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.

Registration is now full, and we are not able to add any more registrants to the weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience.  


Schedule at a Glance

Friday, October 28, 2016

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

939 Boylston Street Lobby (outside the Red Room at Cafe 939) 

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 pick up your welcome tote bag, lunch voucher, schedule of events, name tag, and to ask any questions.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

Life on Campus: Representatives from Student Activities, Housing and Residential Life, and Diversity and Inclusion will be on hand to discuss programs and activities that we offer students. 

11:00 a.m. 

Campus Tours: Tours of the college will depart immediately following the Life on Campus session. Tours run approximately one hour and will end at the dining hall. 

11:00 a.m. 

Ensemble Showcase: Swing by an ensemble class in session and watch them perform live.  

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

: Stop by the dining hall located at 160 Massachustts Avenue. 

1:00 p.m.
–2:00 p.m.

Intro to Academics: Come learn more about the Berklee curriculum. The session will include presentations by faculty on the core music program at Berklee. 

2:00 p.m.
–3:00 p.m.

Career Center Overview: Representatives from the Berklee Career Center will provide an overview of the career-building resources, programs, and advising offered to students and alumni as well as internship opportunities. 

Speaker: Julia Bingham, Assistant Director, Career Center

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.

Speaker: Ken Zambello, Professor, Ensemble Department

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 free show with no tickets required.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. 

Partnering with Parents and Families: 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.

Speaker: Chris Kandus-Fisher, Vice President for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. 

Choice A: Study Abroad Session: Come learn about Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. Representatives from Berklee Study Abroad will be on hand to talk about how our students are experiencing a culture while receiving their education in a city that is vibrant and rich with history. 

Speakers: Tracey Mellor, Assistant Director, Study Abroad, and Christine Anastasia, Program Manager, Study Abroad

Choice B: African Drumming Circle: All ages are welcome, particularly those just beginning their musical careers.  

Speaker: Joe Galeota, Associate Professor, Percussion Department

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.




Please choose one of the following liberal arts sessions to attend.

Choice A: Art History

Speaker: Ross Bresler, Professor, Liberal Arts Department

Choice B: Psychology of Music

Speaker: Erica Knowles, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts Department

Choice C: Oceanography

Speaker: Jennifer Beauregard, Associate Professor, Liberal Arts Department

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.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.

Speaker: Paul Stiller, Associate Professor, Ear Training Department

12:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Jazz Lunch: 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.

Speaker: Berklee President Roger H. Brown

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