Consulting On a Different Scale

We are the premier music school admissions consultancy, led by renowned music educator and head of admissions at Berklee College of Music for 40 years, Steve Lipman. With decades of professional musical experience at the most competitive level, Steve and his team provide expert guidance for families and students each step of the way.

Our music school advising services will set comprehensive goals, build skill assessment profiles, begin a target list of music schools, and help you navigate every part of the stressful high-stakes college, university, or conservatory admissions process. No other admissions consultant can match the experience, knowledge, and track record of Inside Music Schools.

the new coo of inside music schools, Dr. David Fish


It gives us great pleasure to announce today the appointment of Dr. David Fish as Chief Operating Officer of Inside Music Schools effective immediately.

David has served as a consultant to IMS since 2020, focused both on scaling the business to support a growing number of clients and on providing expert consulting services to dedicated music students and their families. In his new role, David will oversee IMS operations, including the continued development of best-in-class services and digital resources designed to help navigate every part of the high-stakes college and conservatory admissions process.

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The competition for acceptance to the top music schools in the US is fierce. And, the application process is way more complex and multi-layered than you might imagine.

In addition to that, not all conservatories are alike. The same applies to music departments housed within a liberal arts college or as part of a major university.

Juilliard differs greatly from Curtis and even more so to Berklee; NYU is significantly different from/than USC despite the fact that they are both urban university campuses.

Music Production programs are unique and very different from one another placing emphasis on different aspects of the industry. We know that stuff intimately and can save time, money, and frustration sorting through all that. They almost always need help with assessing their skills and abilities, learning what type of majors are offered, and identifying those colleges that will be the best-fit music school or university department for them. Those are the crucial aspects that Inside Music Schools helps with and concentrates on.

Our Successful students and their kind words

Henry G — student — Rockville, MD

Steve helped me find colleges that weren’t just strong in music; he helped me find colleges that offered exactly the kind of musical experience I was looking for. Over the course of my college search, Steve put…

Zak K — student — Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

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…

Avery J — student — Orange, CT (Berklee College of Music)

I am so excited and appreciative of all that you have done and are still doing for me, to help me meet my personal goal of acceptance to Berklee College of Music!  Walking around Berklee with you was amazing…

Kevin M — student — Chappaqua, NY

Hey Steve. I’m writing to tell you the good news. I got accepted into my first-choice college this week! I want to thank you again for your support and all the help you have given me. It really helped a lot.

Dan H — student — Ardsley, NY (NYU)

Applying to college for music is certainly a huge undertaking. Steve Lipman is an excellent resource to cater to my specific interests and desires. The college process would have been infinitely more difficult without him.

John Z – Student – Hillsborough, NJ

can’t express how grateful I am to have worked with you and been given all the opportunities and contacts you gave me to get me where I wanted to be. The interviews, lessons, and camps all shaped me so drastically over the past year or two that I’m unrecognizable as the musician I was.

Ready for Music School?


You've felt it. That spark of inner light. The unexpected swirl of emotions coming from a solo violin, from your favorite band, from that moment in the movie where you KNOW the music makes the magic. It doesn’t matter how, the point is that you got it. Your owl came and you know it is YOUR turn to be the next witch or wizard. Now what?!

What you’re suffering from is a mild case of a condition commonly known as Music School Confusion. This mental block and trigger of anxiety disorders is suffered by two types of patients: future musicians and their parents. The condition consisting of a loop of questions that seem to all be intertwined and impossible to answer, three of which are more common than others....