All students at Berklee College of Music study a principal instrument and will ultimately select a major in their second semester. We offer 12 diverse majors; many students choose performance, the largest major at the college.

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Finding Your Groove

Whether it's gospel or Coltrane, Megadeth or Stravinsky, learn the skills you need as a bass player to adapt to any musical situation. You'll gain experience from a diverse and world-renowned faculty that teaches you how to set yourself up for success all within Berklee's context as the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. Come see why many of today’s most successful bass players began their careers at Berklee.

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Learn about financial aid, scholarships, and others ways of paying for your Berklee education.

  • Study Abroad

    Study abroad at our Valencia, Spain, campus. It is recommended that performance majors study in Valencia during their third, fourth, fifth, or sixth semester. For specific program information, please see the chair of your major or contact the study abroad office.

Student Spotlight

Megadeth Bassist Dave Ellefson Shares Advice with Berklee Students

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson shares some hard rock and solid advice at his July 27 clinic at the Berklee Performance Center.

Alumni Story

Esperanza Spalding B.M. '05

Esperanza Spalding graduated from Berklee in 2005, making history upon graduation by becoming one of the youngest instructors in the college’s history. This was just the tip of the iceberg, however, as Spalding went on in 2011 to become the first jazz musician to win the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence and the Machine, and Mumford & Sons.

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