Music was one of many BU “firsts.”
Over 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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The School of Music Experience

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 Stories

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

Music For All

There are many ways for BU students from every major to get involved with performance ensembles through BU School of Music and BU Bands.

Our ensembles provide meaningful music-making opportunities and serve as a great musical outlet for our students. Be a part of the BU soundtrack and feel proud to show off your Terrier pride!

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School of Music in the News

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