Concentration Tracks

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 (1 or more credits) in each area for it to qualify as a concentration.

Note that certain concentration areas have specific course requirements and restrictions. If you exceed the 16 credits, those additional credits can be applied to general electives. We can provide lists of preapproved courses in each area. Email promusic@berklee.edu to request any of these lists. 

Many of the concentration areas are also minors. Students must commit to the minimum requirements of those minors in order to apply the courses as an area of concentration. If you are interested in the video game scoring minor or musical theater performance minor, you will need to officially declare the minor in order to be able to register for the minor’s courses. The minor in music technology is only offered in Valencia and can be completed in one semester of study.

  • Acoustics and Electronics
  • American Roots Music
  • Arranging
  • Artistry and Creative Music Industry Studies
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Contemporary Writing and Production
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Drama
  • Effortless Mastery
  • 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
  • Performance Studies in Latin Music
  • Private Studio Teaching
  • Recording and Production for Musicians
  • Songwriting 
  • Stage Management
  • Theory of Jazz and Popular Music
  • Video Game Scoring

Lists of preapproved courses for each concentration area are available for reference. Please email promusic@berklee.edu 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.

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