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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 2016

  • Application Deadline: Applications are not being accepted.
  • Program Dates: August 29 - December 16, 2016

See the fall 2016 calendar to see the full schedule.

Spring 2017

  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2016
  • Program Dates: January 9 - May 12, 2017

See the spring 2017 calendar to see the full schedule.

Fall 2017

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
  • Program Dates: August 28 - December 15, 2017

See the fall 2017 calendar to see the full schedule.

Courses

The Valencia campus experience offers students access to state-of-the-art recording, technology labs, and classrooms in an intimate academic setting. 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.

Class Color Code

  • Orange: Class offered in Valencia and also Boston and/or Online
  • Blue: Class exclusively offered in Valencia
  • Green: Online class

Performance and Professional Music Courses

ENJZ-220 Small Band Jazz Rating 4
  • ENJZ-220
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4

The Small Band Jazz Rating 4 ensemble will study and perform jazz in the context of a small band. Students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. They will focus on playing standard jazz arrangements with special attention to the swing feel, playing through song forms, and the further development of standard jazz repertoire and vocabulary. Additionally, students will be introduced to improvising over complex chord changes, more complex song forms, as well as an introduction to a variety of rhythmic feels within the genre of jazz. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENMX-221 Latin Jazz with Vocals
  • ENMX-221
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4

Small group performance in jazz, rock, swing, and Latin idioms. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing every song selected for the semester. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: trumpet, alto, tenor, flute, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibes, and strings.

ENGB-404 Middle Eastern/Flamenco Ensemble
  • ENGB-404
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

The Middle Eastern/Flamenco Ensemble will study and perform the music of the contemporary Middle Eastern and flamenco Music. This course is part of a team-taught class between Middle Eastern and flamenco styles. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing and improvising in a groove-oriented setting. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

ENPC-459 Advanced Brazilian Rhythms and Percussion Ensemble
  • ENPC-459
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: ILPH-359 or overall ensemble rating 3

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 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

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.

ILRE-375 Recital Workshop for Performance Majors
  • ILRE-375
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: PIXX-212 and current enrollment in RPXX-311

Required for all fifth-semester performance majors. Each student will perform three times during the semester. Students will critique one another's performances. Topics to be discussed will include repertoire, stage presence, constructive criticism, and mental preparation.

ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1
  • ISKB-211
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: PW-111

For non-piano principals. Comping, harmonic continuity. Triads, seventh chords, melody, and accompaniment. Standard song forms, blues.

ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 2
  • ISKB-212
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: ISKB-211

Continuation of ISKB-211. Advanced comping, voicings, additional melody with accompaniment.

PFET-P211 Advanced Rhythmic Techniques for Performers
  • PFET-P211
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3

A lab workshop specially designed to improve performers' understanding and mastery of different rhythmic concepts and their application on their instrument into various musical contexts. The students will learn percussion and speaking rhythms, which they will later apply on their own instrument. The course material will be based on different rhythmic approaches based on techniques applied in different cultures around the world, including: African, Indian, and Latin rhythmic systems and vocabulary. The workshop environment will be used to give the students practical examples of rhythmic concepts using prepared literature, specific compositions, audio tracks, and video material. They will practice performing these rhythms both individually and as a group.

PFSS-P301 Survey of Mediterranean Musical Styles
  • PFSS-P301
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

This course will examine the various tonalities, meters and compositional structures that characterize the various music styles from the Mediterranean region. This is a survey course focused on the folk music from the Mediterranean with a spotlight on how melody is the defining and dominant feature of the music. Students will explore modal systems with limited harmonic progression and tonalities not always consistent with western tonal systems and metric forms. The influence of religious music, the differing ethnic traditions, and the sociocultural differences of the principal music sources will be reviewed and studied. Listening, performing, songwriting, and sight singing are the main activities of this course.

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

PMH-250 Movement for Musicians
  • PMH-250
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

This class is designed to offer fundamentals of movement and dance for musicians. Each session includes a brief warm up followed by a dance combination and/or work on body awareness, coordination, use of time and space, development of internal pulse, and stage presence, etc. No prior dance experience is necessary. The class may be repeated for additional credit.

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.

