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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.

Entrance Requirements

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. 

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: EMMAT transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 
  • Principal Instrument: Principal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at EMMAT 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 = 25)

EMMAT Courses Berklee Courses
Harmony 1 PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
Arranging 1 AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)
Harmony 2 HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
Harmony 3 HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
Harmony 4 HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
Ear Training 1 ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
Ear Training 2 ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
Ear Training 3 ET-211 Ear Training 3 (2 credits) or ET-231 Solfege 1 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Ear Training 4 ET-212 Ear Training 4 (2 credits) or ET-232 Solfege 2 (2 credits), depending on Berklee major requirement
Traditional Harmony
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 (2 credits)
Counterpoint 1
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 1 (3 credits)

Liberal Arts Courses (Potential Transfer Credits = 4)

EMMAT Courses Berklee Courses
Pro Tools and Introduction to Technology
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology (2 credits)
Music History 1 and 2 MHIS-20x History of Music in the Western European Tradition (2 credits)

General Electives (Potential Transfer Credits = 6)

Arranging 2
AR-112 Arranging 2 (2 credits)
Basic Keyboard 1 ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques 1 (1 credit)
Basic Keyboard 2 ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 2 (1 credit)
Jingle Writing CW-218 Jingle Writing (2 credits)


Total possible transfer credits with the agreement: 41 credits