Technology Requirements for Entering Students

As an entering student, Berklee requires you to own an Apple Macintosh laptop computer that meets certain standards established by the academic and technology leadership of the college. In addition, you must purchase a software package which includes several leading music technology applications in use at the college. The college makes exclusive arrangements to purchase items from leading industry manufacturers and passes this value along to you.

Laptop Requirement

There are two ways to meet the technology requirement, both of which require the purchase of the current software package and require entering students to do one of the following:

Bring Your Own Laptop

Purchase a Laptop from Berklee

Software Requirement

Every entering Berklee student is required to purchase the software package regardless of whether you are bringing your own laptop or purchasing one from the college. Even if you already own some of the software included in the Entering Student Software Package you are still required to purchase the software from Berklee. Please refrain from purchasing any music software before attending Berklee. Updates to these applications are provided at no cost while you are enrolled.
Entering Student Software Package

The Entering Student Software Package includes the following software:

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Avid Pro Tools

MakeMusic Finale


MakeMusic Finale

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MakeMusic Smart Music

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Microsoft Office

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MOTU Digital Performer

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Propellerheads Reason

Click the icons to view more information about the given software.