PM-476 Final Project Directed Study - Online
  • PM-476
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: PM-P425 and written approval of course chair

A seminar in which students receive individualized guidance in the preparation and completion of their final project. Students will develop an approach and timeline, self-evaluative criteria for assessment of their project upon completion, and gain an understanding of current and future trends in the music industry as they relate to both the final project and the student's broader career goals. This course is a remotely delivered version of the current PM-475 Professional Music Capstone Project.

PSIJ-215 Standard Jazz Repertoire 1
  • PSIJ-215
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3

Building and retaining a functional repertoire of approximately 30 selected standards and jazz standards that form a common vocabulary and basis for study among jazz musicians. Development of skills to effectively memorize the melody, harmony, and rhythm of selected repertoire. Recommended for students who plan to take jazz improvisation techniques courses.

Music Business Courses

MB-211 Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
  • MB-211
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

An overview of business and legal issues of special concern to musicians and songwriters, with special emphasis on copyright law, recording and music publishing agreements, and relationships between artists and other parties, including managers, producers, and investors.

MB-287 Business Communication
  • MB-287
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

An in-depth study of the nature of human and electronic communication. Students write and edit a variety of business documents including cover letters, memos, reports, and proposals, among others, as well as practice extemporaneous speaking, presenting to a group, planning and running meetings, and supervising teams.

MB-389 Managing Technology-Driven Business
  • MB-389
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MB-255 or MB-355

This course will explore the underlying technology and terminology required to effectively communicate and conduct business in the technology-driven marketplace. In today's business environment, it is essential for managers and executives to understand the basic concepts behind contemporary information systems and how they can be used effectively in business. Topics include hardware, software, network architecture, information security, data warehousing, customer interfaces, and online marketing opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to work with common open source applications used for content management, customer relationship management, online purchasing and payment systems, and more.

MB-391 Concerts and Touring
  • MB-391
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MB-201, MB-211, and MB-275

Business aspects of producing and promoting successful tours and shows. Emphases include: (1) the promoter's ability to purchase talent and produce successful shows, taking into consideration such matters as competition, population, guarantees and percentage splits, ticket pricing and distribution, advertising budgets, production costs, sponsorships, rental agreements, labor, security, concessions, tour packages, and promoter-owned venues; and (2) managing and producing a successful tour, focusing on a tour theme and marketing plan, routing, itineraries, riders, offers, contracts, subcontractors, show and tour personnel, merchandising, sponsorships, day-of-show, and show settlements.

MB-499 International Industry Seminar
  • MB-499
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: LENG-111

The global music industry is responsible for the supply of music content and brands to music consumers around the world. The digital environment in which this international flow of content occurs has created a new paradigm for regional and national music brands willing to expand beyond their home market, regardless of geography. In this course, students examine the national and regional music industries that have adapted particularly well to this new business model and forged paths into various international markets—many of which, to a great extent, remain impenetrable. Students analyze these successful businesses and the various ways they have reached transnational audiences, which often challenge common practices in the global music industry. 

Core Music Courses

CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1
  • CM-211
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: PW-111

Functional tonal harmony analyzed and composed in various musical textures. Emphasis on voice leading, melodic writing, and figured bass.

CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2
  • CM-212
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: CM-211 or CM-251

Continuation of CM-211. Advanced tonal harmony and intermediate compositional procedures. Emphasis on harmonies with sevenths, other upper extensions, chromatic alterations as well as modulation.

COND-211 Conducting 1
  • COND-211
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231

Techniques of conducting vocal and instrumental music. Fundamental beat patterns. Discussion and study of terminology, problems of tempo, phrasing, and articulation.

COND-212 Conducting 2
  • COND-212
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: COND-211 or COND-216

The course assumes basic beat pattern knowledge and covers three areas: (1) symphonic conducting with an instrumental soloist (concerto), (2) symphonic conducting with a vocal soloist (operatic aria), and (3) symphonic conducting of a major modern work involving complete meter changes. Works used include a romantic piano or violin concerto, an operatic excerpt, and a piece such as Petrouchka, The Rite of Spring, or Symphonies of Wind Instruments.

CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint
  • CP-210
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: HR-112, ET-112, and CM-211 or CM-251

This course instructs students in the fundamental principles of free counterpoint (i.e., composition with melodic lines) with an emphasis on two-part writing. Through the utilization of a three-pronged focus on principles, literature, and experiential practice, students complete exercises and projects involving composition and performance within the common-practice period with additional attention to and experience in contemporary tonal practice.

