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Unmatched expertise in music education

Steve Lipman (CEO)

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.

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David Lee Fish (COO)

Dr. David Lee Fish, Ph.D., is senior associate with Inside Music Schools and works with all the families and students we serve. He brings to his role a long, successful career in both music and higher education. David founded and continues to direct the degree concentration in popular music as a tenured professor at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. In that role, he has gained expertise in a range of subjects, including music business, technology, and theory. He also co-founded and is a past president of the Association for Popular Music Education, the leading professional organization for educators in that field. His participation has helped him forge relationships with fellow faculty of popular music across the country and intimate knowledge of their programs.

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Bob Mulvey (Guest Author)

Bob Mulvey serves as a special consultant and advisor for Inside Music Schools, especially in the areas of learning and organizational skills. Bob has many years of experience as an educator, college administrator, and clinician. He taught in secondary settings, including public, vocational, and alternative schools. 

Bob held the position of Instructor in the Graduate School of Lesley College and the English Department at Bunker Hill Community College. Over 32 years at Berklee College of Music, Bob was Associate Director of the Counseling and Academic Advising Center, Director of Disability and Accommodation Services, and an Associate Professor. Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Jake Martin (Guest Author)

Jake serves as an associate with Inside Music Schools for students with a range of tutoring needs. Jake is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and educator with teaching experience ranging from elementary classrooms to university auditoriums. He has two decades of performance experience and has appeared on national stages.

Jake specializes in helping young musicians develop an academic, theory-based foundation for their natural, intuitive musicality. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Popular Music/Music Business from Catawba College, where he later returned to teach. In addition, he earned a Master’s in Music Education from Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music. Jake is also a staff member and regular author for In Tune Monthly, a leading music education magazine.

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HISTORY OF SUCCESS

As Berklee's head of Admissions, Steve Lipman enrolled such Grammy winners & nominees as:

  • WILL CALHOUN
    Drummer • Living Color
  • TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON
    Jazz & Studio Drummer
  • VINNIE COLAIUTA
    Studio Drummer
  • AL DIMEOLA
    Jazz Guitarist
  • MELISSA ETHERIDGE
    Pop Vocalist
  • BILL FRISELL
    Jazz Guitarist
  • JAN HAMMER
    Film Composer
  • DONALD HARRISON, JR.
    Saxophonist • Actor “Treme”
  • LALAH HATHAWAY
    R&B Vocalist
  • NEIL JACOBSON
    President • Geffen Records; Interscope
  • DIANA KRALL
    Jazz Vocalist
  • JOEY KRAMER
    Drummer • Aerosmith
  • ABRAHAM LABORIEL, JR
    Rock drummer • Paul McCartney
  • ALEX LACAMOIRE
    Orchestra Arranger • Hamilton, In the Heights
  • DONNY MCCASLIN
    Jazz Saxophonist • David Bowie
  • NATALIE MAINES
    Vocalist • The Dixie Chicks
  • BRANFORD MARSALIS
    Jazz Saxophonist
  • JOHN MAYER
    Pop Guitarist/Songwriter/Vocalist
  • BEN MCKEE
    Bass • Imagine Dragons
  • CHARLIE PUTH
    Singer/Songwriter/Producer
  • KURT ROSENWINKEL
    Jazz Guitarist
  • JOE SATRIANI
    Rock Guitarist
  • JOHN SCOFIELD
    Jazz/Prog Guitarist
  • HOWARD SHORE
    Film Composer
  • DEREK SIVERS
    Entrepreneur • CD Baby
  • STEVE SMITH
    Studio Drummer • Journey
  • ESPERANZA SPALDING
    Bassist/Vocalist/Composer
  • SUSAN TEDESCHI
    Rock/Country/Blues vocalist

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