Concentration Tracks

When you major in professional music, you select between one and three areas of concentration. You'll work with faculty advisors to select courses and build a curriculum focused around the topic about which you are most passionate. Available concentrations are as follows:

  • Acoustics and Electronics
  • American Roots Music
  • Arranging
  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Contemporary Writing and Production
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Drama
  • 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
  • Musical Theater Performance
  • Musical Theater Writing
  • Performance
  • Performance Studies in Latin Music
  • Private Studio Teacher
  • Recording and Production for Musicians
  • Songwriting
  • 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.

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. Certain concentrations may have specific course requirements, but 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.

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.