Berklee College of Music has a unique historical place as an innovator in the teaching of contemporary music. Berklee’s curriculum, designed to prepare students for successful, sustainable careers in music, teaches musicianship through the study of contemporary music. Our curriculum is student-centered, provides for participatory and experiential learning, and encourages rational, experimental, and creative thought. While Berklee students are first and foremost musicians, our curriculum also acknowledges that music exists in a cultural and historical context that includes the other arts and sciences. We recognize that to be successful in a career in music one needs both a strong musical foundation and a broad knowledge of the human creative spirit in all of its manifestations.
The following is a list of big picture competencies that address skills and knowledge for all Berklee students regardless of major.
Within a Berklee education, students will:
- Demonstrate the ability to notate music
- Use technology to notate music
- Notate music by hand (music calligraphy)
- Create lead sheets, chord charts, and arrangements of both original music and music in the popular repertoire
- Listen to, analyze, and describe music
- Relate music to history and culture
- Develop professional skills needed to participate in the music industry
- Evaluate music and music performances representing a variety of musical styles
- Lead and collaborate with musicians in rehearsal and/or performance settings
- Employ technology as a learning and music making instrument
- Demonstrate information literacy using a variety of research tools
- Develop a breadth of intellectual knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences
- Think logically, critically, and creatively
- Communicate (musically, orally, and in writing)
- Make ethical choices
- Develop a global perspective for music and society
- Apply skills and knowledge in real world settings
For more information, including specific comptencies for each area of study, please see the competencies guide.