Music Education Faculty

Cecil Adderley

cadderley@berklee.edu | 617 747-2426

"Teaching in the Music Education Department, you have to prepare people to do it all. Most state certificates for music educators are not area- and grade-specific like those for English or science."

Elizabeth Allison

Associate Professor, Music Education
eallison@berklee.edu | 617 747-8899

"I think I work in the best department in the college, because not only do I get to make music, I also get to help the next generation of teachers help people make music."

Peter Cokkinias

Professor, Music Education
pcokkinias@berklee.edu | 617 747-8146

"If you can't sell yourself to the students first, no matter what good things you say, if you don't show that you want to be there, you won't reach them."

Dominick Ferrara

Associate Professor, Music Education
dferrara1@berklee.edu | 617 747-3169

"I spent sixteen years teaching in New Jersey middle and high schools. One of my goals is to train future teachers—to keep it going, pass it along to next generation.

Janet Haas

Assistant Professor, Music Education
jhaas@berklee.edu | 617 747-6015

"Teaching is a source of constant joy. Beginning strings players start with no skills and within a few weeks they are playing and enjoying their instruments. It is like watching spring flowers blossom!"

John Hagon

Professor, Music Education
jhagon@berklee.edu | 617 747-2427

"I'm teaching my first love: conducting. To be able to develop future conductors and their techniques is really very exciting."

Stefani M. Langol

Associate Professor, Music Education
slangol@berklee.edu | 617 747-2874
  • Music educator, clinician, author, and consultant
  • Member of the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) Advisory Board

Faith Lueth

Professor, Music Education
flueth@berklee.edu | 617 747-8265

"If my students at Berklee can be passionate about music and share their passion, they can teach for a thousand years and never burn out."

Charlene Ryan

Associate Professor, Music Education
cryan1@berklee.edu | 617 747-6020

"Choral Rehearsal Techniques is a really fun class. I structure it like a lab. I give students scores that they would use in a typical middle or high school choir, and they prepare them to teach. They learn the parts, the text, the conducting; they plan the most effective and efficient way to teach them. Then they actually teach and conduct the work, over a series of weeks. They get up in front of their classmates and teach them as if they were teaching a middle or high school class. They need to think a little differently, to imagine that they are not working with their professional peers, but rather with developing musicians. For example, they need to think: 'How would I approach this particular piece with middle schoolers, who have some reading skills, but maybe not extensive reading skills?'"

Nalora Steele

Professor, Music Education
nsteele@berklee.edu | 617 747-8324

"In Music Education, what intrigues me is the whole process of quickly bringing students from studenthood to professionalism. Seeing students turn into competent teachers: that's the reward."

Wayne Ward

Professor, Music Education
wward@berklee.edu | 617 747-8392

"I hope students come away from my classes with an increased sense of confidence in themselves and in their teaching so that when they find themselves in front of their own students they will conduct, speak, sing, or play an instrument confidently."

Kirstie Wheeler

Assistant Professor, Music Education
kwheeler@berklee.edu | 617 747-6847

"I would like students to come away with an appreciation for the whole child; being eager to seek opportunities and new ideas to engage the learner."