SJA Music Institute—South Korea

SJA logoSJA Music Institute (SJA) is South Korea’s leading institute of contemporary music. Founded in 1995, it has been an academic partner in Berklee Global Partners since 1998. The institute holds various distinctions, including being the first applied music institution in Korea, the home institution of the first and youngest Asian-born student to receive a full Presidential Scholarship from Berklee College of Music, and the home institution of 8,000 graduates. Berklee faculty members and admissions representatives travel to South Korea on a regular basis to conduct auditions and interviews at SJA. Hundreds of candidates for Berklee have auditioned at SJA over the decades, and many SJA graduates are also Berklee alumni. 
SJA's vision is to create a place for contemporary musicians to study their craft with dignity and to holistically introduce all the possibilities of the music profession so that students may export music to the world. In addition to its quality education, renowned instructors, and fully furnished facilities, SJA has made an unrelenting effort to establish a broad network of well-connected graduates.

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

Entrance Requirements

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

SJA MUSIC INSTITUTE 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)
Traditional Counterpoint 1 CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
Traditional Counterpoint 2 CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)
Conducting 1 COND-211 Conducting 1 (1 credit)
Conducting 2 COND-212 Conducting 2 (1 credit)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 10)

SJA MUSIC INSTITUTE Courses Berklee Courses
Introduction to Music Technology MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
English as a Second Language 1-2 LENG-2xx (3 credits)
English as a Second Language 3-4 LENG-2xx (3 credits)
History of Music 1 and 2 (both must be completed) MHIS-2xx History of Music in the Western Tradition (2 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 6)

Arranging 2 AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
Improvisation Techniques 1 and 2 PSIJ-221 Jazz Improv Techniques 1 (2 credits)
Improvisation Techniques 3 and 4 PSIJ-321 Jazz Improv Techniques 2 (2 credits)
Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 53 credits