We are thrilled that you chose to join our talented and diverse community, and we are excited to support you throughout your student’s first year and beyond.
What Do We Mean by "Family"?
The Office of New Student and Family Programs uses the word "family" intentionally to include parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians, spouses, significant others, partners, foster parents, and chosen family because we strive to honor all types of families. Our office serves the families of our students by offering resources that connect you with the institution and address your needs as family members of the Berklee community.
Upcoming Family Check-In Meeting and Article Discussion
Each month, we will offer a family meeting to check in before discussing an article chosen by the New Student and Family Programs team. All articles will be shared one week prior to the meeting via the monthly family newsletter.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m. EST. In lieu of the recent Spring Back to Berklee announcement, we will forgo the article discussion this month and instead offer an overview of the Back to Berklee website and FAQs. Register for the meeting and regional connections here.
Upcoming Beverages and Bites Regional Connections
Join us virtually for regional Beverages and Bites, an informal opportunity for families to meet others in their region and share their experiences. Feel free to bring coffee and bagels, or wine and cheese as we meet monthly over Zoom. The next Beverages and Bites are scheduled below, and the Zoom links will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Register for the regional connections and monthly family meeting here.
- Northeast Region: Tuesday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m. EST* (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)
- Midwest Region: Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. EST* (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
- South Region: Monday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. EST* (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)
- West Region: Wednesday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m. EST (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)
- International Families: Friday, November 20 at 8:00 a.m. EST
*Please adjust to your time zone as needed.
Month of Gratitude
November is our Month of Gratitude for family members. Register for specific events, and click the drop-down menu below for details on all programs and events.
Families will be entered into a raffle for attending these events. At the end of the month, we will randomly draw one family to join Berklee President Roger Brown and his wife, Linda Mason, for a one-on-one coffee hour. The more events you attend and participate in, the more entries will be entered into the raffle. Each event you attend will count as one entry, and each #BerkleeGivesThanks submission and Facebook interaction (a like or comment) will count for three entries to the raffle.
Visting Artist Series: Pinar Toprak '00: Join one of the upcoming Visting Artist Series events, open to Berklee families courtesy of Career Services. Read Toprak's biography here. All registrants will be emailed the access code to attend.
'My First Berklee Project' Watch Party: During orientation week, new Berklee students were put into groups to create an artistic project together. Join us for the final watch party, open to students and families, to view their final videos. All registrants will be emailed the link to watch.
Career Services Presents Career Strategies and Resources for Your Student During a Time of Uncertainty: Though this is a challenging time, there are strategies your student can employ and resources they can utilize to take a proactive and productive approach to career planning. Join Andy Chau, associate director of career services, and Dustin Gee, director of employer engagement and career programs, from the Berklee Career Center to learn more about the state of the industry, employer interest in hiring Berklee talent, the growing popularity of remote internships, and the remote/virtual resources available to support students in career exploration and making strong industry connections. All registrants will be emailed the zoom link.
Learn more about the Career Center at here.
Family Talent Show/Open Mic: We know many of our family members are artistically talented and even Berklee alumni. Join us on Zoom for an evening of showing off your talents with your student. Sign up if you're interested in either attending or performing.
Zoom Family Photos: Bring your family and sign up for a time slot to take a photo on Zoom with our mascot, Mingus. Interested attendees will sign up for a 15-minute block between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST.
A Capella Showcase: Join us for an evening of a cappella performances hosted by Upper Structure and featuring performances by On the Vox, the Charlie Chords, Treble Threat, Pitch Slapped, and the Bean Tones.The show will be livestreamed on Vimeo here.
- Virtual Performances: Watch previous and upcoming performances on your own at Vimeo.
- #BerkleeGivesThanks: Families are encouraged to send videos/photos and a note of what they are thankful for to email@example.com. They will be highlighted on our social media pages for students to view.
- Engage with us on Berklee Parents and Families Facebook page. Throughout the month, we'll be sharing articles and polls.
Each month, we will spotlight a new Berklee family. This month, meet the Sierakowski family from Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Favorite family artists: Vulfpeck, Dave Matthews Band, Rush, U2, and Post Malone
Currently watching: Every episode of The Office and Parks and Recreation multiple times
How the family is supporting their student: While they were all disappointed that Berklee was remote this fall, the Sierakowskis have made the most of the extra time with their student, Ryan, while also giving him the freedom to live independently more as a roommate. While his study space and music studio in the basement are good for now, Ryan is looking forward to attending Berklee in person, where he can meet and jam with his classmates live.
Fall 2020 Family Orientation Videos
If you missed Family Orientation or would like to rewatch a session, visit our Fall 2020 Orientation Presentations page, where you can view all the recorded presentations and remarks, including convocation.