Berklee Study Abroad | Berklee Valencia Campus

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Berklee Study Abroad

Program Description

Studio Orientation

Students get familiar with studio equipment during orientation week.

Lunch in the Cantina

Students line up for lunch in the cantina on campus.

Lago de Conciertos

A study abroad student performs in the Lago de Conciertos concert series.

In the Classroom

A graduate student works on vocals in class as a study abroad student observes.

In the Studio

In the Studio

Study abroad student Tonina Saputo performs Historia de Amor, a recording done with the Mediterranean Music Institute on the campus studios.

First Days on Campus

First Days on Campus

Students talk about their first impressions of the program during the first week of orientation.

Students on Campus

Students socialize in front of campus between classes.

Technology Lab

Performing at the Tennis Open

Performing at the Tennis Open

A study abroad student was selected to perform Vivir la Vida at the Valencia Tenis Open.

Special Events

Study abroad students have an opportunity to participate in special campus events, such as the Women's Empower Symposium in spring 2015.

Campus Tour

Students take a tour of campus and the Palau opera house during orientation week.

Learning Spanish

Students participate in a group activity during a Spanish class.

The Berklee Study Abroad program on the Valencia campus provides globally minded students the opportunity to become successful global music leaders and to prepare for international careers. In Valencia, students may take advantage of performance and experiential learning opportunities, meet top visiting artists, and network with graduate students on campus.

Program Highlights

Live and Recorded Performance

The program also offers unique, meaningful, and frequent opportunities for students to engage in recording and the art of performance. Students can gain international exposure through the student concert series at the Lago de Conciertos, at Berklee-produced concerts, and, in certain circumstances, in gigs at important clubs in Valencia and the rest of Spain.

Advance Your Studies

Courses are offered from across the curriculum and for a variety of majors, so students may find the classes they need to progress in their programs to meet graduation requirements. In addition, students may complete a minor in music technology in one semester.

Mediterranean Culture and Music

Music is essential to the history and people of Valencia, where students are exposed to a wide spectrum of cultures and audiences, and to a vibrant gigging community. Students are in a prime location to visit other parts of Europe, and to go on an optional trip to Granada with the program.

Program Dates

For information about how to apply, visit the admissions section.

Fall 2015

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2015
  • Program Dates: August 31 - December 18, 2015

See the fall 2015 calendar to see the full schedule.

Spring 2016

  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2015
  • Program Dates: January 11 - May 6, 2016

See the spring 2016 calendar to see the full schedule.

Fall 2016

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2016
  • Program Dates: August 29 - December 16, 2016

The full program calendar is coming soon.

Spring 2017

  • Application Deadline: September 30, 2016
  • Program Dates: January 16 - May 12, 2017

The full program calendar is coming soon.

Courses

The Valencia campus experience offers students access to state-of-the-art recording, technology labs, and classrooms in an intimate academic setting. Students choose from the following courses for a full course load of 12 to 16 credits. Students may freely choose the courses they wish to take, as long as they meet the prerequisites for each course and they sign up for a full course load of 12 to 16 credits. Students from outside Berklee work with an academic advisor to define their course load.

Students interested in doing the music technology minor must take the courses defined by the minor.

Performance and Professional Music Courses

ENPC-459 Advanced Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion Ensemble
  • ENPC-459
  • 1 credit

In this course, students will continue to learn rhythms and percussion instruments from Brazil with emphasis on the drumming styles from the northeastern part of Brazil. Development of performance skills through study of transcriptions and supervised ensemble playing.

ILPH-359 Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion
  • ILPH-359
  • 2 credits

A lab focusing on rhythmic techniques and song styles of Brazilian music and their related percussion instruments. Development of performance skills through study of audio and video recordings as well as supervised ensemble playing. Note: ILPH-357 may be taken instead of this course.

ISKB-P111 Keyboard Fundamentals - Online
  • ISKB-P111
  • 1 credit

An online keyboard program for non-piano principals designed to give students skills in note reading, chord voicings, rhythmic interpretation, technique, and other instrumental skills. Using video clips, recorded play-alongs, chord-study exercises, weekly recorded assignments, and feedback from the teacher, students will be able to play simple accompaniments, read notes on the grand staff, realize a lead sheet, apply simple voice-leading techniques, and develop hand independence and a familiarity with different styles. Students will acquire the ability to use the keyboard as a resource in learning harmony, ear training, arranging, and technology applications such as notation and sequencing.

