OUR HISTORY AND OUR PHILOSOPHY
Our History & Philosophy
I completed my 40-year career at Berklee College of Music in the summer of 2010. First a faculty member, teaching harmony, ear training, and other core Berklee classes, I became Director of Admissions for over two decades. Later named Assistant Dean of Students, I finished my career at Berklee as a Vice President leading all admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and student employment efforts.
At that juncture, I hadn’t planned on consulting, but families were seeking advice about finding the right music institution for their college-bound kids. The demand grew, and word quickly got out about what I was providing. It became apparent that students and families benefited greatly from my services. So I established IMS, an independent collegiate consulting business, with unmatched expertise and diverse music professional network access.
Four Areas of Musical Study...
At first, I focused on students interested in contemporary music schools because that was Berklee’s focus during my tenure, and my natural area of expertise. I knew all of the other schools across the country, and internationally, with contemporary music programs, and the points of differentiation, strengths and shortcomings of each. Within a short amount of time, students interested in other performing arts disciplines began coming to me for advice. I found there are a lot of young people aiming to pursue a career in musical theater, and in consultation with my professional network, I identified the key criteria college programs in that arena look for in successful candidates for admission. Today,
Inside Music Schools helps students interested in four main areas of study:
- Classical music (instrumental, vocal, composing)
- Contemporary music (performance, composing/songwriting, & more)
- Musical theater
- Music production and engineering
Since the launch of my music consulting business, I’ve worked with over 150 students and their families. The success rate at Inside Music Schools is remarkably high: around 90% of the students I work with are accepted into their 1st or 2nd choice conservatory, college, or university.