Principal Instruments

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(s) you wish in student-organized recitals and sessions.


Bass

Instruments: Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass

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Brass

Instruments: Baritone Horn, French Horn, Trombone, Trombone (Bass), Trumpet, Tuba

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Electronic Digital Instrument

An electronic digital instrument (EDI) comprises:

  1. a computer;
  2. user-configured software; and
  3. any combination of the following controller capabilities:
    • Grid control (e.g., Ableton Push 2, Novation Launchpad) 
    • Keyboard control (e.g., Novation Launchkey, Arturia KeyStep Pro) 
    • Mix control (e.g., Novation Launch Control, AKAI APC40 mkII)

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Guitar

Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar

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Percussion

Instruments: Drum Set, Marimba, Percussion, Percussion (Hand), Steelpan, Vibraphone

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Piano

Instruments: Piano (Acoustic), Hammond Organ 

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Strings

Instruments: Acoustic Strings, Banjo, Cello, Mandolin, Harp, Viola, Violin

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Woodwinds

Instruments: Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone (Alto), Saxophone (Baritone), Saxophone (Soprano), Saxophone (Tenor)

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Voice

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