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Undergraduate Study in Music: Information for Prospective Students

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About the Concentration in Music

Training thinking musicians

Occasionally we are asked what a music department does in an academic institution. The simple answer is: we train thinking musicians. This can mean a several things, depending on your interests. A number of our courses are concerned with the connection between detailed music analysis and performance, others with the finer points of notation, and others with the exploration of the connection between compositional styles and the wider intellectual movements in the arts and humanities.

In our concentration we pay great attention to providing all our students with a solid and rigorous foundation in music theory and history, which will then lead on to further study in more specialized fields. The concentration offers a great deal of flexibility and ensures that the many diverse interests of our students are represented in its course offerings.

 

 



Academic, rather than pre-professional

As an academic program, rather than a pre-professional program, the music department does not have an extended performance faculty. We do not offer regular instrumental or vocal lessons, but do offer a number of performance-based courses each semester. Harvard also runs a very competitive dual degree program with both the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music that provides its participants with both a broad-based liberal arts education and specialized music training.

"Even though Harvard is an academic school, music at Harvard-both the scene and the department – is absolutely flourishing...I'd meet dozens and dozens of musicians who work and perform at the highest level, whether it be students who were admitted to Juilliard or Curtis, students who work in the joing NEC program, or students who have already launched professional solo and orchestra careers. I have been overwhelmed by the quality of music making at Harvard." -Zach Sheets '13

Performance groups and classes

The Music Department offers a undergraduate classes in which master performers coach chamber music ensembles, vocal ensembles, creative music, jazz, African music traditions, opera, or dance, in a number of different settings. In addition, Harvard University's Office for the Arts hosts 45 music groups from Mariachi to the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra to gamelan.

Composition Studies

Harvard has educated a distinguished line of composers from John Adams to Leonard Bernstein. Currently the Department has special strengths in electro-acoustic music, jazz harmony and improvisation, creative music, avant-garde music theatre and in instrumental music. Students have opportunity to hear their work performed in end-of-term recitals, and by various performance groups on campus.

Thinking Across Disciplines

Training thinking musicians means fostering connections between music and the other arts and humanities. We regularly offer classes that engage music in a wider cultural context, linking musical works with works of art, literature, or with political or philosophical questions. Many of our students are joint concentrators, who combine the rigorous study of music with another discipline. In their final year they write an honors thesis that combines their two chosen subjects. Some combinations are more common than others, but very exciting senior thesis have brought such diverse fields as economics, computer science, linguistics, or neuroscience to bear on music.
Read the story: Joshuah Campbell, joint concentrator, Music and French
Read the story: Kapena Baptista, joint concentrator, Music and Social Anthropology

What can you do with a music degree from Harvard?

The A.B. degree from Harvard with a Concentration in Music is a liberal arts degree, and our students pursue careers in professions similar to anyone with liberal arts training. They become lawyers, congressional aides, software developers, sound technicians, arts administrators, and speech pathologists, as well conductors, performers, composers, and professors. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ALUMNI

Resources for Study and Performance

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library offers an outstanding collection of books and scores, as well as listening equipment for its extensive recording collection. An electronic music studio is available. Musicians have access to the practice rooms, all of which have pianos, and a limited number of instrument lockers are provided. The many musical organizations on campus include the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Bach Society Orchestra, Harvard Glee Club, Collegium Musicum, Radcliffe Choral Society, University Choir, Harvard Group for New Music, Piano Society, Jazz Bands, Mariachi Harvard, Gamelan, The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers, Lowell House Opera, and numerous a capella groups. Students interested in composition may submit works for performance at concerts offered by the department, performance ensembles, and for the Harvard University Prizes. The Office for the Arts offers a special lesson subsidy program for musicians (by audition), as well as information on private teachers in the area.

"I've been fortunate enough to conduct pit orchestras, music direct everything from Bernstein to Jason Robert Brown, and compose my thesis. How am I qualified to do any of that? I'm not. But Harvard's support system is so brilliant, you're never far from a world-renowned conductor, composer, or director. The most consistent and familiar feeling of my Harvard experience has been coming home from rehearsal (to start homework at 1 a.m.), and only thinking: I'm the luckiest girl in the world. Why do I get to do this?" -Madeline Smith '14

Herbie Hancock talking with undergraduates as part of his Norton Lectureship.



