Audition and Interview
Berklee's unique audition and interview experience is an integral part of how we select our entering class. We design it to help you show your strengths and to help us assess your talent and potential to succeed in our dynamic environment. It's a required part of the admissions review and allows us to consider you for scholarships.
- Although there is a general format for the audition and interview, each experience is unique—just like you.
- We strongly encourage you to visit Berklee's campus in Boston to participate in the audition and interview, tour our facilities, and meet with faculty, students, and staff.
We recognize that it is common for applicants to have imbalances in their playing abilities, and we realize that applicants may not have advanced skills in improvisation, reading, or ear training. In fact, this is exactly why you might apply to attend Berklee: to develop your skills in these and other areas. Because we take a holistic approach in our evaluation process, each component of the audition helps the audition team assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success at the college level.
The audition will be approximately 15 minutes long and may consist of the following parts:
- A prepared piece of your choice
- An improvisation over a harmonic vamp, simple-form blues, or standard tune
- A reading selection
- Melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ear training exercises
At the discretion of each audition team, a jam with the faculty and/or technical exercises might be part of your audition.
Refer to the audition guidelines for details about each component of the audition.
Quite often, when people think about the application process at Berklee, they think about the audition as the most important factor in the admissions decision, but the interview is an equally important and critical factor in board of admissions deliberations.
Your interview provides an important opportunity for you to:
- express your goals and aspirations,
- identify why Berklee is a good fit to meet those goals,
- share your individual story about what drove you to music and what motivates you, and
- discuss your challenges and strengths, and your potential future contributions to Berklee's dynamic, culturally rich environment.
Refer to the interview guidelines to prepare for your interview.