The Schillinger System at Berklee

The Schillinger System at Berklee

This month's display honors composer and theorist Joseph Schillinger (September 1, 1895 - March 23, 1943) on the 120th anniversary of his birth. The materials highlighted span both library and college archives** collections and include works by and about Schillinger as well as his students.

Among Schillinger's students was Berklee's founder, Lawrence Berkwho became an authorized teacher of the Schillinger System of Musical Composition and in 1945 established Schillinger House, now known as Berklee College of Music, based on this mathematical theory of music. For more on the college's history, we also recommend checking out Berklee: the First Fifty Years, which includes a wealth of archival images and documents. 

** Please note that archival materials do not circulate but may be viewed on-site by appointment by contacting archives@berklee.edu. Additional information on the Berklee College of Music Archives, including finding aids and digital collections, is available at archives.berklee.edu.

Two of the archival collections highlighted below have been digitized and may be viewed online in their entirety: the Lawrence Berk papers on the Schillinger System (BCA-007) and the Jerome Gross and Bert Henry papers on the Schillinger System (BCA-006).