 

 

How to Apply

Go to HARVARD COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

The Harvard Department of Music is an academic department of the university. It does not conduct a separate admissions process. The annual deadline for Harvard College admission is usually around January 1 for entrance the following fall term. There is also an early admissions program with a deadline of November 1.

All applicants must apply to Harvard College. If you are interested in music, the College uses the web-based platform Slideroom to allow you to submit musical materials as an Arts Supplement. Recordings of large bands, orchestras, or ensembles are not recommended, so submit either solo pieces or ones with an accompanist. The choice of material is up to you. There are no live auditions. For more information about submitting music materials as part of your undergraduate application, please see the Admissions Office website at: https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/application-process/application-requirements/supplemental-application-materials

Please do not send these to the Music Department. Your materials will be evaluated by music department faculty, but the process is "blind," and Harvard College Admissions will remove your name from your materials before they are sent to us.

Harvard College admission is open to everyone, including all international students. To begin the application process, go to
https://college.harvard.edu/admissions

To learn more about requirements for admission, go to https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/application-requirements

To learn what courses and activities will prepare you for Harvard, go to https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/preparing-college

To visit Admissions, take a campus tour, or sit in on a class, visit
https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/visit

To read about the undergraduate music program at Harvard College, go to
undergraduate.shtml

Sam Wu '17, conducts the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra rehearsal.
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Harvard University and New England Conservatory Five-year AB/MM Program in Music

 

Overview

The Harvard/NEC program is a joint five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (AB) at Harvard College and a Master of Music (MM) at New England Conservatory. The program benefits musically and intellectually talented students who wish to pursue both a professional music education at NEC and a rigorous liberal arts education at Harvard. During the first four years of the program students pursue the AB curriculum in the concentration of their choice at Harvard and take studio instruction at NEC. Ensemble participation at either institution is encouraged, and a specific range of music courses is suggested as prerequisites to the NEC portion of the degree. NEC requires students to complete a promotional jury each year to make sure that they are on track with NEC requirements. The promotional at the end of the third year is meant to confirm the students’ level of preparedness to begin their graduate studies at NEC. Students will graduate from Harvard in four years. Students will receive the MM degree from New England Conservatory after successful completion of the fifth year of study.


Application Process

Applicants must complete admission and financial aid applications at both institutions (NEC requires and audition; Harvard does not). Both applications ask students to indicate interest in the dual degree program. Most students apply during their senior year of high school. Only Harvard undergraduates who are in the first semester of their freshman year may apply to NEC as transfer students to be considered for admission to the program.

Please note: admittance to both institutions does not guarantee admittance to the Harvard/NEC dual degree program. NEC makes the final decision for applicants accepted to both schools, typically 5-8 students each year.


Costs

The cost of the program consists of four years of Harvard tuition and one year of NEC tuition. In addition, students in the program are billed for the cost of studio instruction at NEC for the first four years. Students should apply for financial aid at both institutions as part of the admissions process.

Housing

Dual-degree students typically live on or near Harvard’s campus during their first four years. On-campus housing is guaranteed for all Harvard undergraduates. All first-year students are required to live on-campus, and while students have the option to move off-campus after that first year, most choose to live in college housing for all four years. In the fifth year of the dual-degree program, when students are studying full-time at NEC, they may either request graduate housing in NEC’s residence hall or choose to live off-campus.

Academic Advising

Harvard undergraduates receive academic advising first through the Freshman Dean’s Office, then their House, then through the department of their chosen concentration. In addition, throughout their first four years all students in the dual-degree program will be advised by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Harvard University Department of Music. NEC’s Academic Advisors meet with dual-degree students each semester to track their progress and serve as advisors for the MM degree. Studio teachers and other NEC faculty may also serve as informal advisors.

Transportation

Harvard is located about three miles from NEC’s campus. Transportation is not provided, however public transportation between the schools is very easy to navigate. It takes about 30 minutes to travel between the schools on either the bus or the subway. As students set up each semester’s schedule they are encouraged to consider the season and build in extra travel time if necessary.

