Composition

The Composition Department provides a thorough course of study in all areas of traditional and contemporary musical composition, including tonal and non-tonal writing techniques, orchestration and score preparation.

The department also offers advanced training in orchestral conducting.

A faculty of forty active composers and conductors, many with national and international reputations, guide you in preparing for a career as a professional writer.

Composition Department Facilities and Resources

  • Professional Writing Division MIDI Lab: This lab consists of 12 fully configured workstations and a separate similarly equipped studio for live overdubbing to provide you with hands-on access to professional music technology.
  • Berklee Performance Center and Recital Halls: These performance venues are available to you throughout the year for recitals and concerts.
  • Recording Studios: Each of the college's 10 recording facilities is outfitted with professional-level equipment configured to meet a variety of teaching and recording needs.

Every year the Professional Writing Division and Composition Department organize a series of faculty and student concerts, showcasing faculty and student compositions and arrangements.

For further information about the Composition Department, please email composition@berklee.edu or call 617 747-8185.