We help students find and get accepted into the right music school for them

Every music student should have the admissions guidance they need

Let’s face it . . . the college music school admissions process is complicated and competitive. We’re here to help your student put their best foot forward and get accepted into a top school of their choice.


  • Not know where to start with the college music school admissions process?

  • Overwhelmed by your music school options and how to choose what’s best for you?

  • Need input regarding your audition and preparedness?

  • Concerned about the increasing level of competition and how to best position yourself?

  • Want to speak with an industry professional who’s working in your area of music interest?

Music school admissions consulting on a different scale

From researching schools and building skill assessment profiles to designing a unique roadmap that will lead to applications, conducting simulated interviews, and producing recordings, we advise you every step of the way!
Whether you’re an undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate, we advise students in selecting audition material and other students who need a second look at their portfolio. Need a mock audition with an industry pro? We do that too!
Get a more holistic view of the constantly-evolving opportunities and music career paths for well-trained, motivated musicians. Ask about internship placement, interview preparation, and network building.

Your Roadmap to Acceptance


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Submit the online form to receive an invitation to schedule a short complimentary consultation. We’ll meet to find out more about the student and the help you’re looking for.


Get Your Admissions Plan

We’ll provide you with recommended options for how we can best serve you, along with pricing for each tier of service, so you get the level of guidance you need.


Enjoy the Process

With our guidance, you can be confident in every step of the admissions process and look forward to getting accepted into a music school that is the right fit for you.

Honest Assessment + Right List of Schools =
High Acceptance Rate

Every parent wants their student to succeed in their music education and career aspirations. And yet, we also realize how competitive admissions can be. That’s why we give students an honest assessment of their skill level and provide a list of schools best suited to not only their aspirations, but their musical interests and talent. We even consider how faculty and other students will challenge them, but also champion their goals. That’s why we have a near 100% success rate in college music acceptance.

Whatever music degree you’re seeking…

With our knowledge of universities, liberal arts colleges, conservatories, their faculty, and music programs, we’re able to recommend the right schools and improve students’ probability of success.

What students, parents, and faculty say about working with us
We simply could not have figured out the complicated and byzantine process of applying to music programs without Steve’s tremendous guidance. His initial intake and the day he set up for us in Boston were invaluable. His help/feedback in developing my son’s audition tapes and applications was also incredibly important.
– Brian S. (Parent, New Jersey)
I really wanted to go to a conservatory, but I didn’t know what the process was and how it differed from normal colleges. Mr. Lipman was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. He explained the process to me and helped me prepare by reviewing my essays, conducting multiple mock interviews, and connecting me with a professional for a mock audition.
– Toby G. (Student, Washington)
It would be difficult to find anyone more knowledgeable about the world of contemporary music education and career preparation for professional musicians than Steve Lipman. As long time Vice President for Student Affairs at Berklee College, Steve oversaw an increase of enrollment of several hundred percent over more than a decade.
– Tom Stein (Professor, Berklee College of Music)
Steve was an incredible help throughout the whole college process. He goes above and beyond to be more than just a college counselor. He researched and found a great guitar teacher for me when I was in need…
Zak K — student — Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
We would highly recommend Steve Lipman to anyone interested in studying music in college. Steve has a lifetime of experience in music education and administration at the college level, deep knowledge of the different kinds of music programs, and a vast network of contacts at colleges, conservatories, and universities across the country.
Ellen Hill

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Counseling & Guidance for Today and Tomorrow

No matter what stage of the process you’re in — applying for colleges, having just earned a degree, or wanting to make a lateral or vertical move in the industry — we’re here to support you.

Decades of experience

No other admissions consultants can match the experience, knowledge, and track record of Inside Music Schools when it comes to helping students get accepted into a music school.

Access to music industry pros

Participate in mock auditions with experienced college music faculty and get real world advice from music industry professionals about how to succeed in the industry after earning a music degree.


Near 100% acceptance rate

With our broad understanding of music schools nationwide, we help you identify a list of schools that will best fit the student’s talents and aspirations, giving them the best chance of being acceptanced.


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Lost in the maze of college music admissions?

If music is your passion, don’t risk your acceptance into a music program that can help you launch your music career. Instead, let’s work together to find the school or conservatory that’s right for you, and take the necessary steps to put your best foot forward. 

And when it’s time to celebrate….we’re here for that, too!

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