Outline of Program of Study

Year 1:

Regular Freshman curriculum at Harvard College
Studio instruction at NEC
Ensemble participation, by advisement, appropriate to the area of music specialization at either institution is encouraged.
Introductory classes in musicology and theory at Harvard, if possible.

Years 2 and 3:

During the sophomore year students will choose a field of concentration in accordance with Harvard's academic requirements. Students in the dual-degree program may pursue any area of concentration at Harvard, including music.
Courses as required at Harvard
Coursework at Harvard to be later transferred to NEC by advisement.
Studio instruction at NEC
Ensemble participation, by advisement, appropriate to the area of music specialization at either institution is encouraged.
Immediately prior to the end of the third academic year at Harvard, students' preparedness to continue into the Masters degree part of the dual-degree program will be reviewed and confirmed by a faculty jury at NEC. The result will be communicated to the student prior to the end of Harvard's academic year.

Year 4: Concluding year of AB degree combined with first year of MM study

Concluding curricular requirements for AB degree at Harvard
Studio instruction at NEC
Ensemble participation by advisement
Coursework at Harvard to be later transferred to NEC by advisement.
MM coursework at NEC by advisement

NEC’s Master’s Music Theory Competency Exam (MM degree requirement and required prior to enrolling in any NEC theory course. Retaking the exam in the fifth year is acceptable, as is enrolling in a graduate remedial course.)

NEC’s Music History Exam (MM degree requirement. Retaking the exam in the fifth year is acceptable, as is enrolling in a graduate remedial course.)

Students must submit the Harvard/NEC Application of Credit along with an official transcript to their NEC Academic Advisor after completion of the AB degree at Harvard. this is to ensure that any electives and requirements taken at Harvard to substitute for NEC courses are documented. The Application of Credit must be in to NEC by the start of the fifth year.

Year 5:

If students have not yet passed the exams listed above they must take the exams during the Orientation week of the start of the fifth year. Successful completion of these exams is a degree requirement. Students who do not pass the exams will enroll in graduate remedial courses at NEC.
Studio instruction at NEC
Ensemble participation as required for MM to be fulfilled at NEC
MM coursework by advisement
Recital required for most majors

Harvard/NEC FAQ:

How many students are accepted to this program? Approximately 5-8 students are accepted each year to this program. That number is at the discretion of the New England Conservatory.

How does the application process work? You fill out separate applications to both Harvard College and New England Conservatory (there is no separate application for the dual degree program). There is a box to check on each that indicates you are interested in applying to the dual degree program. You must audition for NEC; Harvard does not require an audition.

If I do get accepted to both institutions can I assume I will be entered in the Dual-Degree Program? No. NEC reviews the applications of those students admitted to both Harvard and NEC who have indicated interest in the dual-degree program. NEC will make the final decisions and notify accepted students.

Will I be a music concentrator at Harvard?
Dual degree students are welcome and encouraged to concentrate in music, however, it is not a requirement to be in the program.

How does tuition work? You must pay Harvard tuition for the first 4 years plus an additional fee to NEC for the cost of lessons and courses. In your fifth year you pay NEC tuition only. You may apply for financial aid at both schools. Harvard's financial aid program is very generous.

May I apply to the NEC/Harvard dual degree program as a transfer student from another institution? No. Unfortunately the admissions schedule doesn't allow for students to transfer directly into the Harvard/NEC program from an outside institution.

Do my Advanced Standing credits apply to this program? Could Advanced Standing credits take time off the years needed to complete the dual-degree program? In theory it would be possible to enter with Advanced Standing and complete the entire program in four years. This would extremely difficult to do, however, unless you were a music concentrator at Harvard so that many of your requirements overlapped.

I am a Harvard freshman. May I still apply to the dual degree program? The final opportunity to apply to the dual-degree program is the end of your first semester, freshman year. You don't need to do anything at all on Harvard's side as admission to the program would not change your status as a regular, full-time Harvard student. You will have to complete the undergraduate application and audition for NEC, and let them know that you are a current Harvard freshman interested in transferring into the dual degree program. It is not possible to apply to the program after the first semester of your freshman year.

