-747-8251

"I try to explain things the way that I wish that they had been explained to me."

Julie Rold

Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-8405

"I try to get students to see that great prose and poetry is fundamentally about creating great sound."

Emma Romeu

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts

"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." 

Julianne Russell

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-6982

"I try to relate the curriculum to the outside world and news as much as possible, so students not only learn English but also feel prepared to face the challenges ahead."

Anthony Scibilia

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-6049

"I'm assuming a certain level of dedication and competence and passion on the part of the students, and I'm appreciating that very deeply."

Cristina Serverius

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

Matthew Smith

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617-747-6135

"It’s possible to appreciate the scientific side of music without losing your appreciation of the fact that it is a form of expression, that it is an art form."

Anne Squire

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-8507

"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."

Adam Szetela

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-6706

"I want my students to leave my classroom as strong writers and communicators who have the power to critically examine society and the optimism to change it."

Elizabeth Teret

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

"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."

Ben Thomas

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-8697


Charles Walker

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-6013

"If I've done my job, students should leave my classroom feeling respected, encouraged, and slightly more attentive to the ways they express themselves than when they walked in."

Victor Wallis

Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-8122

"I emphasize a kind of social awareness—a sense that students can do something about the world, that they're not helpless."

Wayne Wild

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-8409

"The supreme moment of creativity is reaching that level in which you are both entirely engaged with what you're doing and yet aware that you're in it."

Michael M. Williams

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts | 617-747-2350

"It's not as if my intellectual academic publishing is separate from my teaching; it's very intertwined."