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Berklee College of Music is a private, non-profit, coeducational music school located in Boston, Massachusetts. Berklee is the largest contemporary music school in the world. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in African culture, Berklee’s curriculum emphasizes practical learning through performance and writing in a variety of styles including jazz, rock, hip-hop, bluegrass, flamenco, reggae and salsa.

In 1945, MIT graduate Laurence Berk founded Schillinger House, a school established to teach the contemporary music of the time, jazz. By 1949, the Schillinger House had more than 500 students. In 1954, the school expanded its curriculum to include more traditional music classes and music theory. The name of the school was changed to Berklee School of Music after Berk’s son Lee. In 1966, the school issued its first fully-accredited baccalaureate degrees. The school again changed its name, this time to the Berklee College of Music, in 1970.

Today, Berklee boasts an enrollment of over 4400 students. Undergraduates can earn baccalaureate degrees or professional diplomas in one or more of twelve majors including composition, film scoring, music business/management, music production and engineering, songwriting, and more. In addition, Berklee awards three Master of Music and one Master of Arts degrees. The school also offers summer and online courses. Berklee College of Music is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

As part of the admissions process, prospective students are required to complete a live audition and interview. This unique process may include, at the discretion of the audition team, a jam session with faculty. The school recognizes that not all applicants have advanced skills in some areas and, therefore, a holistic approach is taken to determine a musician’s overall abilities and potential to succeed at Berklee.

Berklee has always been a nonresidential school. However, beginning in the spring of 2014, the college will offer on-campus housing to all entering students at their new 16-story building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue.

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