Many of today's most successful pianists began their careers at Berklee, including Cyrus Chestnut, Jan Hammer, Bruce Hornsby, Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Rob Mounsey, Makoto Ozone, Danilo Pérez, and Joe Zawinul.
They came to Berklee because of who we are: the world's largest independent music school and the premier institution for the study of today's music.
The Piano Department at Berklee offers the most comprehensive piano education you'll find anywhere. We provide individualized instruction. We offer you professional faculty who specialize in each discipline, course work specifically designed to enhance your abilities, and abundant playing opportunities.
We respect the classical traditions of piano instruction. We also understand that the piano is a versatile and expressive instrument that can be effective in any musical style, and we know how its potential fits into today's music world. Studying at a school that offers you this full range of knowledge is the most important way for you to turn your playing into a career.
Coming to Berklee
Once a year, Berklee sets aside a week to showcase each instrumental department. Piano Week, which takes place during the spring semester, features major concert events, equipment demonstrations, industry exhibits, and clinics spotlighting visiting artists and piano faculty members.
Berklee Summer Programs
In addition to Berklee's full-time course of study, the college also offers summer programs focusing on a variety of instruments and music topics. In particular, the Five-Week Summer Performance Program covers all aspects of performance. It includes classes, workshops, and participation in ensembles as well as private lessons, lecture/demonstrations by faculty and visiting artists, and exposure to the latest innovations in music technology.