Strings

For you, music is not a hobby; it is going to be your career.

The String Department at Berklee offers you the most diverse and contemporary string education to be found anywhere. We provide individualized instruction in violin, viola, cello, harp, banjo, and mandolin, and we offer you professional faculty who are specialists in each discipline, course work specifically designed to enhance your talents and abilities, and myriad playing opportunities.

We know how your instrument fits into today's music world, and we give it the respect it deserves. We know that the string player is not just a sideperson anymore, but a powerful musical leader, and that string instruments are extremely flexible and expressive, and effective in any musical style. Studying at a school that offers a variety of musical styles is the most important way for you to turn your playing into a career.

What Music Teaches You: Strings

String Department chair Melissa Howe discusses how students break the classical mold to learn the skill of improvisation and envision the music of tomorrow. Preparing yourself to make great music is hard work, but Berklee students have fun with it.