Raisa Akhtar

Class of
Berklee College of Music

Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Chiba, Japan

Principal Instrument: Piano and Koto

Majors: Professional Music (Contemporary Writing and Production and Music Business)

Languages Spoken (other than English): Japanese, Indonesian, and Korean



Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

Getting to meet a lot of people from the world and learning a lot of cultures!

When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?

My favorite class was Musical Theater Writing and Orchestration. I got to arrange my favorite musical pieces and conduct them! It was an amazing feeling. 

What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston? 

Boston is a city filled with schools and colleges, so you get to make friends not only from Berklee, but all around different schools. It made me realize that the world is so much bigger beyond music and there are lots of professions to run the society!

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?

This school is more than what you think it is. It will teach you life lessons, relationships, and so much more. Get ready to hustle, and to learn a lot! 

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The sleep room and the lobby.

Why did you choose Berklee?

Because it’s the best music school in the world! 

What are your plans for after graduation?

Hopefully conducting on Broadway and doing some business.

What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?

Photographing the students has been one of the most amazing things for me.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

I would like to perform at a caf show!

Your social media channel/web URL?

Youtube: Raisa daily

Instagram: @akhtaraisa