College Senior 2012-11-11T04:09:44Z
Night life is more for Boston society, but not for Berklee student.
College Senior 2012-11-11T04:08:36Z
Guys & Girls:
At Berklee college of music there are all different types of people. But most of them are extremely friendly, king and intelligent.
College Senior 2012-11-11T04:06:52Z
Berklee college of music has extremely free and good atmosphere. This is the best thing about this school. People are giving, kind and easy going.
College Senior 2012-11-11T04:03:48Z
I have really bad experience of housing off-campus. People are selfish, they are trying to steal your money, they're canceling meetings in the last minute, don't answer when they promised, apartments are expensive. Extremely expensive for students. Even college doesn't help you to find a place.
College Senior 2012-11-11T03:57:48Z
Parking on campus is pretty comfortable, even bicycles parking as well.
Recent Alumnus 2012-11-03T11:25:07Z
I'm directing this personal review primarily to parents and prospective students.
I graduated from Berklee in Fall 2010. I was also a Berklee BEST scholarship recipient and world tour scholarship recipient. Currently I'm still involved with music giving private guitar lessons and playing locally. I was also a long term substitute elementary music teacher in CT. After the past couple of years after graduating from Berklee, I've decided to go back to school to become a registered nurse and pursue an entirely different vocation while still making music a profitable hobby.
Make no mistake about it, unless your family is financially supporting you and loans aren't an issue- you have zero business going to Berklee. My girlfriend went to school down the street from Berklee. She studied at NECO (New England College of Optometry). Her education to become a doctor has cost less than my Berklee education and, her salary will be starting six figures a year and include great benefits as a 20 something year old. Go to the Berklee website and add up the total expense of your Berklee tuition and decide for yourself if the opportunity cost is worth it. www.berklee.edu. Is an undergraduate music degree worth the same cost as a doctors education? How about the return on investment?
Even if you do in-fact graduate from Berklee, despite their low student retention rate and, if you land a decent paying job, it won't even scratch the surface of what you owe in debt if you decided to take out enormous loans! How is a college graduate making 40k per year (or less) supposed to pay off $225K+ in loans (not counting the interest rate)? Most "entry level" music industry jobs pay quite low, especially if you factor in the high cost of living expense for a big city where most music industry jobs are located. Many industry jobs don't even require a college degree. Having inside connections is a huge factor; as is the case with any industry.
Sad to say, but I have friends from Berklee and one from another music school... all are very talented good people who owe an exorbitant amount of money and have no way of ever paying it back. The crushing debt will be an enormous, detrimental burden for a long time (probably forever). Very few 17-18 year old kids understand the financial repercussions (garnished wages, no mortgage for house, etc...) of obtaining an enormous amount of credit from the government or private lenders. Parents neglect to teach their kid about this financial responsibility in favor of letting their child do what they think is best. How many times have you as a kid done something and looking back in retrospect decided it was actually ridiculous?
In today's uncertain economy, kids are graduating college with good traditional degrees and lining up for minimum wage, low skill, dead end jobs... A degree from Berklee is pretty much useless in the real world except for a handful of low paying jobs (as are numerous other degrees). The courses outside of the music classes are highly geared towards the liberal arts and not well rounded compared to a state university or even a community college. You can graduate from Berklee without taking a single math class, depending on your major!! Remember, Berklee is considered a COLLEGE, not just a music school. How many accreditted colleges do you know of that graduate students with no math requirements in many cases?
On a positive note, the atmosphere itself at Berklee is nice. The facilities overall are top notch and the people are nice. My experience with the faculty was great. There were only a couple of true oddballs that had me questioning their professionalism... but hey, that should be expected in the arts. Another word about the faculty; there are quite a few "assistant professors" at Berklee who don't even have a bachelors degree. That would not be acceptable in most universites. They were simply former students who dropped out to start their career and were ultimately asked to come back and teach. Not sure what kind of example that sets for the students... Maybe the lesson here is you don't need a music degree to be successful in the music business! Many of these " assistant professors" teach private lessons and music theory courses. Most of the faculty holding advanced degrees are in the liberal arts and music business management department.
To make a quick point about the college experience and networking at Berklee; in my opinion, it is a double edged sword. Yes, you can network at your school with other musicians, some whom are very talented. However, traditional schools have you networking in what is essentially a microcosm of society- not just the music industry. Rather than only networking with music majors, you can network with: pre-law students, accounting and finance students, pre-med students, engineering students, etc... It would be pretty foolish for someone who aspires to be a self-employed musician or freelancer to only network with musicians and abstain from having established contacts with non musicians. However, if you get outside the Berklee bubble, you can meet other people at neighboring schools.
I could go into A LOT more details about my experience, but for the sake of this review and for prospective students and parents... the underlying issue is the cost of the school and the lack of employment opportunities that abound. It is not worth putting yourself $225K in debt to get a music degree. The education itself is not well rounded and barely passes the state requirements to be considered an accredited university. It would be wiser to separate your vocation from your passion, especially due to the economic uncertainty that is becoming the new norm in this country. Hard work alone and talent is not a guarantee success. There are plenty of amazing artists and musicians who also happen to be doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. You can still play music and it can serve as a great hobby and even as a form of income... But it is not worth going to school spending over $50k per year after all expenses are accounted for. Doing so is laughable regardless of any circumstances. I'm sorry to offend anyone with this post, but this is my opinion and I stand by it.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-28T18:02:38Z
I lived on campus for one year in 150 Mass Ave. dorms. It was great living there. They supply toilet paper which is awesome. Also the cafeteria was right downstairs so I didn't have to go far for food. They have a lot of fun activities for people that live on campus. For example, movie nights, field trips outside the school, dance classes, gym, and arts& crafts.
