Professional Music Faculty

Kenn Brass | 617 747-2416

"In all the other majors at the college, the academic department determines all the required and elective courses. But professional music students literally dance to their own drummer—their own beat. These are people who tend to want to do things their own way. In the Professional Music Department, the student chooses their course of study, with close guidance. That self-directed approach appeals to a large number of students here. We're the third largest major at Berklee!"

Linda Gorham | 617 747-8316

"My courses are hands-on. You learn, you do. The students definitely want to know how to handle their money. They ask a lot of questions, good questions, because the subject matter is off-topic—it's not music."

Sean P. Hagon | 617 747-6926

"I want students to be able to have the freedom to explore and feel inspired. Most importantly, I want students to come away with feeling what they have learned is relevant, real-world-based knowledge that they can immediately apply, tempered with an entrepreneurial spirit to continue to learn and adapt throughout their career."

Jodi Leigh Allen

Associate Professor, Professional Music | 617 747-8077

"I teach Movement for Musicians. I start off just like a dance class, with some running in place and jumping jacks, and they're learning all the traditional terms: pliĆ©s, tendus, etc. But we also do a lot of stretching of the hamstrings, a lot of alignment work. The students are just very tight. I think musicians are always surrounding their instruments or doing something over and over again, so injuries start happening. It blows my mind how tight they are in their structures. We're just finding some sort of release of the tension right now."

Frederick Schmidt | 617 747-8845
  • B.M., Music Education, Boston University
  • M.A., Education, Cambridge College
  • Performances with Nat Cole, Pat Boone, Trini Lopez, Al Martino, and Billy Eckstine


Tom Stein | 617 747-8361


"The question I often will ask students is 'How will you see a return on your investment of time and money in coming to Berklee? 

How do you intend to realize artistic fulfillment and attain self-actualization? What is it that's going to make you feel fulfilled and happy in your career?' There are techniques related to these issues that are teachable. Some of these techniques have to do with marketing. You need strategies for reaching your prospective audience and for presenting yourself effectively to the right people in the industry. Our students are also strongly focused on learning the techniques involved in creating good music. There is a place where these techniques intersect, and I try to help students see it and visualize their niche, where they fit in."