Bass

Berklee Bass Department chair Steve Bailey and performance scholar in residence Victor Wooten

Many of today’s most successful bass players began their careers at Berklee. Most came to Berklee because of who and what we are: the world’s largest independent music school and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. Others came because they were inspired by one or more of our many thousands of graduates who apply their artistry in concert halls, clubs, recording studios, and music schools the world over.

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Berklee bass alumni include:

Berklee’s Bass Department offers the world’s most comprehensive education for acoustic and electric bass (always on the cutting edge, Berklee was the first music college to recognize the electric bass as a legitimate instrument). Our faculty specialize in a plethora of styles, including rock, jazz, funk, gospel, metal, Latin, fusion, and pop. Their credits run the gamut from Weather Report to Willie Nelson, Madonna to Jethro Tull, Paquito D’Rivera to Dizzy Gillespie, the Boston Pops to Mike Stern—and all points in between.

Our unique curriculum is carefully designed to efficiently transform your weaknesses into strengths and your passion into your profession. Your learning is reinforced by myriad playing opportunities and by visiting artists who participate in Berklee residencies, clinics, and master classes, such as Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, and Victor Wooten, among many more.

Watch Berklee bass alumna Alissia Benveniste perform live with fellow Berklee students: