For Musicians Who Don't Like Distractions
Yes, that's Berklee, not Berkeley. As in Boston's Berklee College of Music, which has over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, including: producer Quincy Jones, pianists Bruce Hornsby and Keith Jarrett, and songwriters Tracy Bonham, Bruce Cockburn, and Melissa Etheridge.
Career Preparation for Working Musicians
According to the school, Berklee is the "world's premier learning lab for the music of today— and tomorrow." Lawrence Berk, an engineer trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded the school in 1945. His goal was to teach contemporary music and provide practical career preparation for working musicians. In other words, the ideal place for students who were tired of hearing: "Will you turn that down?"
Berklee's core beliefs are stated in its mission statement, which in part says, "The self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity—are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience."
Largest Percentage of Undergraduate Students from Outside the U.S.
Interestingly, of all U.S. colleges and universities, Berklee has the largest percentage of undergraduate students from outside the U.S.—26 percent—representing more than 70 countries. Berklee offers courses of study toward a fully accredited four-year baccalaureate degree or diploma in Composition, Contemporary Writing and Production, Film Scoring, Jazz Composition, Music Business/Management, Music Education, Music Production and Engineering, Music Synthesis, Music Therapy, Performance, Professional Music, and Songwriting.
The president of Berklee, Roger H. Brown, sums up his aspirations for Berklee this way: "Berklee has produced artists who have won a collective 175 Grammy Awards, composed some of the great film scores of our time...and transformed the way people play their instruments and teach contemporary music. We have the opportunity to be a powerful force in the world to help train the next generation of leading music entrepreneurs, teachers, and artists."
|1. Emory University||14. Smith College|
|2. Vassar College||15. Univ. of Notre Dame|
|3. Univ. of Pittsburgh||16. The Ohio State University|
|4. Goucher College||17. Earlham College|
|5. Reed College||18. Chapman University|
|6. Hunter College||19. Warren Wilson College|
|7. Univ. of Michigan||20. Univ. of California—Santa Cruz|
|8. Hampshire College||21. Stanford University|
|9. Berklee School of Music||22. Univ. of Texas—Austin|
|10. Pepperdine University||23. Middlebury College|
|11. Brown University||24. New York University|
|12. Univ. of the South—Sewanee||25. Univ. of Chicago|
|13. Elon University|