If I'm in the dual degree program, can I get Harvard College credit for a course I take at NEC? You can receive credit for an NEC course only if Harvard does not offer anything similar, and if the Harvard faculty approves it in advance. Contact the Undergraduate Coordinator and your Resident Dean for more information.

Can I defer my admission? NEC does not grant deferrals. Harvard does. If you want to take a gap year and you are interested in the dual degree program, apply to Harvard, defer, then apply to NEC (and the dual degree program) during the winter before you plan to enter (e.g. during your gap year).

How does early admission/action work? You can apply to Harvard early, but you will still have to wait until the NEC regular application deadline to apply to the dual degree program.

Can I apply to both the Harvard/NEC and the Harvard/Berklee program?
No, unfortunately you cannot apply to both; you must choose which program you think is more suitable for you.


Meet some of the Harvard/NEC students

A few of the first graduates of the joint program: George Li, Sandy Cameron, Bong-Ihn Koh, Danielle Rabinowitz, Charlie Albright, Julia Glenn

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George Li, piano
Sandy Cameron
Bong-Inh Koh, cello
Charlie Albright, piano
Danielle Rabinowitz (composer, pianist)
Chase Morrin, piano
Julia Glenn, violin


 

 

Harvard University and Berklee College of Music Five-year Dual Degree Program in Music


Overview

The Berklee College of Music/Harvard program is a dual degree five-year program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) at Harvard College and a Master of Music (M.M.) or a Master of Arts (M.A.) at Berklee College of Music. The program will benefit musically and intellectually talented students who wish to pursue a contemporary music education at Berklee and a rigorous liberal arts education at Harvard.

During the first three years of the program, students will pursue the A.B. curriculum in the concentration of their choice at Harvard and take private instruction at Berklee. Ensemble participation at either institution is strongly recommended. Students must pass the appropriate instrumental proficiency at Berklee at the end of each semester to determine continued progress in their musical study. The proficiency at the end of the third year also serves as an audition and interview confirming the student’s readiness to begin the Master of Music or Master of Arts program at Berklee.

In the fourth year, students will complete all requirements for the A.B. degree at Harvard. All additional preparatory requirements for the M.A. or M.M. degree at Berklee, taken throughout the student’s academic career, will also be completed by the fourth year. Additionally, during the summers throughout their first three years, appropriate coursework to prepare for Berklee’s M.A. or M.M. programs may be completed at any of Berklee’s campuses—Boston,Valencia or online. At the end of their fourth year, students will receive the A.B. degree at Harvard. At the end of their fifth year, students will receive the M.M. or M.A. degree from Berklee (the M.A. in Music Therapy may take longer).


Application Process

Students apply to both Berklee and to Harvard independently. There is a box to check on both applications to indicate interest in the dual degree program. Students accepted to both Harvard and Berklee are then entered into a pool of eligible candidates. Berklee will notify students of their acceptance into the dual degree program.

Harvard uses the Common Application, due January 1st each year (early action due Nov. 1). Berklee's deadlines are January 15 (regular) and November 1 (early action). Berklee requires an audition and interview; Harvard does not.

Harvard undergraduates may also apply to the program during the fall semester of their freshmen year.

No transfer students are eligible, including current Berklee students.


Costs

The cost of the program consists of four years of Harvard tuition and fees for the A.B. program and one year of Berklee tuition and fees for the M.A. or M.M. program. In addition, Berklee/Harvard program students are billed for the cost of private lessons ($8,000/year) and any necessary preparatory courses at Berklee for the first four years. Students who choose to participate in a summer semester at Berklee either in Boston or Valencia will pay the regular tuition and fees for that summer session.

Harvard College offers generous financial aid based on need. To read more about the cost of attending Harvard and how financial aid works, go to https://college.harvard.edu/financial-aid

Financial aid may also be granted by Berklee for the fifth year of study.

 

Housing

Dual-degree students live on Harvard’s campus during their undergraduate study. All first-year students at Harvard are required to live on campus, and while students have the option to move off campus after the first year, most undergraduates choose to live in college housing for all four years. College housing is guaranteed for all undergraduates.

