EMMAT is a contemporary music school that was founded in Bogotá, Colombia, in 2007 by several Berklee graduates. Its diploma in contemporary music (four semesters) is fully articulated with Berklee. The school also offers a diploma in sound and music production, among other programs, in its new seven-story building.
EMMAT is becoming a great option for local and international students interested in contemporary music, music production, and contemporary composition because of its outstanding teachers, who are active members of the music industry. EMMAT has recently moved into a new seven-story building that was specially designed for teaching our programs. EMMAT has a credit transfer agreement with Berklee and several other Berklee Global partners, and with other local and international institutions.
EMMAT alumni have demonstrated their talent and preparation at events like the Latin Grammys, with recent nominations; the Berklee auditions in Colombia, obtaining scholarships every year; and national and international tours with Colombian bands. Those who are currently abroad by means of our articulation agreements have reported successful experiences. Another highlight of our school is a friendly environment that fosters collaboration among students of different programs and semesters, often with the support and participation of our teachers. This is why new projects are born every semester and are showcased in our concerts, high school tours, and in a weekly radio program. Students also benefit from our extracurricular agenda of workshops, master classes, concerts, and networking events
EMMAT 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 EMMAT 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: EMMAT transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles.
Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at EMMAT 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.