Music at Boston ConservatoryConservatory training reimagined for 21st-century artists
Define Your Artistry
The Conservatory’s progressive spirit is evident in the variety of music-making opportunities and the quality of our world-class faculty, who challenge you to define the kind of musician you want to be. This approach, combined with our focused training, is critical to the development of both your technical skills and your artistic voice. You’ll have the opportunity to work with musicians from a rich diversity of cultures and across a range of styles, while being immersed in an ever-evolving learning environment orchestrated entirely with your future in mind.
Awards and Recognitions
Boston Conservatory at Berklee is a top conservatory for music, offering more than 55 unique degree, diploma, and certificate programs. In 2018, Boston Conservatory earned several recognitions for its leading work, including being named a top 10 music conservatory in the U.S. by The Best Schools, and the Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble's performance of "Paper Earth" with Bent Knee being named the "best classical music collaboration in 2018" by The Boston Globe. View all of Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s 2018 accolades.
Summer Music Programs
The Conservatory’s popular summer music intensives are designed for high school students who want to experience top-level training with renowned faculty. Aspiring composers can participate in the High School Composition Intensive (HSCI), where students build their music-writing skills, hear their work performed by professional musicians, and leave with an impressive portfolio. Singers passionate about classical music or musical theater can take part in the Vocal/Choral Intensive (VCI) to perfect their vocal technique and performance skills.
History of the Music Division
Boston Conservatory has been innovating performing arts education since its founding in 1867 by German-born violinist Julius Eichberg. Started as a school for advanced string training, the Conservatory pursued ideas that at the time were considered radical, such as training women and African Americans. This inclusive, forward-thinking spirit would make the Music Division fertile ground for several pathbreaking “firsts”—from launching the first known all-female professional string quartet in the world, to being the first conservatory to offer private music lessons to community members on the autism spectrum. View Boston Conservatory's interactive timeline for more fun facts.