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Berklee College of Music seeks focused, motivated, innovative, and above all, passionately creative students with excellent academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute skills that will benefit their graduate program and class.
Our Graduate Board of Admissions thoroughly reviews each application, considering every aspect of an applicant's strengths. Our audition and interview process, along with our holistic evaluation of each applicant, provides us with a wealth of information to assess each applicant’s ability to succeed at Berklee. It is recommended that applicants begin the admissions process as early as possible to ensure enrollment into the desired academic year. All graduate programs on the Valencia campus begin in September and are completed in one year (fall, spring, and summer).
Each applicant is allowed to submit one graduate application per admissions cycle. Applicants not admitted to a graduate program may not reapply until the following year.
Submit your completed online graduate application with your supporting materials, and pay the $150 non-refundable application fee. Review the How to Apply section to see the steps needed to complete the application. The application fee is waived for Berklee alumni.
Once you have submitted your completed application and all supporting materials, the Graduate Board of Admissions will issue audition and interview invitations to selected applicants.
This experience is an integral part of the final selection process for our graduate programs. It is designed to show your strengths and helps us assess your aptitude and ability to succeed in Berklee’s highly charged and dynamic environment.
Applicants to the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) selected to move on to this stage are required to do both an audition and interview. Click to learn more about the audition and the interview process.
All other master's degree applicants selected to move on to this stage are required to do only an interview. Auditions are not required for the Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business; the Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games; or the Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation. Click to learn more about the interview process.
Once the selected applicants have fulfilled all the requirements, the Graduate Board of Admissions will evaluate applicants based on the completed application, supporting materials, and the audition and/or interview. You will be notified by email of your admissions status by the notification deadline.
Each master's degree has specific entrance requirements. Open each section below to discover the requirements for your program.
Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree in music. Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines will be considered, provided the student demonstrates a high degree of musicianship. Applicants should demonstrate strong working knowledge of harmony, leadership qualities, sequencing skills, ensemble experience, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and the promise of great achievement in their area of study.
We are looking for highly skilled and creative instrumentalists and vocalists from all styles of contemporary music who wish to develop their performance career further while also immersing themselves in the recorded production process and experience.
Ideal candidates will:
Global entertainment and music business applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate leadership, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and promise of great achievement in their area of study.
We seek focused, motivated, creative candidates with excellent academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute skills that will benefit the program.
Ideal candidates want to:
Ideal candidates should demonstrate:
Music production, technology, and innovation applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in music while demonstrating technological proficiency, musical excellence in performance and/or composition, leadership, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and promise of great achievement in their area of study. Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines will be considered, provided the student demonstrates a high degree of musicianship.
We seek open-minded, ambitious musicians who want to leverage technology in pursuit of their artistic vision and career goals.
Ideal candidates want to:
Ideal candidates should demonstrate:
Applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in music composition, electronic music production, or film scoring. Outstanding musicians with bachelor's degrees in performance or other disciplines, who have a strong background in songwriting or composition, will also be considered.
We seek focused, motivated, innovative, and, above all, passionately creative candidates with excellent academic and/or professional backgrounds. Additional study and/or work experience in the following areas will be helpful but is not required: interactive scoring techniques, conducting to picture, basic music editing skills, and project collaboration. Prospective students do not need to have extensive direct experience working with live orchestras.
Ideal candidates will:
The Graduate Board of Admissions will only evaluate complete applications. Review the information below and download the application checklist to ensure you have submitted all requirements.
Complete all required sections in the application, and upload your statement of purpose, resume, and program-specific portfolio to the application. You will then be able to pay the $150 non-refundable application fee and submit your completed online graduate application. If you are a Berklee alumnus (including Boston Conservatory, and Berklee Online)you may be eligible for a fee waiver.
Apart from the materials you will upload to your application directly, there are several other materials all graduate applicants are required to submit to support their application. Documents such as resume, statement of purpose, or program proposals should be in PDF format.
If you are admitted, you will be required to submit a copy of your diploma from your college/university before enrolling at Berklee.
For applicants who attended university in the U.S. or Canada:
For applicants who attended university outside the U.S. or Canada:
Contemporary Performance Graduate Program Applicants
All Other Graduate Program Applicants
To send exam scores, you may be asked for a code that represents Berklee College of Music. The institution code for Berklee is 3107.
Optional: In addition to the above requirements, the following materials may also be submitted for consideration:
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Valencia Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered for admission by our Graduate Board of Admissions, we must receive your completed application and all supporting documents by 11:59p.m. (eastern standard time) on the deadline.
The only difference between early and regular action is that early action applicants will be notified of their admissions decision several months before regular action applicants, giving them priority to reserve their place in the program and additional time to plan for the upcoming year. If you have any questions about early or regular action, contact email@example.com.
Applications received after the posted deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Any questions related to your application can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of the applications will begin shortly before the deadlines.
Scholarship Application deadlines are different from the Program Application deadlines. For further information about Scholarships click here.
Please note these decision dates are not offered for the contemporary performance (global jazz concentration) program, held on the Boston campus.
