Robert Christopherson

Associate Professor
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  • Career Highlights


    • B.M., Berklee College of Music
    • Private studies in technique, improvisation, and composition with Charlie Banacos and vocal studies with Dr. Eddie Watson
    • Studio-live performance as a performer, writer, and producer
    • Private teacher of classical, jazz, and blues improvisation, specializing in rhythmic studies, voicing techniques, and reharmonizations


In Their Own Words

"Every student is unique and possesses his or her own strengths and weaknesses. As a teacher, I strive to work from this point. At times, music can be overwhelming, so each lesson must inspire, energize, and motivate the student. There are lots of exercises we must practice to be able to express our art. The greater our skills, the greater the art we can create."

"From my own background as a performer, I've learned how to prepare for a concert, how to choose the right musicians, how to choose the order of songs, and how to deal with the nerves factor. I've also had a lot of experience with other, less obvious aspects of performance, such as promotion, warming up, and memorization. I draw on this experience in my teaching."

"Whatever the style of music being played, a musician must have a good feel—a strong inner sense of time. This is not something we are born with. We have to develop it with rhythmic ear training. And every style must be studied."

"My priority, beyond the academics, is never to lose sight of why we are here: our love of music and our inner urge and need for expression. The students' quest for knowledge and passion for music is the best part about teaching at Berklee. Also, the great resources and support the college provides enables me to be my best."