Location: Boston, MA
Is it really any surprise Berklee has ended up atop this list? Anytime there is a ranking of the best schools for those looking to pursue almost any career in the music industry — be it in business or on the creative side of things — there’s a strong chance that not only does Berklee have a great program but that it deserves to be at the top.
Postgrad education is no different when it comes to this Beantown favorite, as it offers an incredibly diverse array of options.
Unsurprisingly, Berklee’s Boston, MA campus, which is widely considered to be the brand’s main campus and the one most people associate with the name, is the one offering the most master’s degrees in music. At the moment, only two are listed as available at the actual “college”: Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) and Music Therapy.
Those are good choices but it’s the Conservatory at Berklee that really features the bulk of the courses and if you’re interested in becoming the best musician you can and committing to a few years of a master’s, this location has just shy of twenty degrees offered, from Musical Theatre to Choral Conducting to Woodwind Performance specializing in Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe or Saxophone.
Sure, it gets pretty specific, but you don’t become the best in the world without focusing on one thing for years at a time.
Berklee also has a campus in Valencia, Spain, which the school has worked very hard at building up in the past few years. In an effort to convince more people to head to Spain to learn about music, the school has established twice as many master’s degrees as the location in Boston.
The Valencia locale offers the following four master’s degrees: Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration), Global Entertainment and Music Business, Music Production, Technology, and Innovation, and Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games.
If you don’t want to move to either Boston or Valencia, Berklee has taken things one step even further and established an online master’s degree program, which is available to students anywhere in the world. At the moment, just two courses of study are offered — Music Business and Music Production — but if things go well it’s not difficult to imagine Berklee coming up with more to post online.
While Berklee was probably always going to be No. 1 on any list concerning great musical colleges in the US, their amazing offerings prove the school didn’t get there on name alone.