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. 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.
- 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.