Beth Platow

Assistant Professor
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Career Highlights
  • Published in various national and international literary and art magazines
  • Grolier Poetry Prize, 2003
  • PEN/New England Discovery Award, 2007
In Their Own Words

"Liberal arts at Berklee encompasses history, science, languages, whereas at most colleges and universities, those offices are separate. I like that my colleagues are teaching such different things, and I think it's a great opportunity for faculty and students to do cross-learning and to collaborate and work together."

"I love that the department is growing. Berklee students are talented, they're creative, and they're passionate, and that's what liberal arts is. I think it's great for them to be able to get away from music for a little while. I've heard from a lot of upper-semester students that in the end they were really glad that they took liberal arts courses because it was a nice break from music, music, music, all the time."

"I was on the staff here for 11 years in the Counseling and Advising Center, and I was running a first-year advising program until I left that position to teach. I particularly love working with entering students. They're starting out on this journey that for so many has been a dream since they were children. I'm really fueled by their excitement and their energy. Thinking back to when I was a freshman, I'm really fortunate that I connected with an upper semester student, my roommate, and several faculty members the first few weeks. Coming into an urban setting where there are a lot of like-minded people but also a lot of competition, and looking for connections, I think it's really a challenge, so I'm trying more than anything to provide connections in our class. I want them to connect to their creativity and their passion, and I want them to connect with each other and certainly with me. You can come to me and it doesn't have to be about the first draft of your essay."