Why Choose BU School of Music?

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, metropolitan symphonies, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. College of Fine Arts alumni include nominees and winners of Tonys, Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, and Screen Actor Guild Awards as well as music and art 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.

Look at recent graduate Giacomo Smith, now a successful jazz clarinetist in London!

We’re the Real Deal.

BU School of Music is accredited by the National Association of School of Music (NSAM) as well as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In addition, in 2012 BU accepted the invitation to join the Association of American Universities (AAU), an elite organization of leading research universities in the United States and Canada. BU became AAU’s 62nd member, joining a small group of Boston schools including Harvard, MIT, and Brandeis.

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.

Boston is revolutionary (and we’re not just talking about those guys who wrote with feathers).

This 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 DMA (and the first in the world to offer an online DMA).

Fast-forward to today, and the School of Music staged the Boston premiere of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Owen Wingrave, and Tobias Picker’s opera, Emmeline. Boston is a city where the arts matter. And, it’s the biggest and best college town in America!

Check out pictures from the Spring 2017 Emmeline production:


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.

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.

Learn within a global community.

CFA is committed to being a microcosm of the larger art world, striving to provide students with a diverse environment and ample perspective. Our students come from every corner of the globe, representing every continent (well, except Antarctica) and dozens of countries including Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Brazil, Korea, Mexico, China, Japan, Iran, Barbados, Australia, France, Afghanistan, Germany, Lebanon, Serbia, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Uganda, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Thailand, and New Zealand.

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

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. We also offer an interdisciplinary Arts Leadership minor for students who plan to focus more specifically on leadership, arts for social change and advocacy issues.

Check out recent alumna Meghan Caulkett CFA’10 who is using 47 Strings to change the world.

Big Ambitions. Facilities to Match.

119 sound-proofed, environmentally-controlled music practice rooms (more than any music school in Boston), 6 on-campus art galleries, 10 theatre performance venues ranging from a 60-seat black box theatre to a 900-seat Broadway-style proscenium stage at our very own BU Theatre. And that’s just the beginning; students perform in venues all over campus and the city including Boston Symphony Hall.

Explore the possibilities.

BU College of Fine Arts fosters a porous learning environment, encouraging 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 program and a wide range of minors, you can experience a small, intense arts education while expanding and enhancing your undergraduate coursework.

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. 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.

We Practice what we Preach.

One of the College of Fine Arts’ greatest strengths is its talented, dynamic, and highly-engaged faculty. BU College of Fine Arts students study under Broadway producers, noted artists, award-winning choreographers, and world-renowned musicians and scholars including 25 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Meet the faculty.

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. Just this year, School of Music has hosted in-residency programs with the Arneis Quartet, VOICES 21C, American orchestral composer and pianist Eric Sawyer, the up-and-coming JACK Quartet, and the Muir String Quartet.

Music is big here…actually, it’s massive.

Yes, we’re selective with an incoming freshman class of 50, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t music and music lovers everywhere. BU Bands, BU Ensembles, Jazz Bands, Marching Bands, the possibilities are endless. And, did we mention opera? BU’s Opera Institute works with School of Theatre several times a year to stage large-scale productions.

We even head to the BU Medical Campus to see firsthand the power of music in health care.