Holland College—Canada

Holland College School of Performing Arts provides an opportunity for students to develop their artistic skills, share their passion for music, theater, and dance; explore career options in the performing arts; and gain an understanding of the business side of the performance industry.

Visit the Holland College website to learn more about the credit transfer pathway to Berklee.

Entrance Requirements

Holland College 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 Holland College 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. 

Residency Requirements
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. 

Performance Courses

  • Ensembles: Holland College transfer students may receive up to six transfer credits for ensembles. 

  • Principal InstrumentPrincipal instrument courses (private lessons) taken at Holland College 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.

Required Courses

Level 1: Required Core Music Courses (16 Potential Transfer Credits) 

block 1 (8 credits)  
holland college courses Berklee College of Music Course Equivalents
MUSC-1000 Music Theory: Introduction PW-111 Music Application and Theory (4 credits)
MUSC-1030 Harmony: Introduction HR-112 Harmony 2 (2 credits)
MUSC-1005 Ear Training: Introduction ET-111 Ear Training 1 (2 credits)
BLOCK 2 (8 Potential additional credits) 
MUSC-2000 Harmony: Intermediate HR-211 Harmony 3 (2 credits)
MUSC-1035 Ear Training: Intermediate ET-112 Ear Training 2 (2 credits)
MUSC-2070 Harmony: Advanced HR-212 Harmony 4 (2 credits)
MUSC-2005 Arranging: Introduction AR-111 Arranging 1 (2 credits)

Level 2: Other Liberal Arts and General Electives (49 Potential Transfer Credits)  
Note: Contact the academic advisor at this institution to ask about the courses below.

HOLLAND COLLEGE COURSEs BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC COURSE EQUIVALENTS
MUSC-1010 Music Styles: Rock and Country MLAN-335 Analysis Progressive Rock Music (2 credits)
MUSC-1045 Music Styles: R&B and Pop MLAN-2xx Music Analysis elective (2 credits)
MUSC-2015 Music Styles: Celtic and World Music MLAN-2xx Music Analysis elective (2 credits)
MUSC-2050 Music Styles: Jazz and Latin MLAN-2xx Music Analysis elective (2 credits)
MUSC-1040 Music Licensing for Film Television and Video Games MB-415 International Music Licensing (2 credits)
MUSC-1020 Keyboard Harmony: Introduction
ISKB-211 Basic Keyboard Techniques I (1 credit)
MUSC-1055 Keyboard Harmony: Intermediate ISKB-212 Basic Keyboard Techniques 2 (1 credit)
COMM-1002 Writing for College and UPEI ENGLISH 101 Academic Writing LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing (3 credits)
UPEI ENGLISH 192 Introduction to Literature
LENG-223 Literature (3 credits)
FUNARTS-1030 Art History and Criticism LVIS-2xx Art History (3 credits)
UPEI any 3-credit history course except 103, 104, and 378 LHIS-2xx History (3 credits)
ANAT-1000 Anatomy and Physiology (recommended for students who plan to study music therapy) LMSC-424 Human Anatomy and Physiology (for students planning to major in music therapy)
  One three-credit math or natural science course, 200-level or above, from the list below (3 credits)
CHEM-1000 General Chemistry LMSC-2xx Natural Science elective
BIOL-1100 Environmental Microbiology LMSC-2xx Natural Science elective
KINE-1146 Physiology of Human Movement LMSC-2xx Natural Science elective
Math-1290 Introductory Statistics (recommended for students who plan to major in music business/management) LMSC-251 Data Management and Statistics (3 credits)
  One three-credit math or natural science course, 200-level or above, from the list below (3 credits)
BUSI-2030 Economics (recommended for students who plan to major in music business/management) LSOC-225 Principles of Economics (for students who plan to major in music business/management)
PSYC-2025 LSOC-411 Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSYC-1001 Psychology I Core Concepts LSOC-211 General Psychology
PSYC-1002 Psychology II Core Concepts LSOC-2xx Social Science elective

Potential Transfer Credit Summary
Level 1 courses: 16 credits
Level 2 courses: 33 credits
Ensemble courses: 6 credits
Total: 55 credits