Program Description

As a professional music major, you’ll create your own major to achieve your musical goals. Over eight semesters, you’ll combine coursework from the college’s various majors, while completing the college’s core music curriculum. Come work with a diverse community of musicians, faculty, and industry professionals on the college’s Boston campus, and gain the specific skills you need for a career in music, all while earning a bachelor's degree.

Program Details

Berklee's professional music major provides students with the opportunity to blaze their own path, and synthesize a variety of skills, ranging from performing and songwriting to production and business. Focusing on the entrepreneurial aspect of a professional music career, students work closely with an advisor to achieve individual goals through intensive curricular planning. Through their coursework, the student will learn the skills, concepts, and methodologies necessary to develop proficiency in the designated area of concentration typical of that found in the professional music industry. The student will complete a major final project in the designated area of concentration whose content and/or enactment is equal in quality and extent to the demands of the current professional music environment.

Through interaction with instructors, the student will develop an aesthetic and critical vision of quality work in the designated area of concentration, will be able to define quality using both general and musical criteria, and will be able to apply those criteria to his/her own work and to that of others. By working with teachers and other students on various projects, the student will learn to work effectively with others in groupings typically found in the context of the designated area of concentration within the professional music industry.

The student will develop sufficient background and depth in the chosen area of concentration to enable him/her to cope with and adjust to changes in the professional music environment.


For Those "Interested in Learning Everything"

Professional music majors have the freedom to customize their studies. For Belgian-born harpist Pia Salvia B.M. '17, that involved studying jazz and Latin music and performing Chinese pop music at Boston's Symphony Hall. Watch Salvia perform her tune "Moody" and see why Professor Felice Pomeranz described her as "interested in learning everything.”

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