 

ET-211 Ear Training 3
  • ET-211
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: ET-112

Development of ear training skills through performance and dictation. Study of melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in Lydian, Mixolydian, Dorian, and Phrygian modes, mixed modes, and harmonic and melodic minor. Continued study of rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and notation.

ET-212 Ear Training 4
  • ET-212
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: ET-211

Continuation of ET-211. Modal singing and dictation studies. Interval studies, two- and three-part dictation. Basic atonal melodic studies.

HR-211 Harmony 3
  • HR-211
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: HR-112

Students continue their analysis and application of major and minor key harmony; elaboration of subdominant minor and modal interchange; and chord scale theory. Students review melodic construction and the melody/harmony relationship. They also review the individual note analysis of melodies. The course introduces substitute dominant and related II-7 chords, diminished chord patterns, and modulation.

 

HR-212 Harmony 4
  • HR-212
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: HR-211

This course provides continued study of principles of modern chord progression, particularly deceptive resolutions of secondary dominants, dominant seventh chords without dominant function, and contiguous dominant motion. Students examine melodic construction, form, and melody/harmony relationship; modal interchange; pedal point and ostinato; modal harmony and modal composition; compound chords; and constant structures.

 

Contemporary Writing and Production and Film Scoring Courses

AR-112 Arranging 2
  • AR-112
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: AR-111 and HR-112

In this course, students study the properties of the trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trombone, and baritone saxophone. Students also explore the writing and arranging processes of standard and spread voicings, as well as approach techniques, melodic embellishment, and guide tone backgrounds. Students apply the writing processes to soli and background writing for two-, three-, four-, and five-part combinations of these instruments. It is recommended that CW-171 be taken by CWPR majors prior to enrolling in AR-112.

 

CW-171 Groove Writing
  • CW-171
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: AR-111, ET-112, HR-112, and MTEC-111

Expanding on the material introduced in AR-111, this course focuses on creating and writing grooves for the rhythm section (guitar, keyboard, bass, percussion, and drums) and the ways in which different grooves work together. Original techniques and practical approaches to creating grooves will be presented, as well as methods to refine and create variations in grooves and scoring with production goals in mind. Styles studied include funk, hip-hop, rock, reggae, and ska; Latin styles, including bossa, samba, salsa, cha-cha, songo, and baion; shuffle, as used in rock, blues, and funk; generic dance grooves such as techno; and pop and Euro-pop. Projects will include transcription, sequencing, and live performance of grooves.

CW-191 Sequencing and Production Techniques
  • CW-191
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: AR-111 and MTEC-111

The course covers the necessary tools, techniques, and applications of MIDI sequencing and digital audio for writing and production. Main topics include the MIDI standard and its applications, set up and use of digital audio workstations (DAWs), integration of MIDI and audio tracks/sources, use of software synthesizers, basic mixing techniques, audio theory, equipment, and techniques. Through practical examples, activities, and projects the student will learn how to effectively use a DAW to write and produce music. Emphasis is on technological needs of the contemporary writer.

CW-P227 Flamenco Music Composition and Arranging
  • CW-P227
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: AR-111

This course examines the concepts and techniques of writing flamenco music, which is a vital and growing genre in contemporary music. The course covers the origins of the various styles of flamenco, their individual influences, primary composers of flamenco, overview of popular lyrics, and common composition and arranging techniques in flamenco styles. Students will investigate the various aspects of writing flamenco music: use of improvised structure; binary, ternary, and polyrhythm rhythmic styles; traditional harmonic approaches and concepts; melodic approaches; and the use of microtones. A variety of compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations will be analyzed, including examples of contemporary compositions and new stylistic variations in flamenco that feature the use of electronics and flamenco without guitar. Students will create compositions and/or arrangements for a flamenco music ensemble.

