Rimon School of Music—Israel

This program enables students to begin their music education at Rimon School of Music (Rimon) in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at Rimon.

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

Entrance Requirements

Rimon 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 Rimon 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 Elective​s 

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: Rimon transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 

  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Rimon 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 = 31)

Rimon Courses Berklee Courses
Harmony in the Idiom of Jazz and Popular Music 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits) and HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Arranging for the Rhythm Section AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Harmony in the Idiom of Jazz and Popular Music 2 HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits) and HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
Ear Training 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Ear Training 2 ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits)
ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits)
Traditional Harmony 1 CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
Traditional Harmony 2 CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
Counterpoint 1 CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
Counterpoint 2 CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)
Conducting COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)
COND-212 Conducting 2 (1 credit)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 24)

Rimon Course Titles Berklee Courses
MIDI Recording in the Home Studio MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
History of Western Music MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (2 credits)
History of Jazz MHIS-319 History of Jazz (2 credits)
10640 Understanding Movies: Introduction to the Art of Cinema LHUM-251 The Language of Film (3 credits)
10154 Experiencing Theater: Introduction to Drama and the Theater LENG-325 Theater Workshop (3 credits)
10489 Art History: An Introduction
LVIS-231 The Ancient and Medieval Worlds (3 credits)
10124 Art in the Technological Era LVIS-223 Art History Topics (3 credits)
0659 Sociology of Culture LSOC-210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
10496 Philosophical Aesthetics: An Introduction LPHL-383 Aesthetics (3 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 41)

Arranging Techniques AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits) and AR-201 Chord Scale Voicings for Arrangers (2 credits) or SW-231 Arranging for Songwriters (2 credits)
Advanced Symphonic Orchestration CM-441 Scoring for Full Orchestra (2 credits)
Arranging for Songwriters SW-231 Arranging for Songwriters (2 credits)
Audio Recording in the Home Studio CW-191 Sequencing and Production Techniques (2 credits)
Bass Lines PSBS-341 Jazz Masters of the Bass (2 credits)
Contemporary Techniques in Composition I CM-311 Contemporary Techniques in Composition I (2 credits)
DAW for the Songwriter SW-161 DAW for the Songwriter (2 credits)
Ear Training 3 ET-412 Advanced Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Improvisation for Melodic and Harmonic Instruments PSIJ-321 Jazz Improvisation Techniques 2 (2 credits)
Improvisation in the Bebop Idiom PSIJ-322 Jazz Improvisation Techniques 3 (2 credits)
Orchestration CM-231 Instrumentation and Score Prep (2 credits) and CM-341 Scoring for Strings (2 credits)
Polyrhythm Workshop ILPD-235 Polyrhythms 1 (1 credit)
Rhythmic Ear Training 2 ET-341 Rhythmic Ear Training (2 credits)
20th Century Composition Styles MLAN-312 Analysis of 20th and 21st Century Music (2 credits) and MLAN-2xx Music Analysis elective (2 credits)
Secondary Keyboard (1st year) ISKB-211 and 212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1 and 2 (1, 1 credit)
Song Demo Production Techniques SW-361 Song Demo Production Techniques (2 credits)
Vocal Writing CW-216 Vocal Writing (2 credits)
Techniques of Tonal Writing CM-221 Techniques of Tonal Writing (2 credits)
Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 102 credits

(Note: despite number of credits transferred, all students need to complete 60 credits at Berklee.)