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Fall 2021 Update

Berklee Valencia will continue its classes this fall through a hybrid academic model for Graduate and Undergraduate programs. For updated information, please visit the Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions section. All updates on the COVID-19 are on our Public Safety Alerts page.

Updates from the Dean of Academic Affairs

Dear Berklee Valencia Family,

It has been a busy start to the semester and students are preparing for their upcoming midterms. As I came into the building this morning, I also heard some students discussing their fall break travel plans. I heard the word “Milan” and lots of gushing from the other students. It is great to hear them excited about what is ahead and embrace the many opportunities available to them while studying at Berklee Valencia. I would also like to assure you that we reach out to students before they leave to share travel and safety tips. And we ask that students register their travels with us through this form, so that we know where they are.

As previously mentioned, it has been a busy start to the semester, not just with classes but with various other activities. We were pleased to have Roger Brown, former president of Berklee, on campus. We organized a concert in his honor and he was interviewed by Emilien Moyon, program director of Global Entertainment and Music Business. We have also had various co-curricular and extra-curricular events, including a sunset catamaran trip for students and events for Mental Health Awareness Day. Our Lago de Conciertos outdoor concert series continued through October 8, with students from different programs performing for the general public.

We are excited this fall to have two hours a week where all students are free. We have therefore organized a series of events, called Agora, for students to, among other things, develop career skills and engage with topics related to diversity and inclusion. Recent sessions have included “Coffee and Careers: Music Revenue - Sources of Income” and “Great Berklee Library Online Resources You Should Know About.”

If you want to dive deeper and get to know the faculty in Valencia or receive a sample of our academic offerings, we encourage you to register for the free webinar Licensing Music in Global Markets. Finally, if you have not already done so, I recommend that you follow our social media channels and sign up to receive our newsletter, which will provide you with updates through the academic year.

As you can see, there are many activities on the Berklee Valencia campus and lots of opportunities for your student. I look forward to updating you again in the next newsletter!

Previous Updates

September update

Dear Berklee Valencia Family,

As Dean of Academic Affairs, I am pleased to welcome all Berklee Valencia students and their families - by birth, adoption, or election - to the 2021-22 academic year. We are excited to be able to continue to offer in-person instruction at the beautiful Berklee Valencia campus and are thrilled to have you as part of our extended family. This is a particularly exciting year for us as we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. Thank you for being part of this historic event.

We were happy to welcome 207 students this fall; 147 are part of our graduate programs and 60 participate in our Study Abroad or First Year Abroad programs for undergraduate students. One of the most exciting things about Berklee is that our community is composed of people from around the world and we are fortunate to currently have students from 41 countries on campus.

All Berklee Valencia programs provide globally-minded students the opportunity to become successful music leaders and prepare for international careers. Students experience a culturally diverse setting in a city known for its rich history and its musical traditions. And they can interact with people of various backgrounds and perspectives. Undergraduate students, most of whom have studied at Berklee Boston or will be joining that campus for their second year, have the opportunity of interacting with students in our four graduate programs. In addition, many of our graduate students pursued their undergraduate studies on the Boston campus and are excellent ambassadors, and mentors, for our undergraduate students.

In addition to their classes, students can be involved in campus in a variety of ways: they can perform in concerts, such as our Lago de Conciertos series and our Les Arts events, or engage in co-curriculaar activities such as our record label, Disrupción Records, or in our annual music-industry event, INOCON.

The International Career Center at Berklee Valencia and the office of Student Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion host a variety of events for students including speakers and workshops, with the goal of preparing students for life post-Berklee. Sessions on music revenues, content strategy for your online presence, creative rights, and LGBTQ+ inclusion, among others, will be covered this fall.

In addition, we are offering a series of extracurricular activities including a walking tour of the old city, a visit to the art center Bombas Gens including a private session with Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, and a sunset catamaran tour. All of these activities are designed to build community and help students connect across programs.

While we are excited by the classes we will be offering this fall and the other activities we are providing students, we want to assure you that our main goal this year is to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe. We have instituted various health and safety protocols including additional cleaning procedures, a mask requirement at all times on campus, and distancing requirements. And we are, of course, following all regional and national health and safety guidelines. You can read more about our COVID-19 measures, and the current situation in Spain, on our website.

If you would like to get a taste of what our students are experiencing this fall, I would encourage you to take this virtual campus tour and visit this tourism Valencia website to see all that the city has to offer. If you want to dive deeper and get to know the faculty in Valencia or get a sample of our academic offerings, we encourage you to register for these free webinars for music industry professionals that will happen in October and November. Finally, if you have not already done so, I would recommend that you follow our social media channels and sign up to receive our newsletter, which will provide you with updates through the academic year.

I was, however, saving the best for last as we have put together a flickr album of pictures from our first couple of weeks on campus. Enjoy!

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and allowing us the opportunity to work with your students this year. We look forward to a great semester and to telling you all about it.

Sincerely,

Simone Pilon Dean of Academic Affairs
Berklee Valencia

Simone Pilon serves as Dean of Academic Affairs for Berklee Valencia. Prior to her appointment in this role in 2020, she served as Chair of the Liberal Arts Department for Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Before Berklee, Simone worked at a private liberal arts college where she taught French language and literature, oversaw study abroad, and built international partnerships and programs. She has been a Fulbright-Hays scholar to Morocco and Tunisia and has led study abroad programs in Africa, Canada, and Europe. Simone has published in international journals, edited two books, and presented at national and international conferences. Simone holds a Master’s degree in French Literature from McGill University and a PhD in Québécois Literature from Université Laval.

 

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