|Students who got into BCM say:|
Essay (1) |
You'll get in just fine if you are passionate.
| Music Education|
| Dec 19 2012 |
The audition process is a prepared piece, a couple improvised pieces, some ear training, sight singing, sight-reading, and an essay and interview. I honestly wasn't expecting to get in when I heard some of the people auditioning around me.
| Music - Composition/Theory|
| Oct 14 2012 | I was accepted a scholarship to attend Berklee before I was formally admitted. This was in-part to entice me to want to go there. I will say I--as most 17 year olds DID NOT understand the financial repercussions of attending Berklee (which is my responsibility as an individual). I did not even have a formal interview or audition. This has changed.
To gain acceptance into the school you will need to pass a stressful audition. They will tell you what you must know. If you work hard and PRACTICE you shouldn't have a problem.
While you're in school, plan your future accordingly and work very hard. Life after Berklee will be tough and depressing if you're paying off loans and don't have steady work with good a good wage...which is common for musicians (and A LOT of other people in this economoy).
Learn a complex but meaningful song for your audition, learn to sight read (one very small part of the audition), be able to tell the difference (by ear) between major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords, learn some scales, modes, the circle of fifths, and other elementary concepts in music theory, be prepared to sing back melodies or arpeggios they play on a piano. The reason for the singing is you have to sight sing at least 2 days a week for 2 years in ear training, sometimes by yourself in front of the entire class at 9 in the morning when you are running on 2 hours of sleep and haven't had coffee and have a cold and have wet feet from the rain.