Senzoku Gakuen College of Music—Japan

This program enables students to begin their music education at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (Senzoku) in Kanagawa, Japan, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at Senzoku.

Visit the Senzoku website to learn more about the credit transfer pathway to Berklee.

Entrance Requirements

Senzoku students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at Senzoku in accordance with an agreement between the two schools. 

Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses, and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.

See more information about the Berklee core music courses.

Liberal Arts and General Electives 

Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: Senzoku transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Senzoku will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.

Potential transfer credits in ensembles: 6 credits

Required Courses

Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 34)

Senzoku Courses Berklee Courses
7581 Jazz Harmony I-1 (7581 Jazz Harmony 1)*
PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
5947 Instrumentation and Notation for Horns and Rhythms (5947 Voicing and Orchestration 1)* AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
7587 Basic Arranging (7587 Voicing and Orchestration 2)**
AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)**
7582 Jazz Harmony I-2 (7582 Jazz Harmony 2)*
HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
7583 Jazz Harmony II-1 (7583 Jazz Harmony 3)*
HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
7584 Jazz Harmony II-2 (7584 Jazz Harmony 4)*
HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
2065 Jazz Solfege I-1 (0711 Solfege I)*
ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
2066 Jazz Solfege I-2 (0712 Solfege II)*
ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
2067 Jazz Solfege II-1 (0713 Solfege III)*
ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
2068 Jazz Solfege II-2 (0714 Solfege IV)*
ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
7742 Theory of Art on Acoustic Engineering
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
0811 Traditional Harmony 1
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
0812 Traditional Harmony 2
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
0846 Traditional Counterpoint CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
0847 Study of Polyphony (0849 Counterpoint)*
CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)**
0900 Conducting an Orchestra I 
COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)**

Liberal Arts and General Elective Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 39)

SENZOKU courses Berklee Courses
0851 Music History of Ancient Times, Medieval Times, and Renaissance AND 0852 Music History of Baroque
LHIS-2xx History of Music in the Western Tradition (2 credits)
7738 Western Cultural History
LHIS-223 History Topics (3 credits)
7700 Art History I (7753 Art History I AND 7754 Art History II)*
LVIS-223 Art History Topics (3 credits)
9023 Introduction to Biology
LMSC-2xx Natural Science elective (3 credits)
7701 Acoustics I (7755 Acoustics I AND 7756 Acoustics II)*
LMSC-208 Music Acoustics (3 credits)
7706 Social Welfare Theory
LSOC-355 City Life: Local and Global Perspectives (3 credits)
9013 Psychology
LSOC-211 General Psychology (3 credits)
0344 Developmental Psychology (7761 Psychology I AND 7762 Psychology II)*
LSOC-411 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
7710 English 1-I
LENG-2xx English elective (3 credits)
7711 English 1-II
LENG-2xx English elective (3 credits)
7712 English 2-1
LENG-2xx English elective (3 credits)
7713 English 2-II
LENG-2xx English elective (3 credits)

General Electives 

0853 Music History of Classic School and 0854 Music History of Romantic School, Modern, and Contemporary
MLAN-312 Analysis of 20th- and 21st-Century Music (2 credits)
0639 Ethnomusicology 
PSW-346 African Diaspora: South American Music (2 credits)

* Courses in parentheses are new course titles/numbers starting in fall 2020.

** These courses are not required for all majors.

Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 79 credits