Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts has trained many of the most successful musicians in the world; alumni have been awarded hundreds of Grammy awards as of 2016. An incredibly selective institution, Berklee admitted less than 20 percent of applicants in Fall 2012, but the effort that those admitted put into their auditions and interviews goes a long, long way. Berklee’s coursework in jazz, flamenco, rock, reggae, salsa and many more genres represents the forefront of American music today, and goes far beyond mere performance: majors of study include electronic production and design, film scoring, music business management, and even music therapy. It’s a treat to merely watch and listen to videos on Berklee’s website, which cover original work like “As We Were,” by Oh Malo, and “Talk to the Moon” by student group Ripe. A popular study-abroad program even offers students the opportunity to work at Berklee’s international extension campus in Valencia, Spain! As BCM and the Boston Conservatory prepare for an upcoming merger, one can only imagine the amazing things that will result from the combined power of these two institutions’ resources and talent.