Audition and Interview
Applying to Berklee College of Music requires a live audition and interview. Berklee’s unique audition and interview process allows us to learn about you as a whole artist while assessing your current level of musicianship and potential to succeed in our dynamic community. It also allows us to consider you for merit-based scholarship awards. The audition and interview, combined with your transcripts and supporting application materials, gives us a picture of who you are and where you have potential to grow.
What to Expect
The full audition and interview process takes about one hour. Once it’s time for you to begin, we will guide you through the entire experience, which includes the following:
- A 15-minute warm-up
- A 15-minute audition
- A 15-minute interview
Each component of the audition helps us assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success at the college level. We recognize that it is common to have imbalances in playing abilities and that you may not have advanced skills in each aspect of the audition. Our goal is to see where your musicianship is right now and learn how you might further develop your skills.
Refer to the audition guidelines for details about the audition.
While your audition showcases your musical preparedness and potential, the interview is your chance to share your readiness for Berklee, including past musical experiences, aspirations for the future, and how you envision Berklee helping you reach your goals.
Refer to the interview guidelines to learn more about the interview, including sample questions.
Watch this video to learn more about the audition and interview directly from Berklee faculty and students. They’ll take you through each section and offer insight about how to prepare:
You must submit the application form before we can schedule your audition and interview. You will select two preferred audition and interview locations, which helps us determine where to schedule you. Sometimes sites fill up quickly, and you may be asked to travel to Boston or the nearest location instead. To learn where and when we’re traveling, explore our audition and interview event calendar.
We will send you an email invitation for your assigned audition and interview approximately one week after receiving your form. Once scheduled, your date, time, and venue information will be located in your Applicant Portal under the Next Steps tab. This is where you will confirm your scheduled audition and interview.
You must confirm your assigned audition and interview time immediately or your space will be given to another qualified applicant. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have confirmed your audition and interview assignment.
Audition and interview events take place across the world and online. While we hold audition and interview events year-round, certain events are tied to specific terms—so be sure to double check the deadlines related to your desired entry semester. While the majority of our audition and interview events take place at one of our many in-person locations across the world, we know that it may be difficult to travel. Therefore, we also offer auditions and interviews online if you live in an area we are not visiting or if you are located over 200 miles from an in-person venue. Offering online auditions and interviews helps us pursue our mission to reach as many talented musicians as possible from all corners of the world.
If you are interested in an online audition, you must meet all system and location requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, we will schedule you in Boston or the location nearest to you.
In the event that Berklee must change or reschedule the date and/or time of an audition and interview due to inclement weather, you will be notified as soon as possible.
If you wish to be rescheduled for an alternate date due to weather, please contact us at least 48 hours in advance at email@example.com or +1 617-747-2579.
You are automatically considered for Berklee's merit-based scholarships during your audition and interview. Your scholarship decision will be issued with the admissions decision. Learn more about entering student scholarships.
Berklee is committed to providing equal access to auditions and interviews. If you need accommodations or have a concern related to accessibility, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to share your creative work; however, instead of bringing supplemental material to your interview, please provide a link to your streaming account (YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify, etc.) or a personal website when you submit your application.
What happens at an audition and interview event in Boston?
If you come to our Boston campus to audition and interview, there will be opportunities for you to take a student-led campus tour, attend an info session, and see a live student performance.
What is different about the audition and interview events hosted outside of Boston?
If you choose an in-person location other than Boston, you will still have an opportunity to talk to an admissions representative or student ambassador about life at Berklee. If you complete your audition and interview online, you will virtually meet Berklee College of Music staff and faculty members, but you will not interact with any current students.
Can my family and friends come to the audition and interview event?
Family and friends may wait with you prior to being called, but they are not allowed to observe your warm-up, audition, or interview. If you have an accompanist or backing band, they may only join you for the warm-up and the prepared piece section of the audition.
If you have any questions regarding the audition and interview, please contact us at email@example.com or +1 617-747-2579.