Meet Dr. David Lee Fish, professional musician, music professor, independent educational consultant, and the founder of College Music Major—the affordable leader in music school admissions consulting. With his deep knowledge of top-ranked music schools, he helps students successfully conquer the complex and frustrating college admissions process for a music degree. Dr. Fish and the CMMaj team can help you too!

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Our Services

  1. Private consultation
  2. Best-fit school lists
  3. Expert evaluation
  4. Online prep courses
  1. Coaching, tutoring, and private lessons
  2. Audition and interview practice
  3. Applications & essays editing
  4. Stage fright alleviation

Record of Success

As an educational consultant, Dr. Fish has helped students gain acceptance at the some of the best music schools with a range of music degrees:

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our breadth of expertise

  1. Classical performance
  2. Jazz performance
  3. Popular music (all styles)
  4. Songwriting & composition
  5. Media & game scoring
  6. Production & engineering
  1. Music business
  2. Music therapy
  3. Music education
  4. Double & dual programs
  5. Graduate study
  6. Music minors

Music School Acceptance Rates


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To a large extent, your future as a musician will hinge on the college, university, or conservatory you attend and the music degree you pursue.

But, given their extremely low acceptance rates, securing spots at top-ranked music schools can be as difficult as getting into Harvard.

You need to be confident about the process and audition well. That's where CMMaj comes in.

Your Challenge


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There are nearly 4,000 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the United States, with almost half offering music degrees. How do you determine the best music schools to fit your educational goals and career aspirations?

Often, fewer than a dozen schools have everything you want when it comes to curriculum, faculty, resources, and opportunities. CMMaj can help you discover them.

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The Better Way

College Music Major has found a better way to offer services to college-bound musicians that sets us apart from other music independent educational consultants. We are:


We make our professional services as affordable as possible for students and their families. In addition to inclusive packages, we offer individual services as well as no-interest payment plans.


Dr. Fish's expertise is unmatched. He combines experience as a professional musician, music professor, founder of an important educational organization, and success in music school admissions consulting.


We work with you, truly with you. We suggest, rather than tell, keeping your wants and needs firmly in mind.


One size NEVER fits all. The needs and wishes of each student and their family differ, and we welcome the differences.

CMMaj consultant Dr. David Fish



Who writes the semiannual cover stories on Best Music Schools for the world's leading music education magazine, In Tune Monthly? Dr. Fish does. It's a clear relflection of his expertise and authority when it comes to music in higher education.

You can read Dr. Fish's most recent article for In Tune, "All About Admissions," here.


College Music Major has been an invaluable guide through our daughter's journey in pursuing her musical dreams. Dr. Fish's expertise and genuine care have helped us navigate the complexities of the music education system and inspired her to reach new heights as an artist.

LARRY (Columbus, OH)

Dr. Fish’s decades of experience as a university professor deeply inform his ability to connect and resonate with our teenage son. He truly understands the pressures and demands of applying to music school, and yet delivers in a way that has put my son at ease and boosted his confidence in himself. Dr. Fish is the mentor my son needs to put his best self out there in his application process.

Meredith (Asheville, NC)

Our Guarantees


If enrolled in one of our Consulting Packages with a personalized school list, you'll get accepted into at least one agreed-upon target school (some restrictions apply).


We'll beat the published or quoted price of any other music education consultant for equivalent service (some restrictions apply).

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Let's Connect

Interested in CMMaj helping you (or your child) discover the best music schools for you and apply/audition for them successfully? We'd be happy to chat with you. Just fill in the form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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