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.

Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade of B or higher (3.00–4.00) in each level 1 (core music) course, and a grade of C or higher (2.00–4.00) in each level 2 (other liberal arts and general electives) course designated for transfer in this agreement (see "Required Courses" below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee.  

To earn credit for any course in level 1 for which students receive a grade below B, students will be required upon entering Berklee to (1) take the entering student proficiency assessment (ESPA) for harmony and ear training courses; (2) earn credit by exam (CBX) for music technology, tonal harmony, and counterpoint courses; or (3) enroll in the course at Berklee. For any course in level 2 for which students receive a grade below C, credit will not be granted. 

Residency Requirements
Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement: All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete at least four semesters of attendance and a minimum of 60 credits for the Bachelor of Music degree (or 48 credits for the professional diploma) in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

See more information about core music courses at Berklee. 

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 use six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may use up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit. Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement (see above). This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

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: rincipal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at SJA are nontransferable. Berklee’s policy states that all students, including transfer students, must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee, regardless of their level of proficiency. All transfer students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival at Berklee to ensure appropriate placement in principal instrument courses.

We encourage you to review the Berklee Global Academic Partner Berklee Track Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information about the credit transfer process.

Required Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses (33 Potential Transfer Credits)

Students must complete all of the required core music courses listed in block 1 below to be eligible for transfer credits. Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask for details.

block 1 (14 credits)   
SJA MUSIC INSTITUTE COURSES Berklee College of Music Course Equivalents
Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Ear Training 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training 2 ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Introduction to Music Technology MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
BLOCK 2 (19 Potential additional credits) 
SJA MUSIC INSTITUTE COURSES BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC COURSE EQUIVALENTS
Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (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)
* Berklee core music courses required by some Berklee degree programs  

Level 2: Other Liberal Arts and General Elective Courses (12 Potential Transfer Credits)

SJA MUSIC INSTITUTE Courses Berklee College of Music Course Equivalents
English as a Second Language 1 and 2 LENG-2xx (3 credits)
English as a Second Language 3 and 4 LENG-2xx (3 credits)
History of Music 1 and 2 (both must be completed) MHIS-201 History of Music in the European Tradition (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)

Potential Transfer Credit Summary
Level 1 courses: 33 credits
Level 2 courses: 12 credits
Ensemble courses: 6 credits
Total: 51 credits