All students at Berklee College of Music enter with a principal instrument.

No matter what major you end up pursuing, you will complete at least four semesters of private instruction, labs, and ensembles with this instrument. This fulfills your performance core requirement.


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.

Alumni Story

Mark Kelley

Mark Kelley has been the full-time bass chair with the Roots since 2011, a gig he landed after being asked to sub for Christian McBride in Questlove’s band Mo’ Meta Blues.

Meet Your Mentors

Victor Wooten

Victor Wooten is frequently cited as the world’s best living bassist. Wooten, a five-time Grammy winner, is a performance scholar in residence at Berklee.

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