Philippos Nakas Conservatory—Greece

This program enables students to begin their music education at Philippos Nakas Conservatory (Nakas) in Athens, Greece, and complete an undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston. Once accepted to Berklee, students may receive transfer credit for certain courses taken at Nakas.

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

Entrance Requirements

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

Philippos Nakas Conservatory 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 1 CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
Traditional Harmony 2 CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
The Art of Counterpoint I CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
The Art of Counterpoint II CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)
Conducting I COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)
Conducting II COND-212 Conducting 2 (1 credit)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 10)

PHILIPPOS NAKAS CONSERVATORY COURSEs Berklee Courses
Introduction to Music Technology I MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
Art History I LVIS-231The Ancient and Medieval Worlds (3 credits)
Art History II LVIS-232 The Renaissance to the Present (3 credits)
History of Western Music MHIS-2xx History of Music in the Western European Tradition (2 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 18)

PHILIPPOS NAKAS CONSERVATORY COURSEs BERKLEE COURSEs
Arranging 2 AR-112 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Arranging III AR-201 Chord Scale Voicings for Arrangers (2 credits)
Basic Keyboard I ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard 1 (1 credit)
Basic Keyboard II ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard 2 (1 credit)
Classical Analysis I MLAN-311 Analysis of Classical and Romantic Music (2 credits)
Classical Analysis II MLAN-312 Analysis of 20th and 21st Century Music (2 credits)
History of Jazz MLAN-2xx Music Analysis Elective (2 credits)
History of Rock Music MLAN-335 Analysis of Progressive Rock Music (2 credits)
Jazz Analysis I MLAN-352 The Music of Duke Ellington (2 credits)
Jazz Analysis II MLAN-2xx Music Analysis Elective (2 credits)

Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 65 credits