CW-261 DAW Writing and Production
  • CW-261
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: ISKB-211 (non-piano principals) and CW-191 or PW-161

The advanced student will learn to utilize digital audio workstations (DAW) to create arrangements of either original or existing musical elements. This course focuses on the creative use of technology in music production. Topics covered include signal flow of MIDI and audio signal within the DAW sound processing plugins, choosing appropriate sounds and combining elements from software synthesizers, alternate approaches to quantizing and refining rhythmic grooves, hybrid production techniques (audio and MIDI), use of the DAW for scoring to picture and basic synthesis techniques. In addition to using their own laptops in the Professional Writing Technology Lab students are expected to have the CWP major bundle.

FS-P114 Introduction to Film Scoring for Non-Majors
  • FS-P114
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: LENG-111

Investigation of the aesthetic relationship between film and music. Discussion of the many functions of film music with analysis of its most effective application to dramatic situations. Exploration of career opportunities in film and television music. This course is suitable for students not intending to major in film scoring.

Liberal Arts Courses

LENG-201 Literature: Lorca and Hemingway

  • LENG-201
  • 3 credits

Federico García Lorca and Ernest Hemingway are two of the most internationally recognized literary and cultural figures of the 20th century. That is, not only are they viewed with great interest and even division and controversy in their birth countries of Spain and the United States respectively, but they continue to cast a long shadow across the globe and especially over the Atlantic. Furthermore, not only did each of these two compelling figures leave a deep footprint in the other´s country, but they were also influenced and greatly inspired by the socio-cultural patrimony of the other´s homeland. By studying and analyzing Lorca in America and Hemingway in Spain students will explore an inter-cultural journey that reaches the core of how many Spaniards view America and how many Americans view Spain to this day.

LENG-201 Literature: Music and Words

  • LENG-201
  • 3 credits

In this course, students explore different themes and genres within the field of literature, examining critical and creative thinking through literary analysis. Students apply the skills of synthesis, interpretation, and evaluation in writing and speaking about fiction, drama, poetry, creative nonfiction, and literary criticism. Students also explore concepts related to aesthetics such as beauty, rhythm, and sound; and concepts of literary analysis such as plot, point of view, character, tone, and style. Students complete analytical and creative writing assignments. The titles of individual sections of LENG-201 identify the theme of that section. Individual course descriptions are available to registering students at http://www.berklee.edu/liberal-arts/courses/liberal-arts-topics-courses.

LHIS-223 History Topics: History of Spanish Film

  • LHIS-223
  • 3 credits

In this course we will explore the history of Spain through an examination of Spanish film. We will begin our study in the 1890s and work our way to contemporary Spain, emphasizing the Surrealism of the 1920s and 1930s, the propagandistic yet surprisingly intriguing films of the Franco years (1939-1975), the counter-cultural post-Franco 1980s known as ¨la Movida,¨ and the amazingly productive years that lead us to today´s Spain.

One of the primary objectives of our course is to demonstrate that Hispanic film cannot be stereotyped as falling into a determined genre of film-making. The films we will view and analyze will make you laugh, maybe cry, cause you to feel uneasy, perhaps spark an interest to learn more about Spanish cultural history or explore the thorny dynamics of determined social issues, repel you yet intrigue you at the same time, and even baffle you. Another very important objective of this course is to show that film genres, artistic movements, history, politics, economics and social issues feed off of each other. So, while the ever-popular Almodóvar and Penelope Cruz will be given their due, it is our objective to approach this class with an inclusive attitude towards other very important figures that are not as well known outside of the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to Almodovar, students will also benefit by viewing films directed by Buñuel, Palacios, Saura, Bollaín, Trueba, Bigas Luna, Amenábar and Bayona among others.

LAHS-233 Art History Topics: Art, Patrimony and Culture of Valencia

  • LAHS-233
  • 3 credits

In this course we will study the very impressive art, patrimony and culture of the beautiful city of Valencia. While the text by Mark Williams will form the basic historical foundation of the course as far as readings are concerned, the class will benefit from numerous field work outings in Valencia, and we will also make good use of audio-visual materials when appropriate. The course is as much an investigation into the politics, history, theology, economics, and cultural identity of Valencia and Spain as it is an investigation of Valencia´s patrimonial visual arts.

One of the primary objectives of our artistic and patrimonial study of Valencia will be to experience the city up close and personal; that is, through real life experiences. The student will be expected and required to conduct both group and individual field work in Valencia. No doubt many of you will also take side trips to other places as well. Take advantage of your stay here! Your experiences, reflections and cultural analysis will be a valuable source of class conversation.

LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar
  • LHUM-400
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Sixth-semester standing

The Professional Development Seminar provides an opportunity for students in their sixth semester to reflect upon their academic and professional experience at Berklee, prepare to complete their Berklee programs, and transition from college into the professional world and/or graduate school. Students evaluate their knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests as they develop and/or refine college and career goals. Students also explore their own identities and their professional and personal relationships as they reflect on the role of the artist in society generally and their role as a musician in their community specifically. Students learn business, entrepreneurship, legal, and communication skills, and address issues of business ethics. Additionally, students refine and redirect their Berklee College of Music electronic portfolio towards a professional model and explore issues of presentation and critique. The Professional Development Seminar provides a creative and reflective atmosphere that encourages students to participate in their own learning while preparing for their future.

LMSC-208 Music Acoustics
  • LMSC-208
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Passing score on the Math Proficiency Exam, LMSC-130, or completion of college level precalculus or higher; and LENG-106 or LENG-111

This course is a survey of acoustical phenomena relating to music. The course includes an overview of the nature of sound waves and vibration, sound propagation and room acoustics, sound level and its measurement, the human ear and perception, and tuning systems. Course material is directed toward the contemporary musician's need to understand acoustical phenomena in various contexts, including performance, writing, and music technology applications. Note: This is a required course for CWPR majors. ELPD and MPED majors are required to take either LMSC-208 or LMSC-209.

LMSC-221 Health and Wellness
  • LMSC-221
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: LENG-111

This course is designed to provide a scientific approach to issues of health and wellness necessary for the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress, sexuality, substance abuse, eating disorders, and the physical environment will be examined in the context of human physiology. Note: This course may be used to fulfill the natural science requirement.

LSOC-211 General Psychology
  • LSOC-211
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: LENG-111

This course is a survey of the history, theory, and applications of general psychology, including the study of human behavior, factors in psychological development, methods of measurement, and the brain.

 

LSOC-225 Principles of Economics
  • LSOC-225
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: Passing score on the Math Proficiency Exam, LMSC-130, or completion of college level precalculus or higher

An analysis of supply and demand in the international music marketplace, as affecting issues of pricing, employment, the output of goods and services, and competition. Emphasis is also placed on the techniques of financial management found within a music-oriented business, including planning and forecasting, allocation of resources, and profit analysis, as well as the monetary transmission mechanisms found in international business. Note: For MBUS majors, this course can be used to fulfill the social science requirement for degree students.

LSPN-161 Introductory Spanish 1
  • LSPN-161
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: None

This course covers basic grammar, composition, and cultural reading selections. The emphasis is on pronunciation and conversational Spanish. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.

LSPN-262 Introductory Spanish 2
  • LSPN-262
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: LSPN-161, LSPN-P100, or required placement test score

A continuation of LSPN-161, this course covers more advanced grammar, composition, and reading selections. Emphasis continues on pronunciation and conversational Spanish. Note: This course is not available for credit to students for whom this is a first language. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.

LSPN-363 Intermediate Spanish 1
  • LSPN-363
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: LSPN-262 or required placement test score

This course develops the language skills built in Spanish 1 and 2. Students learn Latin American and Spanish culture, including music and literature. Exploring a variety of texts and disciplines, and focusing on conversation, students deepen their language skills. Grammar lessons are embedded in reading and writing assignments. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.

LSPN-464 Intermediate Spanish 2
  • LSPN-464
  • 3 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: LSPN-363 or required score on placement test

Spanish 4 is a continuation of Spanish 3 as students develop advanced language skills through readings and analyses of literature and cinema. This course focuses on representations of Latin American and Spanish culture including music, poetry, and fiction. Students explore a variety of texts as a means of deepening language skills through an integrated curriculum. Grammar lessons will be embedded in reading and writing assignments. Note: This course is not available to students for whom Spanish is one of their primary languages and/or primary languages of instruction.

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.

Music Technology Courses

MP-114 Critical Listening Lab for Musicians
  • MP-114
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This online course focuses on developing critical listening skills with particular emphasis on analyzing recording and mix techniques in the context of the popular music mix. Topics include: acoustics of the critical listening environment; mix elements such as balances, panning, EQ, reverb, compression, delay and time-based effects; instrument identification; stylistic comparisons of recording and mix techniques. Listening analysis examples and concepts are reinforced through weekly critical listening assignments. A set of weekly audio ear training drills are also part of the class.