In the fifth year, when students have graduated from Harvard are studying full-time at Berklee, they may choose to live off-campus. Likewise, if students choose to participate in summer sessions at Berklee in Boston, they may choose to live off-campus. If students choose to participate in summer session at Berklee’s Valencia campus during their first three summers, they will live in the residence hall. There is no residence hall option for students in this program at the Berklee campus in Boston.

 

Academic Advising

Harvard undergraduates receive academic advising first through the Freshman Dean’s Office, then through the department of their chosen concentration. In addition, all students in the Harvard/Berklee program will be advised by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Undergraduate Coordinator of the Harvard Music Department as they progress through their bachelor’s degree, particularly with regard to ensemble participation and studies in music theory and music history. Berklee’s academic advisors—the Office Manager and the Dean of Institutional Assessment and Graduate Studies—in the Graduate Studies office meet with dual-degree students each semester to track their progress, and serve as advisors for the M.A. or M.M. degree. Private lesson instructors and Berklee department chairs may also serve as informal advisors.

Students in the dual degree program will participate in orientation at Berklee in the fall semester.

 

Transportation

Harvard is located in Cambridge, about four miles from Berklee’s Boston campus. Public transportation between the two campuses is easy to navigate. It takes 30-50 minutes to travel between the two schools on either the bus or the subway.

By bus: Take the #1 bus from Harvard Square to the intersection of Massachusetts Ave. and Boylston St., to the Berklee Boston campus. To return, catch the #1 bus in front of the Hynes Convention Center T stop to Harvard Square.

By subway: Take the MBTA Red Line inbound from Harvard Square to Park Street, then take any eastbound branch of the Green Line (except E) to the Hynes Convention Center story. To return, take the Green Line from the Hynes Convention Center to Park, then the Red Line outboard to Harvard.

Note: Berklee offers discounted MBTA passess, known as the student Semester T Pass, available for sale in the months leading up to the fall and spring semesters.

 

Outline of Program of Study

Year 1 Fall and Spring:

-Participate in orientation at Harvard College and Berklee College of Music
-Regular freshman curriculum at Harvard College
-Private lessons (one hour per week) at Berklee
-Introductory courses at Harvard or Berklee, per advisement
-Ensemble participation, by advisement, at Harvard or Berklee, is strongly recommended
-Berklee proficiency exams in student’s principal instrument are required at the end of each semester of private instruction study Participate in orientation at Harvard College and Berklee College of Music

Years 1, 2 and 3 Summer (optional):

-Berklee offers summer sessions at campuses in Boston, Valencia, Spain, and Online
-Students may choose to participate in summer session for the regular tuition and fees of those programs
-Courses should be selected based on advisement and availability, in accordance with students' intended area of master study, to include:

Courses in music theory
Courses in music composition
Courses in music technology
Courses in music production
Courses in film scoring
Courses in music therapy
Courses in music business
Courses in music performance

For information on summer study abroad at Berklee Valencia, see VALENCIA
For information on summer study at Berklee Boston, see BERKLEE BOSTON
For information on study at Berklee online, see BERKLEE ONLINE


Years 2 and 3 Fall and Spring:

In the fall of sophomore year, students choose a field of concentration in accordance with Harvard’s academic requirements. Those students enrolled in the joint Harvard/Berklee
program may choose to concentrate in music or any other subject. Students who are planning to enroll in the M.A. in Music Therapy must select music as their area of concentration or joint concentration. Students will also indicate their likely area of graduate study, to include any of Berklee’s M.M. or M.A. degrees, including

M.M. in Contemporary Performance (Valencia, Spain, residential; Boston, residential)
M.M. in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games (Valencia, Spain, residential)
M.M. in Music Production, Technology and Innovation (Valencia, Spain, residential)
M.A. in Global Entertainment and Music Business (Valencia, Spain, residential)
M.A. in Music Therapy (online; Boston, residential)

Students will complete:

-Courses as required at Harvard
-Private lessons at Berklee (or appropriate master’s preparation courses at Berklee)
-Intermediate and advanced courses at Harvard or Berklee, per advisement
-Ensemble participation, by advisement, at Harvard or Berklee, is strongly recommended
-Berklee proficiency exams in student’s principal instrument are required at the end of each
semester of private instruction study
-OPTIONAL: Complete all of the above while also spending a semester at Berklee’s study
abroad program in Valencia, Spain; see http://valencia.berklee.edu/academicprograms/study-abroad/

At the end of the third year, students confirm their selected area of graduate study at Berklee; Berklee
also confirms students’ preparedness to continue into the master’s degree. The result will be
communicated to the student prior to the end of Harvard’s academic year in year 3.


