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Tom Stein is an international musician, leading music educator, global music industry and educational consultant, and a cultural diplomat. Tom has been professionally active in the music industry for over 40 years, and has performed in over 30 countries on guitar, electric bass, and voice.

As a Senior Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tom has taught thousands of students, many who have gone on to illustrious music careers, winning GRAMMY awards, recording hit records, and touring the globe to give concerts.

At Berklee, Tom also served as Alumni Admissions Coordinator, Interim Department Chair, member of the Board of Admissions, and as Concert Producer or Music Director for hundreds of mainstage concerts featuring well-known alumni and honorary doctorate recipients.

Tom Stein is a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster (U.S. State Department) for global entertainment and music industry. He conducts civilian diplomacy missions overseas using music for cultural and educational exchanges. In this role, he has designed modern music curriculum for educational institutions in Turkey, Serbia, China, and Portugal.

Tom produces concerts and also performs live and in the studio on bass, guitar, and voice. He also plays Appalachian mountain dulcimer, and is a proficient Arranger and Producer of high profile events.

Tom Stein specializes in music industry and music education research. He has written white papers, presented at conferences, and given workshops and master-classes nationally and internationally at leading colleges and universities. Topics include music industry, legal aspects of the music business, music theory, jazz improvisation, blues and rock performance, composition, arranging, music production, and music marketing.


Tom earned his Bachelor of Music in guitar performance, arranging, and music business with top honors at Berklee College of Music, and received his Master of Music in Jazz studies, performance on electric bass from New England Conservatory. He has been on Faculty at Berklee since 1988 and has taught courses there in music theory, improvisation, ear-training (solfege), arranging, music production, and music business.

He has also been a full time faculty member for Berklee Summer Programs for over 30 years, helping to found the successful 5-Week Summer Performance Program, the Guitar Sessions, and Basslines programs.



Tom’s past and present professional affiliations include:

  • The National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY® Awards)
  • Berklee College of Music
  • The Top Music Schools
  • International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ)
  • The Fulbright Specialist Roster (U.S. State Dept.)
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO)
  • Massachusetts Federation of Teachers (MFT)
  • American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
  • American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • International Institute of Marketing Professionals (IIMP®).


Tom has been a syndicated author for the following publications:

Tom’s book The Business of Music Management: How To Survive and Thrive in Today’s Music Industry is available on Business Expert Press, an affiliate of Harvard Business Press. You can find it here.

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