Ivan Sever

  • Career Highlights
    • Experienced recording engineer, on-location sound engineer, and film composer
    • Keyboardist and guitarist with contemporary music groups
    • Staff media specialist, Harvard University
    • Editor-in-chief, Czech Info Center, an Internet information resource
  • Education
    • B.A., City College of New York

In Their Own Words

"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."

"Over the years, these two memories became the guiding principles in my teaching. I want my students to feel what I felt then, that recording music is a magical experience—regardless of technology. I'm trying hard not to teach them 'gear,' because it really doesn't matter what the tools are. What is important is for them to understand why we do what we do and what to be listening for. It is truly exciting to see when it happens, when a student has that 'aha' moment."

"My second most important teaching principle is that in order for any learning to take place, the students must have fun. They will remember better what I want to get across if they are entertained in the process."

"It is hard for a typical Berklee student to distinguish between what is good and what is bad, what is important and what doesn't really matter, in all the hype and hyperbole on the Internet. This is where my professional background (and the professional background of all the Berklee faculty) comes in. We are here to help them along their way and to teach them how to survive any fad in their chosen field. This is something they cannot just pick up on a job."

"In my own area, as long as musicians try to communicate well with those beyond the walls of their own room, there'll always be a need for music recording mentors. Even for the ones that remember the dinosaurs."