Year 4 Fall and Spring:

Concluding year of A.B. degree at Harvard and final preparations for entering the M.M. or M.A. degree at Berklee
-Concluding curricular requirements for A.B. degree at Harvard
-Private lessons at Berklee (or appropriate master’s preparation courses at Berklee)
-Ensemble participation, by advisement, at Harvard or Berklee, is strongly recommended
-Berklee proficiency exams in student’s principal instrument are required at the end of each
semester of private instruction study
-Courses per advisement
-For those entering the M.A. in Music Therapy, completion of all music therapy equivalency
courses and requirements, including internship and board certification

 

Year 5 Fall, Spring and Summer (September - July):

Students enter and complete their selected M.A. or M.M. program—including all course requirements
and the culminating experience (thesis) project.


Undergraduate Courses to be completed during Years 2, 3 and 4, to Prepare for Berklee Master’s Programs


M.M. in Contemporary Performance (Boston, residential; Valencia, Spain, residential)

Ensembles at Harvard or Berklee
Private Instruction each fall and spring semester with proficiency at level 8
Music theory, ear training, performance studies courses by advisement


M.M. in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games (Valencia, Spain, residential)

Film scoring and music technology courses to be determined by advisement
Music theory, ear training, composition and harmony by advisement
Music technology courses to be determined by advisement
Music theory, ear training, composition and harmony by advisement

 

M.A. in Global Entertainment and Music Business (Valencia, Spain, residential)

Economics and statistics courses by advisement

 


M.M. in Music Production, Technology and Innovation (Valencia, Spain, residential)

Music technology courses to be determined by advisement
Music theory, ear training, composition, and harmony by advisement


M.A. in Music Therapy (low-residency, Boston residential)

Students interested in this program should complete Berklee’s Music Therapy Master’s Equivalency program while completing their Harvard A.B. Program. Required courses (by advisement):

At HARVARD

Life Sciences 2: Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy (or similar course equivalent to Human Anatomy and Physiology)
Psychology 1900 Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (or any course with a focus on behavioral assessment)
Psychology 18 Abnormal Psychology (or any course in abnormal psychology)
Any social science elective

At BERKLEE, Boston

MTH-201 Introduction to International Music Therapy
MTH-231 Music in Special Education
MTH-231 Music Therapy Practicum: Special Education
MTH-311 Psychology of Music
MTH-312 Music Therapy Practicum: Geriatrics
MTH-351 Exceptional Children
MTH-411 Music in Psychotherapy
MTH-412 Music Therapy Practicum: Psychiatry
MTH-495 Music Therapy Internship (1040 hours)

Performance

Introductory proficiency in piano, guitar, voice and percussion
Advanced proficiency in principal instrument

 

Further information is available from the Department of Music at Harvard University (617.495.2791) or the Office of Graduate Studies at Berklee (617.747.6360).

 

Harvard/Berklee Dual Degree Program FAQ

The main thing to remember about the Harvard/Berklee dual degree program is that students complete a full Harvard bachelor’s degree before they move to a master’s program at Berklee—32 Harvard courses. (The dual degree program is different from a joint program, where students can choose their courses from either institution.) The main difference between a Harvard College student and a student enrolled in the Harvard/Berklee dual degree program is that he/she takes a weekly lesson at Berklee in addition to regular Harvard coursework.

How does the application process work?
You fill out separate applications for both Harvard College and Berklee College of Music (there is no separate application for the dual degree program). There is a box to check on each that indicates you are interested in applying to the dual degree program. You must audition/interview for Berklee; Harvard does not require an audition.

If I do get accepted to both institutions can I assume I will be entered in the Dual-Degree Program?
No. Berklee will review the applications of those students admitted to both Harvard and Berklee who have indicated interest in the dual-degree program. Berklee will make the final decisions and notify accepted students.

