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.

Our experts combine decades of experience as music educators and administrators at the highest level to provide guidance grounded in unrivaled expertise.

We take pride in the talented young musicians who turn to us each year from across the country and around the world. We also take pride in our unmatched success in helping each identify best-fit schools and apply/audition for them successfully.

Serious about studying music in college? Why not find out how we might be able to help you too?

Our music school advising services will set comprehensive goals, build skill assessment profiles, begin a target list of music schools to earn your bachelor's or master's degree in musical-related fields, 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 when it comes to obtaining a degree in music.

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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

Xander D — student — Stillwater, MN (New England Conservatory)

I enjoyed working with Steve immensely!  He really helped me to better understand what I was Looking for in a music program, which in turn helped me focus my application and audition efforts…

Kodey B — student — Brisbane, Australia

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…

James M – student – Santa Barbara, CA (Berklee College of Music)

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 you gave me from the interview was extremely helpful

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.

Colescott Rubin — Berklee Student — College consultant

“I have worked as an occasional coach for Mr. Lipman at Inside Music Schools for several years now, and he never ceases to amaze me with the incredible quality of coaching and guidance he provides the students and clients along their journey. I have consistently seen many of the students I have coached in the Berklee hallways the year following… Read more “Colescott Rubin — Berklee Student — College consultant”

Ready for Music School?


As a young musician, you feel it—the thrill that comes from listening to and making music. The experience has inspired you to dedicate yourself to becoming a musician, but you know you can’t do it alone. So, you’re giving serious consideration to majoring or minoring  in music when you go to college. But where?

As the parent of a young musician, you feel something different. It may bewilder you a bit if you’re not a musician yourself, but you take pride in your child’s dedication. You have even started looking into schools with good programs of study in music, but you quickly become lost in the maze of information online. 

Whether you are a student or a parent, you quickly come to realize you need seasoned professionals with expertise in music and music in higher education, just not academics, to guide you. Higher education is so expensive and identifying the music schools that fit you best and then successfully applying to and auditioning for them is so important.