Margaret Phillips

Associate Professor
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"I think you can get a unique education in the Woodwind Department at Berklee, unlike a conservatory education of strictly classical lessons, for example. I love teaching students at Berklee because it's unlike any other place that I teach. The students come from such varied backgrounds, and every student who comes into my studio is so unique. Some are really advanced, some are not, but all are incredibly interesting to me."

"Most of my students are not performance majors, so I see them coming from all fields of study at Berklee, such as MP&E and music therapy. I focus on sound bassoon technique, great tone production, and the ability to sight read well, because you're only as good as your sight reading! I try to develop critical listeners, so that whatever field in which they end up, they still know what a good sound is. And studying bassoon at Berklee is fun; my students almost always leave class in a better mood than when they came in."

"My performing career is extremely varied, and my professional background includes years and years of teaching and performing experience. I'm in a different place every week, and I enjoy that because I never get bored. I've played in all kinds of different ensembles. I also play a lot in my lessons, I think that's effective and makes me a better teacher."

Career Highlights


  • B.M., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • M.M., Boston University
  • Bassoonist and contrabassoonist
  • Member of the Boston Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Portland Symphony
  • Performances with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
  • Recordings on Koch, Pickwick, Titanic, and New Albin labels