Focused Areas of Study
At Berklee, you'll encounter a wide range of musicians and genres, and, therefore, endless opportunities to explore every corner of the contemporary music universe. For those of you compelled to deepen your focus in a particular area, Berklee provides several focused areas of study. Students participating in these programs will enjoy a range of multidisciplinary studies concentrating on history, performance, composition, improvisation, the social power of music, and many other subjects. Follow the links below to learn more.
- Africana Studies
A discipline within the Liberal Arts Department providing innovative and comprehensive studies in black-music practice, history, meaning, and culture with a focus on styles such as blues, jazz, gospel, soul, Cuban, contemporary urban music, and others. Emphasizes the relationship between music and society. Director: Bill Banfield.
- American Roots Music Program
Explores America's musical and cultural heritage, focusing on styles such as country, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and others. The program's curriculum focuses on ensemble playing and nontraditional improvisation, and will present visiting artists, concerts, and symposiums. Artistic director: Matt Glaser.
- Berklee Global Jazz Institute
A performance program in which students are given opportunities to explore their creativity and musicianship to the highest level possible, advance the social power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment. Artistic director: Danilo Pérez.
- Berklee India Exchange
An initiative establishing a platform for cultural conversation about Indian music through artist residencies, musical collaborations, and performances. An axis point for Indian students to share their music with and experience the music of Berklee musicians, and vice versa. Founders: Annette Philip and Clint Valladares.
- Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship
The fast-evolving music industry requires the next generation of leaders to be boldly creative and innovative. The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) will provide learning and research opportunities, visiting lecturers, a company start-up accelerator, and more, all designed to inspire, educate, and launch the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. Founding managing director: Panos Panay.
- Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute
An innovative opportunity for students to collaborate with artists across the globe and across disciplines, including dance, theater, video/sculpture installation, experimental performance, robotics, virtual reality, and other emerging genres. Artistic Director: Neil Leonard.
- Berklee Popular Music Institute
An immersive education program that gives students the opportunity to interface with all facets of the music industry, including working in A&R, artist devolopment, recording, booking, promotion, social media, sponsorship, and live shows. Students are paired with artists and the collaborations culminate with placements at major summer festivals. Artistic Director: Jeff Dorenfeld.
- Latin Music Studies
A cross-departmental effort that enables students to immerse themselves in a range of Latin music styles and pursue a dedicated performance studies minor that underscores the sociological, political, and anthropological contexts. Also features frequent visiting artists and an annual performance series. Faculty advisor: Oscar Stagnaro.
- Planet MicroJam Institute
Planet MicroJam collides sonic esthetics from our increasingly connected global village to create music that sounds like a Gauguin painting—a raw, powerful, and extremely colorful mix of Eastern and Western elements. Artistic director: David Fiuczynski.
- Mediterranean Music Institute
Music from the Mediterranean, with its non-Western instruments, tonal systems, and rhythmic forms, brings the promise of exciting new musical fusions and opportunities for both musicians and audiences. This program stimulates cultural exchange of the folk-based music traditions of the various regions of the Mediterranean, internationally promotes these traditions, and supports young and emerging talent from the area. Executive director: Matthew Nicholl. Artistic director: Javier Limón.