Music College Consulting On a Different Scale
We are the premier music school admissions consultancy, led by world-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.

Take the first step to a career in professional music.

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  • University of Colorado Denver Logo
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  • Shenandoah University Conservatory Logo
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Logo
  • Peabody Conservatory Institute Logo
  • Pace Music program Logo
  • Oklahoma City University Logo
  • Northeastern University Logo
  • Nihon Kogakuin College Tokyo Logo
  • NYU TISCH Logo
  • Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Logo
  • Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) Logo
  • Lawrence University Logo
  • Guildhall London University Logo
  • Florida State University (FSU) Logo
  • Elon University logo
  • Eastman School of Music Logo
  • DePaul University Logo
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  • Juilliard Logo
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  • New England Conservatory Logo
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  • Belmont University Logo
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  • Oberlin College Conservatory logo
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Advising musicians seeking undergraduate, graduate, and post-grad degrees. Want to advance your training at the best music colleges and conservatories? Our music school admissions consulting services can help get you there!

Why choose Inside Music Schools?

The applicant pool and 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.

  • Berklee Testimonial
    Steve - The advice you gave me for the college interviews was extremely helpful. And thanks for all the meetings with professors and students. The meetings gave me an expanded perspective.... Read More
    James M
    Student / Santa Barbara, CA
  • Berklee Testimonial
    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... Read More
    Avery J.
    Student / Orange, CT
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    Steve helped my dreams of studying contemporary music in the United States become a reality with his extensive knowledge of the higher education system, the application process and what school would... Read More
    Kodey B.
    Student / Brisbane, Australia
  • NYU Testimonial
    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.
    Dan H.
    Student / Ardsley, NY
  • Berklee Testimonial
    Mr. Lipman was instrumental in guiding me through the entire college application process. He offered me the tools I needed to succeed in both my audition and interview. Throughout this entire process... Read More
    Liesl E.
    Student / Warren, MI
  • Berklee Testimonial
    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.
    Kevin M
    Student / Chappaqua, NY
  • Oberlin testimonial
    Thanks for everything Steve. I was very reluctant to use any sort of college counseling, but I’m eating my words because you were totally worth it.
    Ethan C
    Student / Nyack, NY
  • Berklee Testimonial
    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... Read More
    Zak K
    Student / Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • Berklee Testimonial
    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... Read More
    Henry G
    Student / Rockville, MD
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    When I met Steve, I had no idea about the music education system  in the US. I am from a different nation so the education system that I see so far, is very different from the US education system..... Read More
    Cem G.
    Student / Istanbul, Turkey
  • Berklee Testimonial
    “Thanks so much for the wonderful trip itinerary and the mock audition and simulated admissions interview. The meeting gave me an expanded perspective, and the feedback and advice... Read More
    James M
    Student / Santa Barbara, CA
  • BCoM Testimonial
    Our family came from the Ukraine to US in October. In the Ukraine I studied in R.M. Glier Kyiv Institute of Music for 2 years and wanted to continue my education in the US. But I completely wasn’t familiar.... Read More
    Genndiy K.
    Student / Novelty, OH
  • Holland College Testimonial
    I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve given to me and my family. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be where I am now at Holland College in Canada. I am very proud of being..... Read More
    Andres U.
    Student / Guadalajara, Mexico
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    I’m so happy and relieved to say that we finally made the decision to commit to Oklahoma City University!  I know I've said this before, but I really would just like to thank you for all your work and all your help..... Read More
    Simon G.
    Student / Miami, FL
  • NYU Testimonial
    You have done more for me than you can realize, and I can’t thank you enough. I can’t really put it all into words, let alone one email, so I’ll put it like this: Our relationship definitely will not end so abruptly. We’ve got a long way to go.
    Mark M.
    Student / Yorktown Heights, NY
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    “Thank you so much connecting me with the people at the college to help me prepare for my audition. What I learned in just two days was invaluable”.
    Skyler H.
    Student / Frisco, TX
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    I 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...Read More
    John Z
    Student / Hillsborough, NJ

Who is Ready for Music School?

So you 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....


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