About Us

Our experience & expertise in music education is unmatched.
Head of admissions and faculty member at Berklee College of Music for 40 years, Steve Lipman and our team at Inside Music Schools speak music as their primary language. We approach each client contact with open eyes, ears, and minds. We apply our experience and expertise as professional music educators and veteran consultants to the specific goals, skills, and concerns of each student and their families. Our clients are now launching careers from Juilliard, Berklee, USC, New England Conservatory, Jacobs School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, and nearly every other major music program in the country.

Following his years teaching harmony, ear training, and ensembles at Berklee, Steve led Berklee's offices of admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and built the Berklee International Network of affiliated music schools spanning the globe. In addition, Steve has worked with the GRAMMY in the Schools' High School All-Star Ensembles, consulted the creation of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), vision of Paul McCartney, and lent his expertise to a range of trend-setting music education initiatives.

This ultimate insider experience informs Steve's engagement with music students and their families to define their goals, select the most appropriate music programs, and prepare them for the highly competitive admission and audition process. Steve's counseled thousands of families and students while at Berklee and is an avid contributor to In Tune Monthly & MajoringinMusic.com.

As the country’s premiere music school consultant, he advised students from the United States, Canada, China, Australia, Turkey, U.K., Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Israel, and Italy. Steve is also a founder and original partner in Music School Central’s college consulting program (Music College Consulting Services) which assisted over a hundred students/families identify and prepare for music school.

Steve received a B.M. in Music Education from Berklee in 1969, after attending New York College of Music with a concentration in classical clarinet. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Massachusetts Educators Association, and Jazz Educators Network, was an Association for Popular Music Education founding board member, and served on the advisory boards of the Chapman Music Institute and Lagond Music School.

History of Success

Steve Lipman’s team admitted many of the industry’s leading professionals. As Berklee's head of Admissions, he was responsible for enrolling such Grammy nominees & winners as: