Escuela de Música Contemporánea (EMC)—Argentina

Escuela de Música Contemporánea (EMC) was founded in 1997 in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. Combining theory with practical experience, the EMC’s main purpose is to prepare students for careers in contemporary music in such a way that they will make a significant contribution to society and the musical scene in the region.

Diploma Programs

  • Professional music    
  • Composition and arranging
  • Performance
  • Music production


Entrance Requirements

EMC 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 EMC in accordance with an agreement between the two schools. 

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.

See more information about the Berklee core music courses.

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: EMC transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at EMC 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: six credits

Required Courses

Core Music Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 29)

EMC Courses Berklee Courses
NTM I Music Theory and Notation I and NTM II Music Theory and Notation II PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
ARR I Arranging I AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
APC I Harmony I HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
APC II Harmony II HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
APC III Harmony III HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
INA I Introduction to Ear Training I and INA II Introduction to Ear Training II ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
EAP I Ear Training I ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
EAP II Ear Training II ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
EAP III Ear Training III ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
ART I Traditional Harmony and Composition I CM-211 Traditional Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
ART II Traditional Harmony and Composition II CM-212 Traditional Harmony and Composition 2 (2 credits)
CTO I Traditional Counterpoint I CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint (3 credits)
CTO II Traditional Counterpoint II CP-215 Art of Counterpoint 2 (2 credits)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 6)


EMC Course TITLE Berklee Course
TAM Technology Applied to Music with PME Electronic Music Production and PRT Pro Tools MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
Jazz History MLAN-xxx Music Literature, History, and Analysis Electives (2 credits)
EMO Evolution of Western Music MLAN-xxx Music Literature, History, and Analysis Electives (2 credits)


General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 12)

EMC Course Berklee Course
ARR II Arranging II AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
ARR III Arranging III AR-201 Chord Scale Voicings for Arranging (2 credits)
APC IV Harmony IV HR-325 Reharmonization Techniques (2 credits)
LPNC 1 Secondary Piano Lab 1 ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques I (1 credit)
LPNC 2 Secondary Piano Lab 2 ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques II (1 credit)
AMF Folkloric and Latin American Music Arranging CW-217 Writing in Folkloric Latin Styles (2 credits)
RIM Improvisation Resources PSHR-321 Harmonic Considerations in Improvisation 1 (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 53 credits