Professional Music

Berklee students perform with members of Beyoncé's original band; photo by Kelly Davidson

Maybe your vision for your Berklee education doesn’t fit neatly into any one program. It’s a little of this, a little of that—it’s as individual as you are. If that’s the case, the professional music major is for you. As a professional music major, you’ll work with departmental advisors to create an educational plan tailored to what you hope to achieve in the music industry.

Your instructors will guide you every step of the way—not only helping you develop the skills you’ll need to thrive in today’s ever-changing music environment, but also encouraging you to answer your special musical calling. You'll take a selection of courses geared toward the professional musician. These courses form the foundation of a bachelor's degree in music with a professional music major, and will help you focus on the entrepreneurial aspect of a professional music career.

You'll be in good company; Berklee alumni who majored in professional music include Grammy-winners Esperanza Spalding '05 and Paula Cole '90; John Blackwell '95 (drummer for Prince); Derek Sivers '91 (CDBaby founder); and Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, who works in Google's Advanced Technology and Projects division.

"Music gives us the freedom to explore, dream, live, and inspire. It ultimately makes us more of ourselves instead of more like everyone else. The professional music major provides students with the freedom to explore and discover first steps toward a career while they work with an advisor to acheive individual goals. They'll engage in intensive curricular planning that will give them experience and an education that is well-rounded, entrepreneurial, and relevant to today's music industry."

—Sean P. Hagon, Chair

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