Koyo School of Music and Dance—Japan

This program enables students to begin their music education at Koyo School of Music and Dance of the Jikei Group of Colleges (Koyo) in Kobe, Japan, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at Koyo.

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

Entrance Requirements

Koyo 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 Koyo 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: Koyo transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Koyo 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: six credits

Required Courses

Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 27)

Koyo Courses Berklee Courses
Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
Ear Training 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training 2 ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Ear Training 3 ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Ear Training 4 ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Traditional Harmony and Composition 1 CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
Traditional Harmony and Composition 2 CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
Counterpoint CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 17)

Koyo Courses Berklee Courses
Introduction to Computer Music MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
Classical Music Analysis MLAN-311 Style Analysis of Classical and Romantic Music (2 credits)
English as a Second Language 2 and 3 LHUM-2xx Liberal Arts Elective (3 credits)
Ethnic Music 1 PSW-346 African Diaspora: South American Music (2 credits)
Ethnic Music 2 MLAN-346 Music and Culture of India, the Far East, and Eastern Europe (2 credits)
History of Pop/Rock Music MHIS-322 History of Rock Music (2 credits)
History of Jazz LHAN-221 History of Jazz (2 credits)
Western Music History 1 and 2 MHIS-2xx History of Music in the Western European Tradition (2 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 9)

Introduction to Songwriting SW-111 Essentials of Songwriting (1 credit)
Jazz Improvisation PSIJ-211 Jazz Improvisational Techniques (2 credits)
Arranging 2 AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
Lydian Chromatic Concept AR-340 Jazz Arranging for Small Ensembles (2 credits)
Survey of Harmony in Rock Music HR-231 Harmonic Analysis of Rock Music (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 59 credits