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.

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.

The brass family includes:

  • baritone horn;
  • French horn;
  • trombone;
  • trombone (bass);
  • trumpet; and
  • tuba.


Ear for the Past, Voice of the Future

Whether it's classical, jazz, or a variety of other styles, you'll find expert faculty in the Berklee Brass Department that will meet you where you are and help you cultivate your own voice. You'll learn to steep yourself in tradition as well as use your own story as a way to discover a fresh, new sound.

Alumni Story

The Regiment Horns

The Regiment Horns, comprising three Berklee alumni, are a powerhouse that has increased the profile and importance of horns in popular contemporary music. The band has recorded with the likes of Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Andra Day, and Ziggy Marley, and performed with Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars, and Alabama Shakes, to name a few.

Student Spotlight

Students Tour East Coast with Ingrid Jensen

In May, jazz trumpet virtuoso Ingrid Jensen took four top-tier Berklee students on a five-date tour as part of the third edition of the Masters on the Road series.

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