Te’Zhuen Watson

Class of
Berklee College of Music

Pronouns Used: He/Him/His

Hometown: Lumberton, New Jersey 

Principal Instrument: Trombone

Majors: Music Business/Management and Performance

Minor: Recording and Production for Musicians

Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

I've had so many great experiences at Berklee, but my favorite so far is studying abroad. Living in Valencia [Spain] and interacting with multiple cultures outside of my own definitely bolstered my artistry and developed my identity as a global citizen. It was a transformative experience, and I definitely recommend students do a semester abroad.

When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?

It’s so hard to pick one class! So far my favorite classes are Tia Fuller’s Rainbow Big Band, Ralph Peterson’s Art Blakey Ensemble, Tonya Butler’s Legal Aspects of the Music Industry, and Valerie Lovely’s Advanced Legal Issues and Contract Negotiations. All of these classes challenged me and added to my artistry.

What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston? 

Being able to perform at so many places around the city. I come from a small suburb so I usually have to leave my town to perform. In Boston, that’s not the case.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?

Practice, practice, and practice more! If you’re able to, you should take private lessons. They will enhance your technical ability and add to your wheelhouse of tools you’ll be demonstrating during your audition.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is the Red Room. I have a lot of fond memories in that room.

Why did you choose Berklee?

To become the best all-around musician I could. I needed a place that could refine all of my talents, and Berklee was the only institution that could accomplish that task.

What are your plans for after graduation?

To be honest, I don’t have any set plans—but I have a lot of options. I recently completed an internship that resulted in a job offer. It’s possible that I might go work for the company after I graduate.

What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed performing on stage. My confidence and ability has grown because of the opportunities I’ve had to perform on and off campus.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

In the 10 semesters I’ve been at Berklee, I’ve never performed in the Berklee Performance Center, so I’m looking to perform there this year.

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