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 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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Advising musicians seeking undergraduate, graduate, and post-grad degrees. Want to advance your training at the best music colleges and conservatories?
  • 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.
    Orange, CT
  • 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.
    Ardsley, NY
  • 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.
    Warren, MI
  • 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
    Chappaqua, NY
  • 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
    Nyack, 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... Read More
    Zak K
    Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
  • 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.
    Istanbul, Turkey
  • “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
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • 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.
    Novelty, OH
  • 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.
    Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 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.
    Miami, FL
  • 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.
    Yorktown Heights, NY
  • “Thank you so much connecting me with the people at the college tp help me prepare for my audition. What I learned in just two days was invaluable”.
    Skyler H.
    Frisco, TX

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