The interview experience is an integral part of the selection process for our master’s degree programs. It is designed to show your strengths and helps us assess your aptitude and ability to succeed in Berklee’s highly charged and dynamic environment. An interview is required for entry into all of our graduate programs; applicants to the contemporary performance (production concentration) program must also complete an audition, whereas applicants to other programs need not audition.
Once your application is complete and submitted, the Graduate Board of Admissions will review your application and contact you if you are selected to continue on in the admissions process. Interviews will be held end of November through the beginning of December 2019 for Early Action applicants, and end of February through beginning of March 2020 for Regular Action applicants. Interviews are online for all our graduate programs except the contemporary performance (production concentration) program audition and interview, which can take place either online or in-person.
The interviewer will use the information provided on your application as the foundation for this discussion. Depending on the graduate program you are applying to, you may be asked technical or field-based questions during the interview. Come prepared to highlight your strengths and share your creative aspirations. There are four primary areas of discussion in the interview:
There are four primary areas of discussion in the interview:
1. Preparation to begin study at Berklee.
In addition to each candidate's musical preparation to meet the rigors of our curriculum, consideration will be given to your understanding of Berklee's history and mission and your affiliation with Berklee's open and inclusive approach to music, including the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music-making, and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity.
2. Professional/career goals.
Why have you chosen music as the primary focus of your graduate education? What outcomes are expected as a result of your attending Berklee? Do you have a clear idea of career goals beyond a master’s degree?
3. Why Berklee?
In researching your options for pursuing an education in music, what aspects of the Berklee model are most appealing to you? What are your motivations behind applying to Berklee for a master’s degree?
4. What will you bring?
In selecting our entering class, the board of admissions must identify how each admitted student will contribute to the quality of our community. How will you contribute to the Berklee network and improve the quality of the Berklee experience for all?
Applicants to the Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) selected to move on to this stage are required to do both an audition and interview simultaneously. The audition is an integral part of the graduate admissions process for contemporary performance (production concentration) applicants and is designed to help you show your strengths while helping us assess your talent and potential to succeed at Berklee.
Once you have submitted your completed application and all supporting materials, the Graduate Board of Admissions will issue an audition and interview invitation to selected applicants. Auditions and interviews will be held end of November through the beginning of December 2019 for Early Action applicants, and end of February through beginning of March 2020 for Regular Action applicants online. Your interview will be scheduled at the same time as your audition. To see information about the interview click here.
Please plan to arrive at the audition and interview site no later than 30 minutes before your appointment in order to warm-up and prepare. If your audition and interview is online, make sure to double check your internet connectivity and any technology you are using. We recommend you test your connection with another user on the platform. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to accommodate any travel delays or technology issues.
The audition staff will be looking primarily at quality of sound, interpretation/style, intonation, stage presence, rhythm, musicality, preparation, and quality of improvisation. The audition staff may ask you to demonstrate other musical or technical abilities depending on your unique strengths. The audition and interview will be approximately 20-30 minutes long and may consist of the four parts outlined below.
Berklee embraces and values all music styles, so you should prepare a piece that you are comfortable with and that displays your strengths as a musician. It should be approximately three to five minutes in length and should be in any style that demonstrates your instrumental proficiency and your overall musicianship. Here are some guidelines that may help when selecting your prepared piece:
If composing or songwriting is your primary focus, you may choose to play an original piece that showcases your individual style. However, the original piece should be no longer than three minutes, and you should also prepare a second piece drawing on the guidelines above.
If you require accompaniment for your prepared piece, you may bring an accompanist, or a play-along device such as a phone or laptop. It is not recommended to use the original tracks of artists or bands as play-a-longs.
We recognize it is common for applicants to have imbalances in their playing abilities, and we realize that applicants may not have advanced skills in improvisation, reading, or ear training. We take a holistic approach in our evaluation process; each component of the audition helps the audition team assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success at the graduate program level.
There are two ways to audition and interview for the Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) program: on-site or online.
For the other graduate programs, the interview will be online.
If you require accompaniment for your prepared piece, you may bring an accompanist, or a play-along device such as a phone or laptop. Berklee does not provide an accompanist to applicants.
You must bring your instrument to the audition and interview if you play acoustic or electric bass, brass, guitar, hand percussion, a string instrument (including the harp, mandolin, and banjo), or woodwinds.
Bass players, guitarists, and string players (including mandolin and banjo players) are reminded to bring a tuner, instrument cable(s), and any effects needed for their prepared piece.
Drummers should bring their sticks as well as a practice pad to use in the warm-up room, as many warm-up rooms will not have a drum set.
Due to rental limitations, orchestral percussion principals are required to audition and interview in Valencia.
Berklee offers highly selective graduate programs on two campuses (Boston and Valencia, Spain) designed to help you launch a successful career in music, encompassing the wide array of tools and skill sets required to meet the demands of a highly competitive industry.
The best way to discover what makes the Berklee experience unique is to experience it for yourself. We strongly encourage you to visit the campus, take a tour, and ask our admissions team any questions you may have.
