Master of Music in Global Jazz

This graduate program is offered at our campus in Boston, Massachusetts.

Full-tuition grants are awarded to every student accepted into the global jazz graduate program.

The Master of Music in global jazz program offers advanced studies to instrumentalists and vocalists who demonstrate excellent musical proficiency and desire to develop their performance career. The program provides advanced musicians with opportunities to develop their artistry through participation in a wide array of performance projects.

Through this intensive one year, full-time program, students will have opportunity to be mentored and learn from some of the current top jazz musicians, including Danilo Pérez, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano.

Studying with Berklee Institutes on the Boston Campus

Students in this program study in Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute, under the artistic direction of Danilo Pérez. Students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible. Through applied lessons, ensembles, master classes, and coursework, students deepen their understanding of the harmonic and stylistic practices associated with contemporary jazz performance. As they are being mentored by jazz masters, students also have opportunities to travel and perform together.

Additionally, through the study of music business and production, students develop strategies for producing and marketing their performance projects.

How to Apply

Entrance Requirements

Applicants to Berklee's Master of Music in global jazz program are required to hold a Bachelor of Music degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music, demonstrating a strong academic record as well as strong musicianship. Outstanding musicians with a bachelor's degree in other disciplines may also be considered. Applicants should possess significant knowledge of the jazz repertoire, advanced ensemble experience, motivation, creativity, and the promise of great achievement in their area of study.

The program seeks extraordinary musicians who want to use their art to do good in the world. Ideal candidates will:

  • enter the program with a very advanced level of instrumental or vocal technique and musical skill;
  • desire to expand their creativity and artistry by working with top jazz artists; and
  • be deeply motivated to advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society.
Learning Outcomes

When you complete the Master of Music in global jazz program, you'll have the ability to:

  • synthesize contemporary jazz harmonic and stylistic practices;
  • create and improvise music;
  • develop your own artistic identity;
  • develop a sustainable career plan;
  • develop strategies for producing and marketing your performance projects; and
  • apply technology to recording and distributing your music.
Sample Curriculum by Semester
Curriculum and Courses

Semester 1 (17 credits)

  • ILGJ-575 Danilo Pérez Global Jazz Workshop (2 credits)
  • PS-540 Master's Performance Forum: Global Jazz (2 credits)
  • PS-533 Music Performance and Social Activism 1 (3 credits)
  • PSGJ-575 Advanced World Percussion for Global Jazz (2 credits)
  • PIMM-550 Private Instruction 1 (3 credits)
  • ENDS-550 Contemporary Ensemble (1 credit)
  • PS-530 Building Your Career (1 credit)
  • GS-500 Master's Advising (0 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Semester 2 (18 credits)

  • ILGJ-575 Danilo Pérez Global Jazz Workshop (2 credits)
  • PS-523 Studio Recording and Production for the Contemporary Musician (3 credits)
  • PS-640 Master's Advanced Performance Forum: Global Jazz (2 credits)
  • PS-534 Music Performance and Social Activism 2 (3 credits)
  • PIMM-600 Private Instruction 2 (3 credits)
  • ENDS-550 Contemporary Ensemble (1 credit)
  • GS-505 Graduate Career Seminar—Global Jazz (1 credit)
  • GS-500 Master's Advising (0 credits)
  • Elective (3 credits)

Semester 3 (10 credits)

  • PIMM-650 Private Instruction 3 (3 credits)
  • ENDS-550 Contemporary Ensemble (1 credit)
  • GS-500 Master's Advising (0 credits)
  • PS-695 Culminating Experience in Contemporary Performance (6 credits)

Semester 4 (required of students who opt-in to the Graduate Internship Program; 1 credit)

  • GS-595 Graduate Internship (1 credit)

Electives (choose two courses total; 6 credits)

  • PS-631 Performance Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • PS-621 Topics in Improvisation (3 credits)
  • GS-556 Avant-Garde Explorations in Music and Art (3 credits)
  • GS-627 The Composing Performer (3 credits)
  • PS-633 The Triadic Chromatic Approach for the Performer 1 (3 credits)   

44–45 total credits

Updated for catalogue year 2021 fall