When you major in professional music, you select between one and three areas of concentration. You work with faculty advisors to select courses and build a curriculum focused around the topic about which you are most passionate. Concentration courses will account for 16 of the 30 major credits. Students may choose up to three areas of concentration and must take at least three courses in each area for it to qualify as a concentration. Available concentrations include:
- Acoustics and Electronics
- American Roots Music
- Artistry and Creative Music Industry Studies
- Contemporary Writing and Production
- Creative Entrepreneurship
- Electronic Performance
- English (Performance Poetry)
- Film Scoring
- Instrument Repair
- Jazz Composition
- Mediterranean Music
- Music and Society (Gender or Africana Studies only)
- Music Business
- Music Education
- Music History
- Music in Special Education
- Music Production
- Music Technology (Berklee Valencia campus only)
- Musical Theater Performance
- Musical Theater Writing
- Performance Studies in Latin Music
- Private Studio Teacher
- Recording and Production for Musicians
- Theory of Jazz and Popular Music
- Video Game Scoring
Lists of preapproved courses for each concentration area are available for reference. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information.
Once a student has chosen their concentration(s), they will work with the department chair or faculty advisor to design a learning plan that works best. Concentration courses are preapproved by the chair, and each student creates a course map to outline their remaining semesters of study. Certain concentration areas have specific course requirements or restrictions.
Final Capstone Project
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.
Note: credit by exam is not offered for professional music.