Bachelor of Music in Performance: Piano
- All students at Berklee College of Music study a principal instrument and will ultimately select a major in their second semester. We offer 12 diverse majors; many students choose performance, the largest major at the college.
As a pianist majoring in performance at Berklee, you will learn the skills, concepts, and methodology required to demonstrate professional-level proficiency on the piano. You’ll achieve this through private lessons, which include proficiency-based final exams, piano labs, and performance studies classes.
Watch Berklee pianist Zahili Gonzalez Zamora perform with her band:
Upon completion of a major in performance, piano students will:
- Synthesize and integrate knowledge of posture, hand position, and instrumental technique into daily practice routine;
- Demonstrate technical proficiency on principal instrument, as evidenced by touch, phrasing, and fingering;
- Play a wide variety of contemporary and traditional styles;
- Read conventional and chord-symbol (lead sheet) notation;
- Play alone and in ensembles of varying size, instrumentation, and stylistic orientation;
- Apply knowledge of musical styles and harmonic practices in improvisation; and
- Synthesize and integrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional musical styles into performance.