Principal Instruments

Berklee stands by its commitment to embrace change by continually adding new principal instruments to its program of study. As a Berklee College of Music undergraduate student, you must declare one principal instrument on which you will advance your proficiency through private instruction, ensembles, and instrumental labs.

You may pursue additional instruction on a second instrument upon meeting the requirements of the appropriate department (additional private lesson fees apply). Whether you embrace one primary instrument or more, you will have plenty of opportunities to play whatever instrument you wish in student-organized recitals and sessions. Below is a listing of accepted principal instruments with links to each instrument's department page:



Banjo Strings
Baritone Horn Brass
Bass (Acoustic) Bass
Bass (Electric) Bass
Bass Clarinet Woodwinds
Bassoon Woodwinds
Cello Strings
Clarinet Woodwinds
Drum Set Percussion
Flute Woodwinds
French Horn Brass
Guitar Guitar
Harp Strings
Mandolin Strings
Marimba Percussion
Oboe Woodwinds
Percussion Percussion
Percussion (Hand) Percussion
Piano (Acoustic) Piano
Saxophone (Alto) Woodwinds
Saxophone (Baritone) Woodwinds
Saxophone (Tenor) Woodwinds
Steelpan Percussion
Trombone Brass
Trombone (Bass) Brass
Trumpet Brass
Tuba Brass
Vibraphone Percussion
Viola Strings
Violin Strings
Voice Voice