MP-115 Production Analysis Lab for Musicians
  • MP-115
  • 1 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course represents a step-by-step approach to the essential elements of effective records. Using in-class evaluation of demos, masters and commercial recordings, it takes students through an in-depth analysis and appraisal of the emotional effectiveness of recordings, with consideration for: artist identity, vision and intention; melody, lyrics and song form; arrangement, performance, and mixing. Several in-class presentations of student analysis projects are required.

MTI-303 Recording and Mixing Skills for Music Production
  • MTI-303
  • 4 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This project-based course is broken into two weekly sessions, the first focused on production and engineering concepts and the second focused on mixing skills. Throughout the semester, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. Students experience the complete production process from preproduction though delivery, acquiring technical skills including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, and an understanding of signal flow, editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.

MTI-304 Live Sound and Stage Craft
  • MTI-304
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

Live Sound and Stage Craft teaches students the ins and outs of setting up and operating sound reinforcement systems. Students develop knowledge of signal flow, mixing board operation, microphone choice and placement as well as strategies to avoid feedback. Weekly hands-on guided set up and operation of sound reinforcement systems help illustrate concepts and allow students to learn through the power of experience. This includes mixing from the stage while performing, mixing for other musicians for and from the FOH (front of house) position, as well as monitors. In addition, students acquire effective set up and stage management skills as well as the common communication protocol with other musicians and technicians in live sound reinforcement situations. Finally, implementation of adapted practices and systems for problematic spaces or venues is also explored. Students will also gain experience with basic lighting and video stagecraft systems.

MTI-307 Electronic Dance Music Creation With Ableton Live
  • MTI-307
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students will generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students will learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.

MTI-308 Virtual Production Techniques
  • MTI-308
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This is an 'in-the-box' project-based virtual production course. Students learn to produce short sound-alikes of fragments of contemporary hit records employing sequencing and virtual instruments. They also learn to produce a full acoustic band cover using virtual instruments and one live instrument and/or vocalist. Additionally they learn to produce short musical creations by chopping and editing audio, incorporating tempo mapping, elastic audio, Melodyne, looping, beat detective, and other manipulation tools. Students also learn the skills needed to edit and arrange music to picture.

MTI-309 Music Video Production and Dissemination
  • MTI-309
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

This course provides an introduction to the art and technology of creating music videos. Students learn the challenges and possibilities of representing music visually through the art of filmmaking. They explore the fundamental tools and techniques of music video production by reviewing and analyzing groundbreaking music videos. They also apply those techniques in the hands-on production of personal music videos.

MTI-310 Live Electronic Performance and DJ Skills
  • MTI-310
  • 2 credit(s)
  • Prerequisites: MTEC-111

An introduction to live electronic music performance and DJ skills, beginning with the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Students will explore the culture and aesthetics of Hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs, and will master the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp and flare). Students will create their own live mixes and present them as midterm and final performances.

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.

Class Color Code

  • Orange: Class offered in Valencia and also Boston and/or Online
  • Blue: Class exclusively offered on the Valencia campus (not offered in Boston or online)
  • Green: Online class

Required Courses

MP-114 Critical Listening Lab for Musicians
  • MP-114
  • 1 credit(s)

This online course focuses on developing critical listening skills with particular emphasis on analyzing recording and mix techniques in the context of the popular music mix. Topics include: acoustics of the critical listening environment; mix elements such as balances, panning, EQ, reverb, compression, delay and time-based effects; instrument identification; stylistic comparisons of recording and mix techniques. Listening analysis examples and concepts are reinforced through weekly critical listening assignments. A set of weekly audio ear training drills are also part of the class.

MP-115 Production Analysis Lab for Musicians
  • MP-115
  • 1 credit(s)

This course represents a step-by-step approach to the essential elements of effective records. Using in-class evaluation of demos, masters and commercial recordings, it takes students through an in-depth analysis and appraisal of the emotional effectiveness of recordings, with consideration for: artist identity, vision and intention; melody, lyrics and song form; arrangement, performance, and mixing. Several in-class presentations of student analysis projects are required.

