Interview Guidelines

Your 15-minute interview with an admissions representative will discuss your goals and aspirations, and what you will bring to Berklee. The board of admissions encourages applicants to share their creative work.

There are four primary areas of discussion in your interview:

  1. Are you prepared to begin studying at Berklee? In addition to your musical preparation for the rigors of our curriculum, consideration will be given to your understanding of Berklee's history and mission, and your affiliation with Berklee's open and inclusive approach to music, including the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music-making, and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity.
  2. What are your professional/career goals? Why have you chosen music as the primary focus of your college education? What outcomes do you expect as a result of your attending Berklee? What career or advanced study options might be available to you after completion of your studies at Berklee?
  3. Why do you want to study at Berklee? In researching your options for pursuing an education in music, what aspects of the Berklee model are most appealing to you? 
  4. What will you bring to Berklee? In selecting our entering class, the board of admissions must identify how each admitted student will contribute to the quality of our community. How will you contribute to the Berklee network and improve the quality of the experience for all? Come prepared to highlight your strengths and share your creative aspirations.

To help you prepare for an in-depth discussion, please consider the following questions in preparation for your interview:

  • What is your practice routine?
  • What are the qualities of a successful musician?
  • What are your musical strengths?
  • What is your favorite part of being a musician?
  • Why go to Berklee?
  • What career opportunities would you like to take advantage of in the music industry?
  • What benefits do music theory and instrumental training have in your chosen field of interest?
  • What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
  • What has been your most significant achievement so far? What motivates you?
  • One of the biggest challenges for entering students is time management. How do you currently balance school, music, and other activities?
  • What has been the biggest challenge in your musical learning and growth? How have you overcome it?
  • What would you like a press release to say about you as a person and as a musician?
  • In what ways do you feel your talents will enhance the quality of life and music in the Berklee community?
  • How have your life experiences influenced your musical development?

Instead of bringing supplemental material to your interview, please provide a link to YouTube, MySpace, or a personal website when you submit your application.