PIXX-XXX Private Instruction
  • PIXX-XXX
  • 1 or 2 credit(s)

PM-P425 The Business of Professional Music - Online
  • PM-P425
  • 2 credits

This course develops students’ awareness and provides hands-on, real-world experiences of music and entertainment as a business. Students will conduct self-directed research into their future career path in addition to developing and applying strategies for independent music success. Areas covered include (but are not limited to) research, resources and techniques used in making the transition from college to career, entrepreneurship, self-promotion and self-presentation skills (written and verbal), digital marketing and social media techniques, networking in a new music economy, leveraging opportunity, copyright, performing rights organizations, financial management, and general business techniques (contracts, negotiating, intermediaries). Business development planning will also be discussed and applied.

RPXX-XXX Recital Preparation
  • RPXX-XXX
  • 1 credit

Music Business Courses

Core Music Courses

Contemporary Writing and Production and Film Scoring Courses

Liberal Arts Courses

LMAS-P259 Spanish Music, Culture, and Society
  • LMAS-P259
  • 3 credits

In this course, students will become familiar with the underlying anthropological and sociological foundations of modern Spanish culture. The course content will provide a solid understanding of the cultural idiosyncrasy of the Spanish people in addition to an overview of Spain’s history. Students will also explore and analyze different trends and phenomena of modern day Spain, along with some traditions that still hold in our time. Spanish music history and artistry from ancient times to the present will be studied, with a special focus on the way that music shapes and is shaped by society. Students will study Spanish styles of music, including, among others, folk, popular music, and flamenco. An exploration of the ways that other Mediterranean cultures have shaped Spain will be used as a lens to explore music history, artistry, and culture. In addition, students will explore the ways that music is an expressive form that reflects and influences society.

MHIS-201 European Music History
  • MHIS-201
  • 2 credits

MHIS-322 History of Rock Music - Online
  • MHIS-322
  • 2 credits

A survey of rock music from its origins to the present. Lectures will focus on musical distinctions among the substyles present in the genre, and will include audio and video clips of major artists and trendsetters. Literary, sociological, and other cultural aspects of this music will also be discussed. Students will be able to take advantage of access to extensive research materials available outside the classroom.

Music Technology Courses

Music Technology Minor

Music Technology Minor

Music Technology Minor

Watch to learn about the Music Technology Minor in Valencia.


Working in the Technology Lab

Students have access to two technology labs, with the latest software and hardware in the industry.


Electronic Music Creation and Performance

Students can choose an elective to explore live electronic performance and DJ skills or electronic dance music creation with Ableton Live.

Live Production

Explore live sound and stagecraft in the music technology minor, plus there are additional opportunities to audition to perform in the Innovation: ¡En Vivo! concert series.

Berklee's minor in music technology arms students with the tools they need to effectively leverage technology to create and distribute their music. The immersive, integrated courses are designed to be completed in one semester at Berklee’s state-of-the-art Valencia campus, where students can take full advantage of its powerful combination of facilities, staff, and faculty.

Berklee students who wish to declare the music technology minor should submit the Declaration/Change of Major/Minor form to the Study Abroad Office during the period in which they register for their Valencia courses.

The minor consists of all required courses and one elective course, for a total of 10 credits. Some courses may also be available at Berklee's Boston campus or online.

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Faculty

Fabien Aubry

Instructor

Clara Barbera

Instructor

Ben Cantil

Assistant Professor

Maureen Choi

Instructor

Ferran Coto

Instructor

Daniel Flors

Instructor

Gael Hedding

Assistant Professor

Robert Kraft

Visiting Professor of Music and Media

Javier Loscos

Instructor

Nacho Marco

Instructor

Catalina Millan

Instructor

Emilien Moyon

Program Director

Celia Mur

Instructor

David Nordlund

Instructor

Polo Orti

Instructor

Yoel Páez

Instructor

Alexandre Perrin

Associate Professor

German Ramos

Instructor

Olga Román

Instructor

Mario Rossy

Instructor

Perico Sambeat

Instructor

Patrick Soria

Instructor

Liz Teutsch

Director of Academic Technology

Chris Wainwright

Assistant Professor

Stephen Webber

Program Director

Gary Willis

Instructor

Tony Woodcock

Visiting Professor for Music and Social Entrepreneurship

Brian Zalmijn

Instructor

Maria Zarza

Instructor

Private Instruction Faculty, by Instrument

  • Acoustic bass: Mario Rossy
  • Electric bass: Gary Willis
  • Violin: Maureen Choi
  • Drums: Mariano Steimberg
  • Vibraphone: Víctor Mendoza
  • Guitar: Dani Flors, Israel Sandoval
  • Piano: Polo Orti
  • Winds: Perico Sambeat
  • Voice: Celia Mur, Olga Román, and Brian Zalmijn
  • Hand percussion: Yoel Paez

Granada Trip

Students in the Study Abroad program have the opportunity to take an optional trip to Granada. Granada is a city in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Trip details will be shared with students once they are confirmed in the program.

