Family Weekend

Thank you for your interest in the college's annual Family Weekend! Family Weekend includes a full program of activities for families of Berklee students to get better acquainted with Berklee life. Attend sessions and performances, meet college leaders and faculty, and visit with your students. We hope that you enjoy a wonderful weekend with your family and stay in touch with Parent Services.

If you plan on attending Family Weekend 2016, please register by Friday, October 21.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change and the final version will be released by October 1. Do not print a copy of this schedule. 

Schedule at a Glance

Friday, October 28, 2016

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Check-In and Registration

You will receive your program for the weekend and materials to enjoy your visit at Berklee. Stop by the table to grab tourist information and your name tags, and to ask questions.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Stop by the dining hall located at 160 Massachustts Avenue. 

1:00 p.m.
–2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain​

Come learn about an exciting study abroad opportunity at our campus in Valencia, Spain. 

1:00 p.m.
–3:00 p.m.

Life on Campus

Speakers: Members of Student Activities; Health and Wellness; and Diversity and Inclusion

Representatives from Student Affairs will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the programs offered to students. 

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Career Center Session

Come learn about career-building resources and internship opportunities. 

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Art of Live Auditioning


Check out what a live audition is like for student performers. Students will audition in various formats in front of an audience, and the faculty judges will rate their performances with help from the audience.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Mix and Mingle Social

Mix and mingle with other Berklee parents and families. 

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Family Weekend Concert 

This is a fee show, with no tickets required.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m. 

Roots and Wings: Moving from Parent to Partner and Coach

This presentation will discuss strategies for how to provide sound, appropriate guidance regarding your student’s personal, educational, and career goals. Being a parent or guardian of a college student is a journey of strength, stamina, and courage.

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. 


All ages are welcome, particularly those just beginning their musical careers.

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 

African Drumming Circle

All ages are welcome, particularly those just beginning their musical careers.

Two available sessions: 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Ear Training 

The development of listening skills happens through performance and recognition activities. Parents will study melodies, intervals, and exercises in various major keys as well as basic rhythmic patterns and common harmonic progressions. The session will also introduce basic conducting patterns and common music notation.

12:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Jazz Lunch

Speaker: Berklee President Roger H. Brown

Parents, families, and their students are encouraged to attend. Remarks on the state of the college will be given by Berklee President Roger H. Brown, and a student ensemble will perform. Tickets must be purchased with registration; the venue will be announced at a later date.

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