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.

Friday, October 28, 2016

11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Registration / Campus Tours

Lobby outside Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street

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

Tours of the college will depart from this area and each tour runs approximately one hour. The first tour departs at 11:00 a.m. and the final tour will depart at 1:00 p.m.

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Dining Hall, 160 Massachusetts Avenue 

or Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street

Enjoy some local dining in Berklee’s dining hall, located at 160 Massachusetts Avenue. Lunch is our treat, so come to the new cafeteria and check out food vendor and partner Aramark food services. 

You can also visit our fabulous Cafe 939, where credit cards and cash are accepted.

1:00 p.m.
–2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain​

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street


Tracey Mellor—Assistant Director, Study Abroad

Christine Anastasia—Program Manager, Study Abroad

Come learn about our exciting campus and opportunities in Valencia, Spain. Christine Anastasia and Tracey Mellor will explore our Valencia campus and talk about how our students are experiencing a culture while receiving their education in a city that is vibrant and rich with history.

1:00 p.m.
–3:00 p.m.

Life on Campus

Student Activities Lounge and Loft, 939 Boylston Street (accessed by taking the 921 Boylston Street elevator to the third floor and going up the small stairs to the right)


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

Representatives from Student Activities, LiveWell, and Diversity and Inclusion will be in the Student Activities lounge to answer questions and discuss the programs and activities that we offer students. Student performers will be in the Loft.

2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Tune into your Career...Think Internships!

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street


Carolyn Tidwell—Director, Office of Experiential Learning

One of the best ways a student can gain the competitive edge in the music/entertainment industry is to participate in an internship before they graduate with their Berklee degree. Unless you are very connected in the entertainment industry, your son or daughter will need to intern for a few industry sites in order to connect their Berklee degree to their future. Come hear Berklee students who have completed their internship experiences share what they accomplished and how having this opportunity has impacted their career path.

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Art of Live Auditioning

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue


Led by Ken Zambello and other Berklee professors

Come check out what a live audition is like for student performers as they prepare for Singers Showcase vocal auditions and various other professional-level shows. Students will audition in various formats in front of the audience and the faculty judges will rate their performances with help from the audience.

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Parents' Wine and Cheese Social

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street

Limited capacity; first-come, first-served.

Mix and mingle with other Berklee parents. A wine expert will be on hand to serve an array of different wines, paired with some lovely cheeses and fruit.

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Family Weekend Concert 

Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue


Artists TBA

Free show—no tickets required.
This show features Berklee students and faculty playing a diverse representation of genres and styles.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. 

Roots and Wings: Moving from Parent to Partner and Coach

Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street


Betsy Newman—Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students

Chris Kandus-Fisher—Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Chief Equity Officer

At this continental breakfast and conversation, we will discuss strategies on how to provide sound and 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. (stop by anytime during the hour-long session)


Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street


Steve Wilkes and music therapy students

All ages welcome, particularly those just beginning their musical career.

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

What is Art History?

Room 1W, 1140 Boylston Street


Ross Bresler—Professor, Liberal Arts Department

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (stop by anytime during the hour-long session)

African Drumming Circle

Cafe 939, 939 Boylston Street


Joe Galeota—Associate Professior, Percussion Department

All ages welcome, particularly those just beginning their musical career.

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

Walking the Talk: Career Conversations with Berklee Alumni

David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston Street


Panel moderated by Peter Spellman—Director, Career Development Center

Peter Spellman is director of the Career Development Center at Berklee, where he provides career-building resources, programs, and advising to students and alumni.

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

Parental Guidance Suggested: Helping Your Child Get the Most Out of Berklee's Career Education Services

Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston Street


Julia Bingham—Assistant Director, Employer Relations, Career Development Center

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

Ear Training with Professor Paul Stiller

The Loft, 939 Boylston Street (accessed by taking the 921 Boylston Street elevator to the third floor and going up the small stairs to the right)


Paul Stiller—Associate Professor, Ear Training

Paul Stiller is a graduate of Berklee and the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He has been on the Ear Training faculty at Berklee since 1995 and has taught Ear Training 1-4, Rhythmic Ear Training, and Performance Ear Training 1 and 2 for Voice.

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

Venue TBD


Roger H. Brown—President, Berklee College of Music

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.

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