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In this video, you'll hear about the Berklee Performance Division's plan to deliver our comprehensive music curriculum in an engaging online environment for fall 2020.

Letter from the Chair

Dear Piano Principals,

We are excited to welcome you back in a few weeks to start or continue your studies with the Berklee Piano Department. We understand and share your feelings that there is nothing like studying on campus. We are, however, ready to provide a deep and rewarding online learning experience for you this fall. All of the faculty you are familiar with are looking forward to working with you at a high level in the remote realm.

Your professors have been studying the latest state-of-the-art technologies to maximize the online learning environment. The college has upgraded all our systems to bring us a smooth, comfortable, and effective remote platform.

I realize that you may have reservations about doing an entire semester virtually. Please do not let that deter you from diving in fully and moving forward. The remote realm offers some unique scenarios that we intend to take full advantage of. We will be creating virtual open-mic sessions, open chats, peer-to-student mentoring, and much more. In addition, we have greatly expanded our guest artist, faculty, and alumni presentations. These will be stylistically diverse interactive webinars that will augment and enhance your course of study. We plan to bring world-class guests who are prominent in their specific musical fields. Many of these guests have already had great success in presenting their music in the virtual realm. 

We know that music has always served to enrich and heal lives around the world. Our present situation gives us an opportunity as artists to create, produce, and deliver music that can indeed bring healing to a hurting world. This has always been one of the callings that artists rise up to. We will collectively work to explore doing this to the highest level possible this fall!

I understand that many of us are struggling and in pain because of the circumstances we find ourselves in, and that studying with dedication at the world’s premier music college doesn’t make the situation any easier. That having been said, please do not hesitate to reach out for help, and to reach out often. There are many opportunities for help and guidance that you can take advantage of at Berklee and in the Piano Department. I encourage you to reach out to your teachers during their office hours; to me, the Piano Department chair; and to the counseling and tutoring resources we have available. We are here to support you through any challenges that you may face. 

I truly believe that although different, your experience this fall will be rich, inspirational, rewarding, and challenging on every level possible. We will continue, as always, to strive to be the best music college in the world, and we want you to be an important part of that! 

With warmest regards,

Dave Limina, Chair

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