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.
With its faculty members representing the U.S., Canada, France, Australia, and Switzerland, IMEP Paris College of Music provides all the benefits of a truly international music school while being conveniently located in the center of Paris. Our teachers (including Rick Margitza, Peter Giron, Manuel Rocheman, and Josiah Woodson) not only share their passion for music, but are also able to pass on their experience as internationally touring musicians.
IMEP provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, from Steinway and Yamaha pianos, Canopus drums, Mesa Boogie, AER, and Fender amplifiers to fully equipped music technology workstations. Between the decades of experience of our faculty and staff within the music scenes of Paris and other cities, and an ever-growing number of alumni creating careers for themselves throughout France and internationally, there is a true sense of community and collaboration that students and teachers are able to share.
Live performances and jam sessions in local Parisian clubs and concert halls are also part of the student experience at IMEP. Partnerships with local studios allow students to benefit from reduced rates for rehearsal spaces and master classes. Past IMEP master class artists have included Lionel Loueke, Clarence Penn, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Gilad Hekselman, Yaron Herman, and Kevin Mahogany.
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.
Students transferring to Berklee must earn a grade of B or higher (3.00–4.00) in each level 1 (core music) course, and a grade of C or higher (2.00–4.00) in each level 2 (other liberal arts and general electives) course designated for transfer in this agreement (see "Required Courses" below) in order to receive transfer credit from Berklee.
To earn credit for any course in level 1 for which students receive a grade below B, students will be required upon entering Berklee to (1) take the entering student proficiency assessment (ESPA) for harmony and ear training courses; (2) earn credit by exam (CBX) for music technology, tonal harmony, and counterpoint courses; or (3) enroll in the course at Berklee. For any course in level 2 for which students receive a grade below C, credit will not be granted.
Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement: All students, including candidates transferring from another school, are normally required to complete at least four semesters of attendance and a minimum of 60 credits for the Bachelor of Music degree (or 48 credits for the professional diploma) in order to graduate from the college. This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.
See more information about core music courses at Berklee.
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 use six additional liberal arts credits (two courses) as general elective credit. Students in the professional diploma program at Berklee may use up to 12 liberal arts credits (four courses) as general elective credit. Students attending Berklee’s on-campus programs under this agreement must fulfill Berklee’s residency requirement (see above). This requirement will be applied regardless of the number of credits transferred.
See more information about liberal arts courses at Berklee.
Ensembles: IMEP transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles.
Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at IMEP are nontransferable. Berklee’s policy states that all students, including transfer students, must participate in and pass a minimum of four semesters of principal instrument instruction at Berklee, regardless of their level of proficiency. All transfer students are required to take a Berklee instrumental/vocal proficiency placement examination upon arrival at Berklee to ensure appropriate placement in principal instrument courses.
We encourage you to review the Berklee Global Academic Partner Berklee Track Guidebook, which provides comprehensive information about the credit transfer process.