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About Berklee

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study.

With a diverse and talented student body representing 96 countries, and alumni who have collectively won 305 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

About the Valencia Campus

Berklee’s first international campus in Valencia, Spain offers a unique curriculum and an unparalleled faculty of inspiring educators and cutting-edge industry professionals. The Valencia campus offers a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community—as performers, as practitioners, and as leaders.

Opened in 2012, the campus is housed in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, an iconic opera house designed for optimal musical performance and equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Music is essential to the history and people of Valencia, where students are exposed to a wide spectrum of cultures, audiences, and master musicians, and to some of the richest musical cultures in the world—including those of South America, the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa.

Valencia Campus Academic Programs

Master’s Degree Programs

We currently offer master's degrees in the following four areas:

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Study Abroad in Valencia

Undergraduate students from the Berklee campus in Boston have the opportunity to study on the Valencia campus. Learn more about study abroad >>

Summer Programs

Summer programs (available to those as young as 15) allow you to expand your musical horizons on the state-of-the-art Valencia campus together with experienced teachers and gifted students. See our summer programs >>


More About Berklee College of Music

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Cultivating the musicianship of all of our students is the foundation of our curriculum.

Our mission and philosophy

Vision for 2015

Berklee will be the world's leading institute of contemporary music. Attracting diverse and talented students passionate about careers in music, we will offer a relevant and distinctive curriculum in music and liberal arts.

Berklee's vision for 2015

History

Berklee was founded by Lawrence Berk, an engineer trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a veteran arranger with the CBS and NBC radio orchestras who wanted to teach contemporary music and provide practical career preparation for the working musician. His idea caught fire, and the small teaching studio grew into a sizable school, and then a college, in just over two decades.

Berklee's history

Honorary Degree Recipients

There is a select group of performing and recording artists, educators, and contributors to today's professional music who are recipients of the honorary doctorate degree from Berklee College of Music.

Honorary degree recipients

Accreditation

Berklee College of Music is a nonprofit, coeducational institution of higher learning incorporated under General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and authorized under U.S. federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and to train veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights.

Accreditation