For all graduate programs located on the Valencia campus, this is the contact information:
Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Anexo Sur
Avenida Profesor López Piñero, 1
46013 Valencia (Spain)
Despite being Spain’s third-largest city, Valencia maintains its small-town charm. There are several popular up-and-coming neighborhoods offering world-class restaurants, cafes, and discos. For late nights out on the town, the ancient El Carmen in the city center is popular. For dinner on an outdoor terrace, Ruzafa is a good bet. Nearby Canovas is also a great neighborhood to find good food. For ideas on where to start, check out the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Valencia, Spain,” or an older article in the same 36-hour series from Valencia in 2011, still very relevant.
Valencia is well-known for its musical richness, and has no shortage of venues that support live music indoors and out. Some local favorites have quickly become student favorites, such as Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar, Loco Club, Upper Club, Sala Matisse and Ubik Cafe. Check out this New York Times’ article “The Newest Sounds of Valencia,” highlighting Berklee’s presence in Valencia.
The EMT service is the public bus system in Valencia. There are numerous bus lines during the day, most of them with short waiting times.
Night buses do not run as regularly as day buses do and not all routes are offered during night shifts, so to get around the city by night we recommend our students do so by either taxis (6€ minimum evening fare) or using Valenbisi, the public bike system which you will have access to for less than 30€ a year.
The tram and metro services are provided by Metrovalencia. From Monday to Friday, it runs until approximately 23:30 - 00:00. On weekends it runs until 2:30 a.m.
While you can get around the city without knowing Spanish, understanding at least the basics of the language is very helpful. We recommend getting familiar with some basic vocabulary. Duolingo is a language-learning application that can be downloaded to your phone for free and is very popular amongst Berklee Students in Valencia.
Renting a two- or three-bedroom apartment nearby campus or in one of the areas recommended averages 400€ to 1,200€ per month (approximately, not including utilities). Usually, students prefer to share an apartment with other Berklee students rather than renting a room with non-Berklee people, but there are a number of agents offering either option. Renting as a group (two or three people) is normally cheaper than one-bedroom apartments.
If you have additional questions related to admissions, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
There are four graduate programs delivered exclusively on the Valencia, Spain, campus including, Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business; Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games; Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration); and Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation.
The Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) is offered at the Boston campus. Further, Berklee Online also offers two online master's degrees; Master of Music in Music Production; Master of Arts in Music Business.
Yes, if you are currently in the final year of your bachelor's degree you are eligible to apply. Follow the instructions under How to Apply for detailed information on applying.
If you obtain an internship in the U.S. after graduation, you have the option to enroll in the Berklee Internships course. Taking this course means that Berklee will sponsor your student visa for three months (September-December).
If you feel like you need some extra skills or experience before applying, please browse our courses at Berklee Online. There are many courses, certificates, and degrees available to help you improve your skills. Have a fluent english speaker: friend, parent colleague, read over your application materials. Meet with a private instructor to work on audition songs.
Your student visa allows you to work part time in a job that does not conflict with your class schedule. It also permits you to work full time for up to three months under the same conditions. However, the business that hires you must solicit permission from the government and many employers are reluctant to take this administrative step. Therefore, few foreign students receive legitimate job offers during their studies. Keep in mind that your program will be very intense and you will not have much time to work outside of your studies.
Berklee provides mandatory health insurance to all enrolled students, which is a part of the comprehensive fee, and cannot be waived. In order to obtain a student visa, you are required to have health insurance. We include a letter from the health insurance company in all acceptance packages for you to present at your visa appointment. Learn more about health insurance.
The Valencia campus is very diverse by age, gender, and nationality. On average students attending a graduate program range between 22 and 36 years old. Applicants to the graduate program must already have completed their bachelor's degree, as well as meet other admissions requirements.
All graduate programs are non residential. Every student must secure their own housing. Please check Living in Valencia section.
Graduate programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, are accredited by official authorities in both the United States and in Europe. This means your graduate degree is valid in the U.S. and in the E.U.
All classes are taught in English.
Each program has specific software requirements. There is a required software bundle that is mandatory and included in your first tuition bill. You will receive the software bundle at orientation.
Even if you already own some of the software, you will still be billed for the full bundle, which Berklee arranges for you at a very low cost. Enrolled students will receive the updated software information the summer prior to orientation. Depending on your program, there may be optional software that we recommend.
If you already have a laptop that meets or exceeds the requirements, you do not need to buy a new laptop. Enrolled students will receive the new requirements the summer prior to orientation. Learn more about technology requirements.
The graduate programs are designed to be completed in one intensive year of full-time and in-person classes. Part-time programs are currently not available.
All master’s degree candidates are required to play an instrument, except applicants to the Master´s in Global Entertainment and Music Business program.
Our Valencia campus currently offers two program options for undergraduate students. The Berklee Study Abroad program available only to students from Berklee’s Boston campus and a select number of partner schools, and the First Year Abroad program, which allows undergraduate students accepted to Berklee to complete their first year with the college abroad on the Valencia, Spain campus.