There I a hug lounge room with a big screen tv.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-28T17:50:27Z
Berklee has awesome Mac desktops everywhere. We have two computer labs in the main 150 Mass Ave. building, one computer lab in Uchida Building on Boylston Street, and one lab in Hemenway building. There is awesome access to the labs all you need is your school Identification card. You can print for free which is awesome. The only thing is we are not allowed to print in color.
The network at Berklee is awesome! I always get service and if rare has been anything wrong I can just take it to the computer support center.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-28T17:40:26Z
Berklee is very diverse we have over 120 cultures represented at our school. Most of my close friends are from other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia , South Korea, Tawaiann, Norway, Dominican Republic,and Brazil. Those are just some of the counties to give ou a picture of how diverse Berklee is. Most students that come there are international.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-28T17:35:32Z
Health & Safety:
I would say the health is pretty good. People don't get sick a lot around Berklee and the hygiene helps. There is always soap in the bathrooms. And there is purell dispensers in the hallways and in every classroom.
The safety at the school is okay. In the past year a few people have gotten there laptops stolen but that is usually outside, not in the school. Other than that I have never seen a fight or anything like that happen in school. It is a safe place to enjoy and learn music !
College Sophomore 2012-10-28T17:19:58Z
The drug scene at Berklee is just like any other you might find at any other college you attend. There is a fair number of people who take part in it and a fair number who distance themselves from it. It is not distracting to anyone, everyone knows what they're really there for and they're able to focus on schoolwork. Alcohol might be a little more popular, but again it's not a problem or distraction
College Sophomore 2012-10-28T17:16:01Z
Admission into Berklee College of Music was pain-free and scheduling an audition was relatively easy. The staff and students are great with new applicants which made for a relaxing environment. The professors cover such a wide range of music genres that leaves the possibilities for audition piece choices almost endless. You can play any piece you're most comfortable with no matter what style; the school is interested in your playing ability, not whether you can play jazz or blues or R&B. The only advice I have for admission is to just be confident in your playing and not to be anxious or nervous because there is no intimidation involved in the process. Embrace the opportunity and if you just enjoy yourself then your audition will go just fine.
College Senior 2012-10-28T07:20:24Z
My major is jazz vocal. Is incredible possibility to discover your inner world and expand your knowledge and professional skills. It takes a lot of time and practicing - but for musicians it is a huge pleasure.
College Senior 2012-10-28T07:12:46Z
There is a bunch of good professors and classes. Students just know how to manage them time and use all these possibilities.
College Senior 2012-10-28T06:58:42Z
Most of the Berklee students are international students from the different cultural backgrounds. But atmosphere in the school is very good and supportive.
College Senior 2012-10-28T06:32:02Z
Computers are great and all technical equipment at Berklee is fantastic!
College Junior 2012-10-27T20:56:37Z
Campus strictness, Drugs and Alcohol have a 0 toleration in this school. Berklee isnt a violent place, most of the students are from all around the world.
College Junior 2012-10-27T20:52:08Z
Teachers are extremely prepared, they all have a name for themselves in the music industry, they are all walking encyclopedias.
College Junior 2012-09-24T04:27:24Z
The security is very loose however some take their jobs very seriously. The faculty on staff can be very very serious, so avoid getting caught at Berklee. Things can get ugly.
College Senior 2012-09-17T19:29:12Z
I am currently in the Songwriting program, attempting to earn a dual-degree in Electronic Production & Design and really enjoy the program thus far. It's a lot of hard work, with a lot of projects involved, but it's also incredibly satisfying, especially since I am a creative individual. All the professors really know a lot about music and still work professionally as performers or writers themselves, which is really helpful when you're in a jam or need a second opinion on something. They generally stay current on music trends, so you're not stuck in a one style box or trapped within just one genre. Berklee is also great at helping students find internships after they graduate, which is really helpful because the music industry is so cut throat.
College Senior 2012-09-17T19:25:30Z
There is no Greek Life available at Berklee, so this question does not apply.
College Senior 2012-09-17T19:23:46Z
Nightlife is pretty big, but it can get very expensive. Best best is to attend an off campus party, but then you have to pay for a cab or leave the party early to take the T back to campus. There also aren't very many 18+ options for clubs, so a lot of the on campus bars and clubs are 21+ only, which makes it really exclusive.
College Senior 2012-09-17T19:21:42Z
There are some great, cheap options, all within a one block radius of Berklee, as well as some more expensive options within a one block radius. Depending on where you go, some of the food is better quality than others, but as there are so many options for places to eat, this makes it hard to eat bad food regularly.
College Junior 2012-08-30T12:48:38Z
Working Progress – The greatest place at Berklee is The Student Activites Center! You can lay down on the couch or do homework, or play a little pool with some friends. And they often have jam sessions and concerts there which make the experience even better. In general, Berklee has a great atmostphere and there are lots of places to hang out such as: The Prudential Center, Fenway Park, Boston Common, The Boston Public Library and more.
College Junior 2012-08-30T12:37:47Z
Pretty Good – Public transportation is great and on time most of the time. However, there are times where the trains are on "standby" for almost 10 minutes at time, which causes problems. Cabs are too expensive. Unfortunately, we don't have a shuttle bus, but our school is fairly small so it isn't really needed. I feel that ZipCars could be convenient, but the problem is finding good parking. Since Berklee is right by Fenway, it can be hard to find a cheap spot, especially if its before a game.
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