How to Apply to the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration)
The program seeks extraordinary musicians who want to use their art to do good in the world.
Create your account and submit your online application along with the nonrefundable application fee. Note that the application fee is waived for Berklee alumni.
You will be asked to submit supporting materials as part of this online application.
Statement of Purpose
This is your chance to tell us all about you, including your musical, academic, and professional journey, and why you would like to pursue a master’s degree at Berklee (400–500 words).
Include your personal details, education background, and work experience.
One Letter of Recommendation
Recommendation should come from someone you have worked or collaborated with who can speak in-depth about your musical strengths and skills.
Official Transcripts and Diploma
Submit official transcripts from your undergraduate degree. Please do not submit transcripts from high school. For applicants who attended a university outside the U.S. or Canada, refer to the International Applicants section for more information about transcripts.
This is considered your "audition." It should include a table of contents and clearly labeled sections.
1. Performance Videos
You will be asked to submit video recordings of your performance of each of the following:
- A blues tune
- Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” or John Coltrane’s “Impressions” or “Naima.” This tune should be in a 6/8 groove.
- An original composition
- A piece of your choice
At least two of these performances should be in an ensemble setting.
2. Thesis Ideas
Describe one to three potential projects that interest you as possible ideas for your culminating experience (thesis) project. These could be a musical performance idea, a recording project, an original album idea, or another initiative that you would like to pursue while at Berklee.
Each description should be one paragraph long, as specific as possible, and include how each project will foster your academic, artistic, musical, and professional growth.
3. Optional Materials
In addition to the above requirements, you also have the option to submit the following materials for consideration:
- A link to your personal website or Facebook artist page that conveys a sense of your artistry; and
- Your one-page artist biography, not written in the first-person voice (note that this is different from the statement of purpose and résumé).
Once your application is received, the graduate admissions committee will review it and contact you for a preliminary interview.
After reviewing the portfolios and the initial interviews, the committee will invite selected applicants for a final interview. These invitations are typically sent out around mid-February.
Learn more about what to expect during the interview process.
3. Final Decisions
The final decisions will be sent out by March 31. You will receive your decision via email.
Every student accepted into this program receives a full-tuition grant. Learn more about this annual grant.
You may still choose to apply for financial aid in order to cover related costs.