Berklee Study Abroad in Granada

Berklee Study Abroad
These pictures were taken by students on the spring 2015 Granda trip. See #BerkleeAbroad pictures on our Instagram.

Sample Trip Itinerary

Day One

  • Morning: Meet at student residence for bus to Granada. Estimated travel time eight hours.
  • Afternoon: Group stops for lunch (on your own) along the way; arrival and hotel check-in.
  • Evening: Group dinner (included).

Day Two

  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel (included); visit to La Alhambra.
  • Afternoon: Lunch (on your own); free time.
  • Evening: Group dinner (included); visit to Mirador de San Nicolas.

Day Three

  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel (included); guided tour of the historic city.
  • Afternoon: Lunch (on your own); free time; flamenco music/dance master class.
  • Evening: Group dinner and flamenco show (included).

Day Four

  • Morning: Breakfast at the hotel (included); check out and depart for Valencia.
  • Afternoon: Group stops for lunch (included).
  • Early evening: Arrive in Valencia.

This is a sample itinerary. The details of the trip may change depending on the circumstances. Students will get more detailed information at orientation.

Trip Cost

This trip is optional. The trip will be added to your course schedule once you pay your program deposit, and the trip fee will be added to your Berklee tuition statement. If you do not wish to attend the trip and wish to have the fee removed from your statement, you may drop the trip course from your schedule via Berklee’s online course registration system.

  • Trip fee: $570 (USD)

**Students should bring additional spending money for lunch on the first three days and for personal items, souvenirs, etc.**

Trip Highlights

The Alhambra

The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is the most renowned building of the Andalusian Islamic historical legacy with its many cultural attractions that make Granada a popular tourist destination in Spain. The Almohad influence on architecture is preserved in the area of the city called the Albayzín with its fine examples of Moorish and Morisco construction. Granada is also well-known within Spain for the prestigious University of Granada which has about 80,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city.

El Albayzín

El Albayzín is a district of present-day Granada that retains the narrow winding streets of its Medieval Moorish past. It was declared a world heritage site in 1984, along with the more famous Alhambra. It rises on a hill facing the Alhambra and many tourists journey into the Albayzin primarily for the spectacular views of the Alhambra from the viewing point by the church of San Nicolas. Highlights within the area include the remains of an Arab bath complex, Granada's archeological museum, and the church of San Salvador, built on the remains of a Moorish mosque. The Albayzin also contains some original Moorish houses and a wide range of restaurants, including several streets whose eateries are inspired by North Africa. The oldest part of the medina dates to the 11th century, when the Zirids founded Granada as their new capital. Later constructions were added by the Almohads and the Nasrids.

Housing

Students attending the Study Abroad program for the first time are required to stay in the student residence in Valencia. Living together as a cohort of students provides a safe and comfortable environment while abroad.

Students stay at the Galileo Galilei student residence, located at the Valencia Polytechnic University. There is a choice of a single room with private bath, or a double room with private bath, shared by the two roommates. Once accepted, students will be asked to indicate their room type and roommate preference. The student residence is coed, but the shared rooms are not.

A housing waiver may be requested by students who are either 24 years or older, have a parent or legal guardian that lives in Valencia, or have a disability that requires accommodations that the student residence in Valencia is not able to provide. Contact the Study Abroad Office for more details.

See housing costs in the tuition section.

Included Services

Students have access to the following complementary services and facilities:

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the residence
  • Linens: sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows
  • Cleaning service: all rooms are cleaned once per week, including a change of sheets once per week and towels twice per week.
  • Shared kitchen on each floor and personal kitchen utensil packs
  • Fitness room and classes
  • TV/games room
  • Music room

Additional Services

The Galileo Galilei residence offers students an array of additional services for a fee. Sample services include:

  • Meal plans and/or individual meals
  • Refrigerator and/or TV for their room
  • Laundry: Access to the laundry room or arranged through the cleaning service (fees vary)

See more details on the additional services available at Galileo Galilei.

Galileo Galilei is located at Avenida De Los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain.

Getting to Campus

The Berklee campus is located approximately two miles from the student residence. Most students either bike, walk, or take the public bus to get to school.

