Global Music Institute—India

The Global Music Institute (GMI) is India’s leading contemporary music institute, offering innovative programs that enable young musicians to shape their futures in the global music industry. The institute was founded in 2011 by Aditya and Tarun Balani with the mission of bringing a distinctive and modern approach to music education to India.

GMI works to promote cross-cultural musical dialogue and exchange, especially between contemporary and more traditional styles of music, through its diverse international faculty. We believe in the power of music to transcend linguistic, economic, cultural, and intellectual barriers, and envision a local-to-global music community in which all people, genres, cultures, instruments, and sounds are in a state of dynamic collaboration and learning. 

Music education at GMI is viewed as a holistic learning experience. We believe in developing well-rounded students with a deep awareness and understanding of musical diversity, and a strong sense of professionalism. 


GMI is dedicated to enabling artistic and professional excellence while strengthening pathways to connect with and add value to the global music community. 


Our programs, contemporary in content and approach, include interdisciplinary instruction in Hindustani music, Western classical music, and world music. They offer group and private instruction, ensembles, ear training, music theory, music technology, seminars, workshops, and performance opportunities at the GMI campus and outside, enabling students to become versatile performing artists. New Delhi has a number of cultural centers, music venues, and clubs that collaborate with students and faculty from the institute, providing unparalleled professional performance opportunities designed to integrate students into a thriving live music circuit and performing arts community.


GMI invites diverse international faculty across various stylistic and cultural backgrounds. Private lessons, music forums, ensemble workshops, and performances by faculty and visiting artists broaden the students' perspectives and foster a spirit of musical and personal growth.


The institute is situated on a two-acre campus facility with 12,000 square feet of student housing and 40,000 square feet of academic space, including the following:

  • A 150-seat auditorium
  • An amphitheater
  • Multipurpose classrooms
  • Private teaching studios
  • A multimedia library
  • An audio production lab with specialized music software
  • Practice rooms
  • Student and faculty apartments 
  • Student lounges
  • A cafeteria
Entrance Requirements

GMI students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at GMI in accordance with an agreement between the two schools. This agreement allows students to transfer courses after completing all the GMI courses listed in the year one and, optionally, the year two blocks listed in the required courses section below.

Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses, and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.

See more information about the Berklee core music courses.

Liberal Arts and General Electives 

Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: GMI transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at GMI will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.

Potential transfer credits in ensembles: 6 credits 

Required Courses

Core Music Courses: Potential Transfer Credits 18

Year One  
MAT: Music Application and Theory PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
HR2: Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
ET1: Ear Training 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
ET 2: Ear Training 2 ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Year Two  
HR3: Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
HR4: Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
AR1: Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)

MT1: Music Technology 1  
MT2: Music Technology 2

MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)

Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 24 credits