Berklee College of Music Students
Your Options for the Spring Semester
There are two options for the spring: an on-campus hybrid in Boston and a fully remote option.
Boston on-campus hybrid: The hybrid on-campus model will offer a safe, flexible learning environment that includes a combination of in-person and remote instruction, small ensembles, and modified access to facilities such as studios and performance spaces. Even if all of your courses are remote, you can still get access to Berklee facilities and on-campus cocurricular and extracurricular activities by paying the comprehensive fee ($650).
Entirely remote: If you are taking only remote courses and do not need access to campus facilities or on-campus activities, the comprehensive fee will be waived. You will still be able to participate in virtual cocurricular and extracurricular activities, such as visiting artist events, career-related programs, and more.
Once you have decided how you would like to study in the spring, please go to my.berklee.edu and complete the "My Spring 2021 Plans" form.
The Spring Experience
Many students choose to come to Berklee to join a community of artists as passionate about music as they are. This community forms the basis of a network of professionals across the music industry and far beyond, and provides a space for you to learn from renowned faculty and establish lifelong musical collaborations that extend well past your time at Berklee.
To this end, we are prioritizing in-person private instruction and ensembles, so that you have these vital connection points with faculty and peers, as far as permitted by local, state, federal, and college guidelines. Over 200 ensembles will take place in person, across dozens of musical styles, in four- to six-person groups. Additionally, we have a solid plan to offer safe performance experiences for vocalists in alignment with CDC guidelines. We will also offer at least 75 virtual ensembles that teach remote production and collaboration techniques in practice today in much of the commercial music industry.
Outside of class time, we are prioritizing space for you to practice and have your own performance opportunities. While audiences for live performance may prove challenging, we will leverage streaming technology as much as possible so that your music can be experienced by others.
In order to accommodate these experiences and ensure safety, the majority of other course work will be conducted online. Exceptions will be made in key courses that have strong experiential components vital to the major of which they are a part and are required for graduation.
We also recognize that though course work may be done online, there is vital learning that takes place through experiential opportunities in production suites, labs, and studios overseen by expert staff. We will be prioritizing access to these spaces throughout the semester.
Private instruction in bass, brass, guitar, percussion, piano, string, and woodwinds will be in person as much as is possible. Some exceptions are likely to be made due to safety considerations. Voice principals in the spring 2021 entering class and, to the extent possible, voice performance majors in semesters six, seven, and eight will also have private instruction in person. Private instruction for all other voice principals will take place online. Student feedback from the spring and fall semesters revealed that online lessons in voice were highly successful.
For entering students, ensemble auditions, the Entering Student Proficiency Assessment (for harmony and arranging class placement) and the ear training class placement will all be conducted online.
Ensemble placement for entering students will be based on the audition that occurs before the spring semester begins. Ensemble placement for continuing students is most often based on auditions that were conducted in the previous semester. However, there are many aspects about the process that are still being developed and more information will be communicated once the process is finalized.
The college’s Music Therapy Department is creating clinical experiences for students to complete practicum requirements remotely via telehealth and/or in person, per site availability and guidelines. Music education student teachers will be placed in, and work in accordance with, Massachusetts public school operations. Practicum classes will continue uninterrupted.
If you are enrolled in the hybrid option, your access to campus facilities is as follows:
Music production and engineering majors in courses that are necessary to be offered on campus in order to keep students on track to graduation and cannot be delivered remotely will have priority access to recording studios and technology labs.
Electronic production and design majors in courses that are necessary to be offered on campus in order to keep students on track to graduation and cannot be delivered remotely will have priority access to production suites and technology labs.
Contemporary writing and production majors will have access to campus for project bands, production suites, and technology labs.
Composition and jazz composition majors will have access to campus for project bands.
Songwriting majors will have access to campus for project bands and technology labs.
All students enrolled in the hybrid option will have access to campus facilities, including practice rooms and rehearsal/ensemble rooms.
Students enrolled in the hybrid option will have access to the instruments on campus in practice rooms and rehearsal/ensemble rooms in the same manner as prior to the closure of campus due to the pandemic last March.
The start of the spring 2021 semester will be delayed by one week, beginning January 25, 2021. In an effort to minimize travel during the semester, we will not hold our traditional spring break week, but the semester will end at its originally scheduled date, on May 7, 2021. View the Berklee College of Music 2020–2021 academic calendar.
Learn more about New Student Orientation and move-in dates on the Boston Campus page.
Spring registration for continuing and returning students at the college begins on November 23. Learn more about spring registration, including how to clear your restrictions, how to see how a course will be delivered, and how to get support during registration.
Tuition, Fees, and Housing Costs
As announced in the fall, we are honoring a tuition freeze for the duration of this academic year. Tuition, room and board, and the comprehensive fee will remain frozen at the 2019–2020 rates. We will also add funding to the appeals budget for students whose families are experiencing financial difficulties. For college students who choose to study purely remotely, and who will not have access to campus facilities, we will waive the comprehensive fee of $650. There will not be a Back to Berklee Remote Learning Grant offered for the spring 2021 semester.
We have made the difficult decision to not offer the spring 2021 Study Abroad program. The decision was made with student health and safety as our first priority. Furthermore, an essential part of the Study Abroad program is to experience the rich musical, cultural, and historical traditions of Valencia and Spain through cocurricular activities, such as the Granada trip, Madrid’s Industry Day, and other opportunities to meaningfully engage with the community, which we would not be able to offer this spring due to the pandemic. At this time we plan to offer the program again next fall, and you can apply now.
If you paid the $500 Study Abroad deposit, it will remain on your account and apply toward your spring bill. If you are interested in studying abroad in the future, you may defer your application to a future semester, such as fall 2021 or spring 2022. Email email@example.com if you wish to do so. There’s no need to confirm your participation in a future semester at this time.
- To enroll: Complete your enrollment next steps and indicate your intention on the My Spring 2021 Plan form. Should you need to change your selection at a later time, you may do so by resubmitting the same form.
- To defer: Indicate your intention on the My Spring 2021 Plan form and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To enroll: Complete the My Spring 2021 Plan form to indicate whether you would like to enroll in the Boston on-campus hybrid model or study remotely, and then register for courses beginning in late November. Should you need to change your selection at a later time, you may do so by resubmitting the same form.
- To take the semester off: Complete the My Spring 2021 Plan form and do not register for courses.
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