The Contemporary Writing and Production Department provides many opportunities to develop and improve your composition, arranging, and production skills.

You will apply these skills by writing for and producing acoustic, electronic, and hybrid ensembles. You'll work in a wide range of creative settings, from small groups to orchestra. Whether these groups perform live or in recording studios, you'll have many opportunities to explore contemporary writing concepts, production techniques, and advanced notation practices.

You will gain valuable experience using digital audio workstations (DAWs), digital production suites, and your own portable laptop-based studio. You will learn how to recognize, analyze, and evaluate musical concepts of a wide variety of contemporary styles including electronic, jazz, Latin, pop, rock, musical theater, world music, and many others. You will develop the skills and knowledge to function as a professional writer, arranger, and producer for current and new media.

The Professional Writing and Music Technology Division and the Contemporary Writing and Production Department organize a series of faculty and student concerts, showcasing their compositions and arrangements. A series of prestigious awards and tuition credits are given to our most meritorious students in both the fall and spring semesters.

Our Programs

  • B.M.
    Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production
    Four-Year Program
  • Minor in Mediterranean Music
  • Specialization in Writing for Television and New Media


Contemporary Writing and Production students have access to our state-of-the-art technology labs, production suites, studios, and classrooms.

  • CWP Production Suites

    Production Suites

    Berklee production suites are designed for a composition and production paradigm, with each suite offering a MIDI keyboard and access to various sample libraries.

  • CWP Technology Labs

    Technology Labs

    Technology Labs support teaching music production and provide additional software and instrument libraries, integrating student laptops and mobile devices at each station.

  • Berklee Studio 3


    Berklee's studios are designed to provide a professional studio experience within an educational environment, facilitating a wide range of studio experiences to support Berklee's curriculum.