Who We Are

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) is a creative music institute with a progressive vision to develop the artist of the new millennium, a global citizen who is aware of the diversity of musical experiences and is sensitive to and respectful of the importance of cultural richness and history. These artists seek to use music for the betterment of society and want to create a positive musical climate, which will contribute to solving the social problems of the 21st century. 

The BGJI is a place where creative music, social work, interconnected learning, and passion for ecology find common tones. 

A Global Opportunity

The BGJI is designed to help instrumentalists and vocalists with unique talent and wide-ranging musical interests achieve their artistic goals through an experiential and interdisciplinary approach. Developing global jazz artists who seek to evolve to the highest levels—as both musicians and human beings—will find a true home in the BGJI environment, which will provide both the support and range of challenges necessary for sustained creative growth.

Students accepted to the BGJI may pursue a bachelor's degree, a diploma in performance, a two-year artist's diploma or a Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration). In addition to being mentored by and playing with jazz masters, students will travel together and perform at festivals in Panama, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Chile, Europe, and other locations. BGJI students will also come together in new musical collectives to record original material in the studio.

Service learning is integral to the program. "Our students have been given great musical talent," says Marco Pignataro, the BGJI's managing director. "We'll teach that, as artists, they are responsible to positively affect their communities." BGJI students will give back by working with children, teaching music in the Boston area and in other cities during performance trips. The program also provides opportunities to connect creative thinking in music with the restoration of nature. In general, students will develop the skills needed to become role models for a new generation of musicians and to inspire leadership in others.