For you, music is not a hobby; it is going to be your career.

Many of today's most successful woodwind players began their careers at Berklee, including Mindi Abair, Melissa Aldana, Seamus Blake, Melvin Butler, Anat Cohen, Mark Gross, Antonio Hart, Donald Harrison, Javon Jackson, Godwin Louis, Joe Lovano, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Branford Marsalis, Hailey Niswanger, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Mark Turner, and Ernie Watts.

They came to Berklee because of who we are: the world's largest independent music school and the premier institution for the study of today's music.

The Woodwind Department at Berklee offers the most comprehensive woodwind education you'll find anywhere. We provide individualized instruction in:

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Saxophone

…allowing you to choose any of these as your principal instrument. You can also choose to study multiple instruments as a woodwind prinicipal. We offer you professional faculty who specialize in each of these disciplines, course work specifically designed to enhance your abilities, and abundant playing opportunities.

We respect the classical traditions that you may have established in your studies. We also know how your instrument fits in today's music world, and we give it the respect it deserves. Woodwinds are versatile instruments that can be effective in any musical style. Studying at a college that offers you all those musical styles is the best way to turn your playing into a career.

Coming to Berklee

Besides the regular activities and musical events that occur daily, once a year Berklee sets aside a time to showcase each instrumental department. Winds Day, sponsored by the Woodwind and Brass Departments, is filled with industry exhibits, equipment demonstrations, visiting artist clinics, and major concert events. This may be an excellent time for you to come and take a look at what Berklee and the Woodwind Department have to offer.

Summer Saxophone Weekend

In addition to Berklee's full-time program and other summer programs, we also feature the Summer Saxophone Weekend, held in June.

Watch this video about the Woodwind Department:


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