Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music

Infobox University
name=Berklee College of Music

motto="Esse quam videri" (Latin)
mottoeng=To be, rather than to seem
president=Roger H. Brown
city=flagicon|USA Boston
faculty=430 cite web|url= |title=College Board At A Glance|accessdate=2008-01-30 ]
colors= Red and gray
website= []

Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts. It has an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students and a 2004 faculty of approximately 430. Berklee offers an accredited four-year baccalaureate degree or diploma.


Berklee was founded by Lawrence Berk and was originally named Schillinger House of Music, after his teacher Joseph Schillinger. The original purpose of the school was to highlight the Schillinger System of musical harmony and composition. After expansion of the school's curriculum in 1954, Berk changed the name to Berklee School of Music after his son Lee Berk. When the school received its accreditation, the name was changed to Berklee College of Music in 1973. Lee Berk never formally studied music, instead focusing on Business and Real Estate Law; however, his daughter Lucy Berk is an alumna of the college.

At the time of its founding, almost all music schools focused primarily on classical music. The original mission of Berklee was to provide formal training in jazz, rock, and other contemporary music not available at other music schools.


Admission requirements for applicants include a minimum two years of formal music study on their primary instrument and/or significant practical experience in musical performance, a diploma from an accredited secondary school with satisfactory marks in college-preparatory courses, Test scores on either the SAT or ACT are optional while the TOEFL (for international students) is required. In 2007, a live audition was added as an admission requirement. [cite web | url= | title=Berklee Admissions Requirements | accessdate=2006-09-21] This is a change from the school's open-admittance policy it used for many years. Berklee's acceptance rate for prospective students is now 34%. In 2003, Berkleemusic, the online branch of Berklee College of Music, was founded. [cite web | url=
title=College Board | accessdate=2007-04-02
] [cite web | url=
title=Berklee Today: The State of the College | accessdate=2006-12-20

Demographics and statistics

Berklee has a large percentage of undergraduate students from outside the U.S.—23 percent—representing more than 70 countries. [cite web | url= | title=Berklee About Berklee | accessdate=2006-11-28] Women compose 26.9 percent of the student body. Domestic minority enrollment is African-American, 6.8 percent; Latino, 6.5 percent; Asian-American, 3.3 percent. The five countries that supply the largest percentage of foreign students to Berklee are Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The school's current president, Roger H. Brown, was inaugurated in 2004.

Berklee offers three full time semesters per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. The Fall and Spring semesters are 16 weeks in length, whereas the Summer semester is compacted into 12 weeks.

There are 230 acoustic pianos and more than 1,000 guitar principals at Berklee. The average class size is 11. The holdings of the college's Stan Getz Media Center and Library include more than 20,000 recordings, 20,000 books, 17,000 musical scores, and 6,000 lead sheets.


* 17 buildings in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood
* 3 dormitories in the Back Bay and Fenway-Kenmore neighborhoods
* A practice and rehearsal building in Boston's Allston neighborhood
* 1 Internet radio station: The BIRN - Berklee Internet Radio Network. Four channels of music, special events, interviews, concerts, clinics, and alumni music.
* The Berklee Performance Center - Housed in the renovated, historic Fenway Theater, the Berklee Performance Center seats 1,200 in its main hall and facilitates over 130 student and faculty concerts each year. Its direct link with the college's recording studios and video taping facilities allows professional quality recording of events and concerts. In addition, there are approximately 75 outside professional shows, special seminars, and clinics featuring important members of the music community which are held at the Performance Center throughout the year. The Berklee Performance Center is located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, near the intersection with Boylston Street. Many notable musicians have gotten their start playing on this stage, such as John Mayer, who attended the college during the 90s and who still visits the BPC once every few years to play and hold discussions with aspiring musicians.


*Contemporary Writing & Production
*Film Scoring
* [ Jazz Composition]
* [ Music Business/Management]
*Music Education
* [ Music Production & Engineering]
* [ Music Synthesis]
*Music Therapy
*Professional Music


Since Berklee is a music school, athletics are not a focus of campus life. If students want to play sports, they can sign up for NCAA Division III athletics at Emerson College due to Berklee's membership in the Professional Arts Consortium. Students are also offered discounted or no-cost memberships at some nearby fitness centers, like the Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi institute and the Tennis and Racquet club, as part of Berklee's LiveWell program.

In February 2006, several students got together and organized the Berklee Ice Cats, an ice hockey team named after former Massachusetts team, the Worcester Ice Cats, that is Berklee's first official athletic institution. The Ice Cats first competed in the New England Senior Hockey League in the 2006–2007 season. It will begin its first official intercollegiate season in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) in 2007-2008. The team practices in Cambridge. Berklee's debut into the world of intercollegiate sports was on September 16, 2006, against Emerson College for the inaugural Boylston Cup, emerging victorious.

In 2007, the Ice Cats signed on former Boston Bruin and two-time All-Star John McKenzie as head coach. [cite web | url=
title=Berklee News: March 2007| accessdate=2008-01-30


Many alumni of the college are notable figures in the music industry. Some notable artists that have studied at Berklee include producer Quincy Jones, pianists Bruce Hornsby, Keith Jarrett, and Diana Krall, guitarists John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Rivers Cuomo, Kevin Eubanks, Shane Gibson (musician) and John Mayer, bassist and keyboardist Matt Wachter, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy (both of whom, along with John Petrucci, are part of the progressive metal band Dream Theater), songwriters Aimee Mann, Paula Cole, Gavin DeGraw, Tracy Bonham, and Melissa Etheridge, film scorers Alan Silvestri and Howard Shore, jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, New York composer-arranger and producer Rob Mounsey, Danish producer and jazz drummer Thomas Blachman and electronic music/film composer "BT" (Brian Transeau). Two members of the hard rock band Aerosmith, guitarist Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer, are also Berklee alumni. Trey Parker, the co-creator of the animated series South Park, attended Berklee with an interest in film scoring, but transferred to University of Colorado to complete his degree. Guitarist, producer and graphic artist Hal Lester, Berklee alum, attended with an interest in performance, then created many magazine & cd covers around the world. Juan Luis Guerra, famous merengue/bachata singer from the Dominican Republic is also an alum. He is arguably one of the most famous and most popular merengue singers in the world. Argentinian bass player and solo artist Pedro Aznar, Wang Lee Hom, a very successful Asian singer, attended a semester at Berklee in the Professional Music program to further his studies. Eru, K-pop singer. Ted Lo, one of Hong Kong's top jazz pianist and successful record producer, arranger and composer graduated in 1976. Ted also gave Berklee Associate Professor Toru “Tiger” Okoshi his nickname [ [ Tiger Okoshi at All About Jazz] ] . Other alumni include Joe Guese, Ben Romans, Ethan Mentzer, Joey Zehr, and Kyle Patrick, all of The Click Five, alongside Meekal Hassan, founder and lead guitarist of the somewhat revolutionary Pakistani band Meekal Hassan Band. Acclaimed hip hop/pop music producer, JR Rotem earned a degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee, and Konami (BEMANI) Famous composer Sota Fujimori

Some people in the music industry have been awarded honorary doctorates from Berklee including Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame, the Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, songwriter Melissa Etheridge, singer Chaka Khan, The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, and the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Robert Moog. Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs was awarded an honorary doctorate on March 18, 2008, during a performance at the Grand Ole Opry [ [ Ricky Skaggs to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Berklee on Grand Ole Opry Stage ] ] .


External links

* [ Berklee College of Music official site]

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