IMEP Paris College of Music—France

IMEP Paris College of Music is a private school for jazz and contemporary music located in the heart of Paris. Founded by several highly experienced musicians and music educators, the school provides a diploma-awarding Professional Music Program, an Open Program (evening/weekend classes), and a Junior Program for young musicians.

Concert at the Paris College of Music

Entrance Requirements

IMEP students who wish to transfer to Berklee are required to go through Berklee's official undergraduate admissions process. Students accepted to Berklee will receive transfer credit for courses taken at IMEP in accordance with an agreement between the two schools. This agreement allows students to transfer IMEP courses in one or two complete blocks, as listed in the required courses section below. 

See more information about the Berklee core music courses.

Generally, students must receive a grade of B (3.00/4.00) or higher on core music and performance courses, and a grade of C (2.00/4.00) or higher on all liberal arts or general elective courses. As part of the admissions process, transfer students will be asked to submit an official transcript showing all courses specified as completed with a satisfactory grade before transfer credit will be granted.

Liberal Arts and General Electives 

Students transferring to the Bachelor of Music degree program at Berklee College of Music must earn a minimum of 39 credits in liberal arts and may utilize six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may utilize up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit.

See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: IMEP transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at IMEP will not transfer directly. Students must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee. All transferring students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival and may receive advanced placement in principal instrument courses. Any credit resulting from advanced placement in the principal instrument will be awarded when all other requirements for graduation have been completed.

Potential transfer credits in ensembles: 6 credits 

Required Courses

Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits: 20)

IMEP Block One  
HAR100 Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
HAR200 Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
HAR300 Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
SOL100 Solfege/Ear Training 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
SOL200 Solfege/Ear Training 2 ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
ARR300 Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
MTC100 Music Technology  
MTC300 Music Technology
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
IMEP Block Two  
ARR400 Advanced Harmonic Concepts for Improvisation and Arranging HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
CCP500 Composition

CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)     

Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 26