Music at Boston Conservatory

Conservatory training reimagined for 21st-century artists


Music Division - Boston Conservatory at Berklee

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.

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Awards and Recognitions

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is a top conservatory for music, offering more than 55 unique degree, diploma, and certificate programs. The Conservatory has recently been ranked a "top 10 music conservatory into U.S." by Best Schools and Thought Co., named one of the "top 10 programs to study music composition" in the U.S. by Careers in Music, and was named as having the best "classical music collaboration performance of 2018" by the Boston Globe. View all of Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s 2019 accolades.

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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.


Music Division Leadership

Meet our Music Division leadership, including Dean of Music Michael Shinn, Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies Jonathan Bailey Holland, Chair of Instrumental Studies Matthew Marsit, and Chair of Voice Patty Thom.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Learn more about Boston Conservatory's Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee - Music Division History

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.