  • Bike: Many students take advantage of Valenbisi, Valencia’s public bike-sharing system. For just 29 euros students can sign up for a yearly pass that allows them unlimited use of bicycles, with the first half hour of each trip being free. There are Valenbisi stations located all around the city, including several that are close to the residence and to the campus.
  • Bus: The public bus #No. 40 runs along a main road that connects the residence and the campus. Average travel time is about 30-35 minutes.
  • Walk: Valencia is known for its beautiful weather! Walking is a great way to travel to campus, while getting some exercise and soaking in the sun. Average travel time is about 40-45 minutes.

Transportation to Berklee Valencia

Frequently Asked Questions

For what dates should I buy my flights?

The Berklee Study Abroad program runs during the fall and spring semesters. Once accepted to the program, you will receive a program calendar with the dates in which you should book your flights and with arrival information to check into the student residence. Keep in mind that most flights from the US to Europe are overnight flights that arrive the next day.
Are any vaccinations/immunizations required?

There are no vaccinations required to enter Spain. You must make sure your routine immunizations are up to date (which they should be to enter Berklee). Also, consult with your doctor to see if there are any specific recommendations for you. A good resource for health information for travelers is the Centers for Disease Control.
How should I transport my instrument(s)?

We recommended that you carry your instrument(s) with you. Check with different airlines for their specific regulations regarding instruments. Drum sets and pianos are available on campus for practicing.
How should I get from the Valencia airport to the student residence?

The best way to get to the residence is by taxi. There’s a taxi stand right at the Valencia airport. Taxi fare should be about 25-30 euros ($35-40). You will be added to a Facebook group before coming to Spain, and that is a great place to find out when and from where other students are traveling, in case you want to travel together. You can also check our website for directions to campus.
How can I get to and from school?

Valencia has an excellent bus system, which is the preferred way of getting around the city. There is a good subway/metro system too. The train system is used mostly to travel outside of the city. Many students use Valenbisi, the city’s popular bike sharing system (it’s like Hubway in Boston). For just 29 euros per year you can grab a bike whenever and wherever you want. There are bike stations very close to the residence, the campus, and throughout the city.

Public Transportation in Valencia

How can I access my money while in Valencia?

You should plan to exchange $100-$150 into euros before you leave so that you will have money to use when you first arrive in Valencia. Small denominations are best. You also may want to carry some U.S. currency in case you need to use it during your return flight. You can exchange currency at a bank, foreign exchange broker, or at the airport prior to departure. In Valencia, students can use their ATM cards to access funds from their U.S. bank accounts. Most banks will charge a transaction fee for using their ATMs. However, some U.S. banks have partner institutions in Spain that charge reduced or no fees for using their ATMs (check with your bank). Most major credit cards are accepted in Spain, but many charge a percentage-based fee for each international transaction. We strongly recommend that you contact your bank and credit card companies to notify them that you will be out of the U.S., so that they do not freeze your account when you first use your card while traveling. Students staying for more than one semester may wish to open a Spanish bank account once in Valencia.
How can I use my cell phone or get one in Valencia?

Many students buy inexpensive handsets that they can use as a "pay as you go" phone to make calls to other local numbers. They use their U.S. phone wherever there is free Wi-Fi to access the internet and to use apps like Skype, Viber, Line, Whatsapp, etc. Students staying for one year may wish to unlock their U.S. phone in order to set up a year contract with one of the main Spanish phone companies. Once in Valencia, we will provide you with more information and recommend some cell phone providers.
How do I get my books?

Students will find out what books they need once they are in Valencia. Books can be purchased at the campus library and bookstore in Valencia.
How do I check in and register for classes?

Students will check in and register during the college’s regular check in and registration periods.
Can I purchase a meal plan?

Yes. There are different plans available at the student residence, including breakfast-only and two-meals-per-day plans. You may also purchase individual meals. There are lots of good and cheap places to eat near the residence. There are also shared kitchens on each floor of the residence. We recommend that you wait until you get to Valencia to decide if you want to purchase a meal plan. Plans can be purchased directly at the residence with a credit card. The meal plan is for the residence only. It does not include the cafeteria at the Berklee campus. More information about meal plans is in the acceptance packet.
What about health and travel insurance?

Students are required to maintain their domestic health insurance while they are abroad by either purchasing Berklee’s health insurance plan (or their school’s plan if not at Berklee) or by waiving it. In addition, each student is provided supplemental health and travel insurance that covers him or her for the duration of the program in Spain, including the trip to and from Valencia.