Jeff is very skilled at his own thing, but being a teacher myself I think he has a lot to learn in that regard. When you go to a school to learn the basics of music most of us I think would prefer someone with a wider perspective on music and life in general. The teacher I got the best along with at the Players' School was the piano teacher Matt Boculic. Great teacher, really nice guy and plays with true passion.Now Jeff Berlin rants just bore me.In reference to those who have studied with him...Is he a good teacher? Just reading some of this stuff you can almost vicariously draw conclusions about that. Big mouths who came to education through the back door used to be a sore spot at the Smith Thanksgiving dinner. The conclusion was there are thousands of great teachers who can problem solve behind the scenes without the big mouth...and yes...playing and teaching appear to be two different professions. Being able to play doesn't always even give you as much as a clue about teaching.