Liberal Arts Faculty

Eric Reuter

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
ereuter@berklee.edu | 617 747-8251

"Outside of Berklee, I'm a live engineer and acoustician, and I integrate these experiences into my classes. The reality is that there aren't enough jobs in recording studios. It's a really difficult world. So I try to introduce other possibilities. There are a lot of jobs in audio that aren't 'recording engineer' or 'producer.' And the things that you need to know, or that are useful to know, are very similar for a lot of these various careers—live sound or location recording, or even acoustics to some extent. These other jobs are viable and respectable. I think it's our responsibility to present those as options."

Julie Rold

Professor, Liberal Arts
jrold@berklee.edu | 617 747-8405

"I think writing and music actually have a lot in common: both are auditory arts. I try to get students to see that great prose and poetry is fundamentally about creating great sound. It's through language, but it's still sound. I want my students to be attuned to the musicality of the language, even when they're writing something seemingly straightforward."

Emma Romeu

Assistant 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. If they have a group and they have a pianist who speaks Spanish, they can make the situation more comfortable for everybody. They need Spanish to sing, too. They ask me a lot of musical terms. All the time I have in mind that they are artists. I don't forget it." 

Julianne Russell

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
jrussell2@berklee.edu | 617 747-6982

"I want students to come away from my classes knowing that they have learned something interesting, not just about the English language, but also about the modern world and music itself."

Anthony Scibilia

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses)
ascibilia@berklee.edu | 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. When a student has that level of depth in any one area, I find that it's very easy to give them something that isn't in their area and, very quickly, something coagulates. They build a world around it much more easily than if there aren't some simple structures in place. When you've had your own deep experience of something, you're able to say, 'I recognize that. This sounds like something that I know, but it's just being done in visual art instead of music.'"

Matthew Smith

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
mlsmith@berklee.edu | 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. That’s something I try to communicate to my students so they don’t see me as some sort of dry scientist who just wants to reduce everything to a bunch of tedious equations. Mathematics isn’t just numbers and formulae and equations, it’s taking things that you know and trying to use those to find out something that you would like to know but do not currently know. I don’t expect to produce a class of mathematicians, but I at least hope that my students appreciate the greater role of mathematics and the ideas underlying it, not just in music but in the wider world."

Anne Squire

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
asquire@berklee.edu | 617 747-8507

"Being in a musical environment, it makes sense to use songs as a learning tool. Singing canons, translating lyrics, and listening to popular or art songs have been fun class activities. 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."

Elizabeth Teret

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts

"I enjoy my time with students, and value their input. I encourage them to work together to help each other learn. I hope that students will learn the value of quantitative analysis from my acoustics classes."

Ben Thomas

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
bthomas1@berklee.edu | 617 747-8697
  • B.A., Brandeis University
  • M.A., Boston University
  • Ph.D., Boston University
  • Author of “Visualizing the Political Landscape of the Sibun River” in Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Maya Lowlands: Papers of the 2003 Belize Archaeology Symposium
  • Coauthor of “Wetlands, Rivers, and Caves: Agricultural and Ritual Practice in Two Lowland Maya Landscapes” in Perspectives on Ancient Maya Rural Complexity
  • Coeditor of Sacred Landscape and Settlement in the Sibun River Valley

Charles Walker

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
cdwalker@berklee.edu | 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
vwallis@berklee.edu | 617 747-8122

"I'm very concerned to keep up with as many dimensions as possible of what's happening now. I have a sort of listserv-an email list of people to whom I send items about current politics; for instance, an analysis of Obama's appointees in the economic realm. I've had an academic career in political science. I edit the journal Socialism and Democracy. The latest issue has a special focus on immigrants. I also write for Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, theMonthly Review—which has a pretty wide international circulation. So I keep busy!"

Wayne Wild

Associate Professor, Liberal Arts
wwild@berklee.edu | 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, what Aaron Copland calls being both inside and outside a work simultaneously, as creator or audience. It's kind of an exquisite moment. Poets also speak to that, and how to combine spontaneity with form, to be both Dionysian and Apollonian. That is a supreme aesthetic question I ask students to consider, as they learn so much order and form at Berklee yet want to express their own spontaneous impulses."

Michael M. Williams

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts
mmwilliams@berklee.edu | 617 747-2350

"I am consistently impressed by the capacity for critical thinking, the engagement, and the verbal acrobatics that the students are able to achieve in class. These are some of the best and brightest students that I've ever taught. They love to talk. Students are invariably interested in sharing their own experiences and applying reading, theory, and philosophy to their everyday life. I think that students welcome reflection. That's something that's special about Berklee. I think it has to do with their being creative artists."

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