School of Music at Boston University

Music is big here.

The School of Music is a community of academically and artistically extraordinary musicians within a major research university located in one of the great music capitals of America. We are committed to the highest artistic and professional standards in performance, composition, music education, and musicology. The faculty is drawn from the ranks of some of the world’s most distinguished musicians and institutions and includes 25 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Join a vibrant community in a city where music matters, and be transformed not only as an artist but as a leader, entrepreneur, advocate, and thinker. Studying under internationally recognized faculty-artists, BU students push the limits of their musical abilities and intellectual curiosity.

School of Music by the Numbers

  • 25 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra are on faculty at the BU School of Music
  • 400+ concerts and performances per academic year
  • 119 state-of-the-art music practice rooms in the College of Fine Arts
  • 500 students enrolled in the BU School of Music
  • 3:1 Student to Faculty ratio
  • 160 pianos in the BU School of Music
  • 1872 the year the BU School of Music was founded, making it the oldest degree-granting music school in the United States
  • $0 admission for BU School of Music students to nearly all Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts

BU bass players at Symphony Hall concert.

Choose to Be YOU.

Nurture your individual talents at the BU School of Music through an education that requires artistic and academic intensity, demands creative and critical thinking, and encourages exploration leadership, advocacy, and growth.

You’ll be in GREAT company.

Our alumni are as diverse and dynamic as the College of Fine Arts itself. More than 50 BU School of Music graduates currently play with major symphonies across the country, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. College of Fine Arts alumni include nominees and winners of Tonys, Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, and Screen Actor Guild Awards. They are teachers, community leaders, scholars, lawyers, designers, and business executives. In short, our graduates are represented in all of walks of life. What they all share is the BU experience: a foundation of tangible and meaningful professional skills.

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Legendary trumpet player Doc Severinsen works with the BU Trumpet Studio.

Be inspired.

As a tight-knit, passionately committed community, the College of Fine Arts forms the “Artistic Heart” of Boston University within one of the most artistic cities in the world. The School of Music alone produces over 400 concerts per academic year. BU College of Fine Arts students study under Broadway producers, noted artists, award-winning choreographers, and world-renowned musicians and scholars. Meet the faculty.

And with free admission to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and discounts at myriad other artistic and performance spaces, inspiration is never more than a few steps away.

Don’t just prepare for the future: lead it.

Boston is revolutionary. It is where big, bold ideas are born, and BU has a legacy of groundbreaking “firsts.” BU was the first university in the country to have a college of music with all divisions open to female students and the first to pioneer the Doctor of Musical Arts.

At BU College of Fine Arts, we’re educating artists, but we are also preparing leaders, entrepreneurs, advocates, and thinkers. The School of Music provides a range of practical skills to infuse entrepreneurial potential, enabling students to lead and succeed in the increasingly competitive and multi-faceted arts landscape of the 21st century.

Go Far.

Spend a semester with the Royal College of Music in London, England. The program blends the resources of one of the world’s leading conservatories with the collaborative resources of Boston University Study Abroad.
This opportunity is available to undergraduate students entering their junior year of study.

Small Community, Large University, HUGE Ideas.

BU College of Fine Arts offers the best of both worlds: a broad liberal arts education with a focused, conservatory-style program. We’ll give you artistic excellence and academic depth in a highly personalized environment where you’ll know classmates and professors and have access to a world of opportunities that only a large, research university can provide.

BU College of Fine Arts encourages students and faculty to reach beyond their areas of study to explore and collaborate with other disciplines. With a range of opportunities to explore across the University, including dual degrees, Kilachand Honors College, our five-year BM/MM program, and a wide range of minors, you can experience a small, intense arts education while expanding and enhancing your undergraduate coursework.

Push the Limits.

Innovation. Inquiry. Invention. BU School of Music believes in excellence and advancement. The Center for New Music and Center for Early Music bring focus and opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration and student involvement. BU School of Music has hosted in-residency programs with the Arneis Quartet, VOICES 21C, American composer Tobias Picker, the up-and-coming JACK Quartet, and the Muir String Quartet.