Berklee College of Music

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Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. It has an enrollment of approximately 3,800 students and a faculty of approximately 430 (2004 figures). Berklee offers a fully accredited four-year baccalaureate degree or diploma. Degree program tuition is approximately $20,350 for the fall through spring academic year (2004-2005 figures).

Berklee has the largest percentage of undergraduate students from outside the U.S.—26 percent—representing more than 70 countries. Women comprise 24.6 percent of the student body. Domestic minority enrollment is African-American, 6.4 percent; Hispanic, 5.5 percent; Asian-American, 4.1 percent. The five countries that supply the largest percentage of foreign students to Berklee are Japan, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil. The school's current president Roger H. Brown was inaugurated in 2004.

Berklee offers three full time semesters per year. Fall, Spring, and an accelerated twelve week summer program. (Compared to the regular sixteen weeks for Fall and Spring.)

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 11,500 recordings, 20,000 books, 17,000 musical scores, and 6,000 lead sheets.

Berklee was founded by Lawrence Berk and was originally named Schillinger House of Music, after his teacher Joseph Schillinger. Berk changed the name to Berklee School of Music after his son Lee Berk in 1954, and after the school received its accreditation, the name was changed to Berklee College of Music in 1973.

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 popular music not available at other music schools.

Contrary to common misconceptions, applying to Berklee does not require any form of tryout or performance before a review board and maintains an open admissions policy. Study with a private instructor for at least one year prior to admission is required and references are preferred.


  • 13 buildings in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood
  • a practice & rehearsal building in Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood


Prominent alumni

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