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. 


The 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.

Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade of B or higher (3.00–4.00) in each level 1 (core music) course, and a grade of C or higher (2.00–4.00) in each level 2 (other liberal arts and general electives) course designated for transfer in this agreement (see "Required Courses" below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee.  

To earn credit for any course in level 1 for which students receive a grade below B, students will be required upon entering Berklee to (1) take the entering student proficiency assessment (ESPA) for harmony and ear training courses; (2) earn credit by exam (CBX) for music technology, tonal harmony, and counterpoint courses; or (3) enroll in the course at Berklee. For any course in level 2 for which students receive a grade below C, credit will not be granted.  

Residency Requirements
Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement: All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete at least four semesters of attendance and a minimum of 60 credits for the Bachelor of Music degree (or 48 credits for the professional diploma) in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about core music courses at Berklee. 

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 use six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may use up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit. Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement (see above). This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.  

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 are nontransferable. Berklee’s policy states that all students, including transfer students, must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee, regardless of their level of proficiency. All transfer students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival at Berklee to ensure appropriate placement in principal instrument courses.

We encourage you to review the Berklee Global Academic Partner Berklee Track Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information about the credit transfer process.

Curriculum and Courses

Required Core Music Courses (18 Potential Transfer Credits) 

Students must complete all of the required core music courses listed in block 1 below to be eligible for transfer credits. Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask for details.

Block 1 (12 credits)   
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)

MT1: Music Technology 1 and  
MT2: Music Technology 2

MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
BLOCK 2 (6 Potential additional credits)
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)

Potential Transfer Credit Summary
Level 1 courses: 18 credits
Level 2 courses: N/A
Ensemble courses: 6 credits
Total: 24 credits