Faculty

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Jimmy Kachulis

Professor, Songwriting
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses)
jkachulis@berklee.edu | 617 747-8240

"There are no other songwriting majors in the world. We're the only show in town. If you want to study songwriting full time, you have to come to Berklee College of Music. If anybody else teaches songwriting, they usually teach the business of songwriting, the publishing side. A couple places that I'm aware of have a songwriting course and a course in how to write lyrics. Lyrics are something that most people can relate to because a lot of them have either read or written poetry or short stories. Most of them have written some lyrics before they've come into class. So it's not that big of a leap to become a better lyric writer. But a lot of people don't really know what's going on musically in a song."

Scarlet Keys

Associate Professor, Songwriting
skeys@berklee.edu | 617 747-8455

"I create an environment in the classroom that is relaxed, fun, and creative because although craft is an intellectual pursuit, creativity needs to run rampant. It’s like a child learning to walk; it needs to have the freedom to try things out, to play and discover itself."

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?"