Faculty

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Jack Perricone

Professor, Songwriting
jperricone@berklee.edu | 617 747-2385

"Berklee-trained songwriters have a deeper understanding of melody writing, lyric writing, harmony, and arranging than the average 'street' writer, and that's what gives our graduates an edge. And, through classes that offer regular critiques of their work, our students learn how well their songs are communicating and how to deal with criticism-as well as the importance of rewriting."

Benjamin Samama

Assistant Professor, Songwriting
bsamama@berklee.edu | 617 747-6445

"I want to inspire my students to pursue their passion, not force them to do something they’re not passionate about. So a big part of my curriculum is having them create, and push themselves to be as productive as possible with their creativity." 

Ivan Sever

Associate Professor, Songwriting
isever@berklee.edu | 617 747-2393

"I think I've been fortunate to experience firsthand the unprecedented revolution in recording technology. I still remember walking into a recording studio for the first time and feeling a kind of reverence for the place: the subdued lighting, the noiseless rush of cool air, and the smell of tape stock. I also remember witnessing my first digital recording session and being in awe of this invisible and mind-boggling new way of capturing sound."

Mark Simos

Associate Professor, Songwriting
msimos@berklee.edu | 617 747-3129

"I don't stand in front of the class dissecting students' songs. That style of critique reinforces the false notion that there is just one way of writing a good song, oriented towards following mainstream conventions. What about the song that's going to come along every once in a while—like John Hartford's Gentle On My Mind—that breaks every single rule and is a brilliant song?"