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You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you’ve got to practice, practice and practice. And then, when you finally get up to the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.

Charlie Parker, American Jazz Saxophonist and Composer

Social workers are a lot like jazz musicians. We go out into the world, harmonize with a wide range of voices and instruments and we innovate through collaboration. The Berkeley Social Welfare classroom will teach you the history, the theory, the fundamental tenets and how to critically appraise. And it’s the field experience where students learn to play live in the unparalleled arena of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Greg Merrill, LCSW, Director of Field Education