Music was one of many BU “firsts.”
150 years ago, Boston University established a school of music unlike all others in the United States. It was the first to center the study of music as a degree.

Boston University remains a leader, and BU School of Music is a vibrant part of the University—all in the artistic and creative city of Boston.

In this community of focused musicians, educators, scholars, and artists, students learn from experienced faculty including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, published educators from specialized music fields, and today’s composers, conductors, and musicians. And our alumni network is expansive and global; nearly every major symphony orchestra on this planet has counted BU School of Music alumni among its members.

We continue to be committed to innovation, excellence, and limitless possibilities while preparing and launching musicians, performers, educators, and scholars into the next phase of their professional and artistic journeys.

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Inside BU School of Music

Boston University School of Music offers an experience unparalleled which prepares students for diverse and impactful professional music careers.

From expert faculty, astounding performance opportunities, thoughtful pedagogy, and the interdisciplinary connections of a top-tier research University, BU School of Music is an epicenter of leadership in music education and practice.

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Admissions & Auditions

BU School of Music offers courses and degrees, on campus and online, for undergraduate and graduate students.

Ready to apply? Here are the details to get started.

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School of Music Celebrates 150!

This year, with pride we mark 150 years of music-makers, educators, and game-changers at Boston University School of Music.

Join us throughout the year for concerts, talks, special events, and more as we commemorate this extraordinary milestone and look ahead to what's next!


School of Music Stories

Read more BU School of Music students, faculty, and alumni making art and making change in the world


An Orchestra for All

Nicholas Brown is on a mission to make classical music more accessible

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CFA Alumni

The Magic of Music

Paula Grissom-Broughton believes that music, and music education, holds the power to save us all

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Upcoming Music Events & Concerts

It's a big year for us! Join us as we celebrate 150 years of BU School of Music.

Brian Kellum Faculty Recital

Day: Thursday Feb 2nd Time: 8:00pm

Saxophone Studio Recital

Day: Friday Feb 3rd Time: 6:00pm

String Departmental Recital

Day: Tuesday Feb 7th Time: 8:00pm

Boston University Symphony Orchestra

Day: Wednesday Feb 8th Time: 12:30pm

Ketty Nez and Friends

Day: Thursday Feb 9th Time: 8:00pm

Concerto Competition Soloist Competition

Day: Tuesday Feb 14th Time: 7:00pm

Turandot Finale Lecture-Performance

Day: Thursday Feb 16th Time: 7:00pm

Boston University Singers Concert

Day: Friday Feb 17th Time: 7:30pm

School of Music in the News

We're making headlines! Read all about it.