MTI-303 Recording and Mixing Skills for Music Production
  • MTI-303
  • 4 credit(s)

This project-based course is broken into two weekly sessions, the first focused on production and engineering concepts and the second focused on mixing skills. Throughout the semester, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. Students experience the complete production process from preproduction though delivery, acquiring technical skills including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, and an understanding of signal flow, editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.

MTI-304 Live Sound and Stage Craft
  • MTI-304
  • 2 credit(s)

Live Sound and Stage Craft teaches students the ins and outs of setting up and operating sound reinforcement systems. Students develop knowledge of signal flow, mixing board operation, microphone choice and placement as well as strategies to avoid feedback. Weekly hands-on guided set up and operation of sound reinforcement systems help illustrate concepts and allow students to learn through the power of experience. This includes mixing from the stage while performing, mixing for other musicians for and from the FOH (front of house) position, as well as monitors. In addition, students acquire effective set up and stage management skills as well as the common communication protocol with other musicians and technicians in live sound reinforcement situations. Finally, implementation of adapted practices and systems for problematic spaces or venues is also explored. Students will also gain experience with basic lighting and video stagecraft systems.

Elective Courses

MTI-307 Electronic Dance Music Creation With Ableton Live
  • MTI-307
  • 2 credit(s)

This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students will generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students will learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.

MTI-308 Virtual Production Techniques
  • MTI-308
  • 2 credit(s)

This is an 'in-the-box' project-based virtual production course. Students learn to produce short sound-alikes of fragments of contemporary hit records employing sequencing and virtual instruments. They also learn to produce a full acoustic band cover using virtual instruments and one live instrument and/or vocalist. Additionally they learn to produce short musical creations by chopping and editing audio, incorporating tempo mapping, elastic audio, Melodyne, looping, beat detective, and other manipulation tools. Students also learn the skills needed to edit and arrange music to picture.

MTI-309 Music Video Production and Dissemination
  • MTI-309
  • 2 credit(s)

This course provides an introduction to the art and technology of creating music videos. Students learn the challenges and possibilities of representing music visually through the art of filmmaking. They explore the fundamental tools and techniques of music video production by reviewing and analyzing groundbreaking music videos. They also apply those techniques in the hands-on production of personal music videos.

MTI-310 Live Electronic Performance and DJ Skills
  • MTI-310
  • 2 credit(s)

An introduction to live electronic music performance and DJ skills, beginning with the use of the turntable as a musical instrument. Students will explore the culture and aesthetics of Hip-hop, turntablism, club DJs, radio, and mash-up DJs, and will master the following techniques: cueing, mixing, beat matching, beat extending, mash-ups, blending, and scratching (basic, scribble, laser, uzi, stab, cut, transformer, crab, chirp and flare). Students will create their own live mixes and present them as midterm and final performances.

Faculty

Fabien Aubry

Instructor

Clara Barbera

Instructor

Ben Cantil

Assistant Professor

Maureen Choi

Instructor

Daniel Flors

Instructor

Jon Forsyth

Assistant Professor

Vanessa Garde

Assistant Professor

Nacho Marco

Instructor

Lucas Martín

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

Israel Sandoval

Instructor

Patrick Soria

Instructor

Liz Teutsch

Associate Professor

Chris Wainwright

Assistant Professor

Gary Willis

Instructor

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 complimentary 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. These services may be purchased once in Valencia and payment is made directly to the residence hall. Visit the Galileo reception desk for more information. Services include:

Meal Plans (per month)
One meal per day (breakfast)
Two meals per day (breakfast and lunch or dinner)
Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
-
€60.00
€180.00
€300.00
Individual Meals
Breakfast
Lunch or dinner
-
€3.00
€6.00
Laundry Service (per month)
Includes laundry once a week up to 6 kilos, ironing included.
€60.50
Self-Service Laundry€4.00 (wash)
€2.00 (dry)
Small Fridge in room (per month)€11.00
19" Television in room (per month)€11.00
Kitchen DishesFree
(€25.00 penalty if not returned)

Galileo Galilei is located at Avenida De Los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain. Visit the Galileo Galilei website (in Spanish) to see the facilities.

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.