How many students are accepted to this program?
The program expects to accept approximately 10 students each year to this program.

Will I be a music concentrator at Harvard?
Dual degree students are welcome and encouraged to concentrate in music, however, it is not a requirement to be in the program.

How does tuition work?
You must pay Harvard tuition for the first 4 years plus an additional fee to Berklee ($8000/year) for the cost of lessons; extra tuition may be required for summer courses if you take them. In your fifth year you pay Berklee tuition only. You may apply for financial aid at both schools. Harvard's financial aid program is very generous. The $8000 Berklee tuition fee includes private music lessons, ensembles, and courses by advisement. You also have the option to participate in Berklee’s summer semester in Boston or Valencia, Spain, for additional tuition.

Do I have to know which Berklee master's program I want to join when I apply?
No. You don’t have to make a decision about your master’s program until the fall of your sophomore year at Harvard.

How many courses may I take at Berklee while I'm a Harvard undergraduate?
This will be determined by your advisors. However, keep in mind that you would be a full-time Harvard undergraduate and still responsible for completing the Harvard degree requirements.

Is there financial aid available?
Yes, you can apply for financial aid. Be sure to include both Berklee and Harvard on your FAFSA so that both schools will be able to assess information about your need. You can learn about Harvard’s financial process on their website. Harvard's financial aid is quite generous, and is need-based. For students admitted to this dual degree program, annual awards for the Berklee portion of the undergraduate program are available for those with demonstrated financial need. This is made possible through the Paul and Catherine Buttenweiser Endowed Scholarship Fund.

May I apply to the Berklee/Harvard dual degree program as a transfer student from another institution?
No. Unfortunately the program doesn't allow for students to transfer directly into the program from an outside institution, including Berklee.

I am a Harvard freshman. May I still apply to the dual degree program?
Yes. The final opportunity to apply to the dual-degree program is during your first semester, freshman year. You don't need to do anything at all on Harvard's side as admission to the program would not change your status as a regular, full-time Harvard student. You will have to complete the application and audition for Berklee following their instructions and deadlines, and let them know that you are a current Harvard freshman interested in entering the dual degree program. To apply, you will need to fill out the Berklee undergraduate application as a new applicant (not a transfer student) and check the box to indicate your interest in this program. You will also have to include Berklee when you submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Can I apply to both the Harvard/NEC and the Harvard/Berklee program?
No, unfortunately you cannot apply to both; you must choose which program you think is more suitable for you.

I am a current Berklee student. Am I eligible to apply for the Harvard/Berklee dual degree program?
No. Current Berklee students are not eligible for this program.

I have been accepted to Berklee, but not Harvard. Am I eligible for the dual degree program?
No. However, your acceptance into the Berklee half of the dual degree program means that you are also accepted to the Berklee undergraduate program.

I have been accepted to the Berklee half of the dual degree program. May I delay a year and then re-apply to the dual degree program?
Yes. If you are accepted to Berklee, but not to Harvard, and delay attending Berklee for a year, you are eligible to apply to Harvard and the dual degree program again. Berklee allows admitted students to delay one year without re-application. However, once accepted to Harvard, you need to let Berklee know, and Berklee will then consider you for the dual degree program.

I’ve been accepted to Berklee for the dual degree program, but wait-listed at Harvard. Is it possible that I can be considered for the dual degree program if I come off the waitlist?
Yes. If you have already been accepted to Berklee, and then receive word that you’ve been accepted to Harvard, Berklee will consider your admission to the dual degree program up until August. You need to notify Berklee about your Harvard admission.

I am a Harvard student, but not in the dual degree program. May I take courses at Berklee?
No. Only Harvard students enrolled in the dual degree program may take courses (per advisement) at Berklee.

See more FAQ on the Berklee College of Music site.

 


 

Visit

You are welcome to visit the Music Department anytime during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Please know that meeting with music department staff in no way impacts your application; these meetings are informational only. Individual academic departments (such as music) are not involved with the Admissions process at Harvard College.

The best times to visit the department are when classes are in session. However, you can come by at any time to see the building and facilities. The Music Department is open 9-5 Monday through Friday except for holidays.

To make an appointment to visit the Music Department
Call 617-495-2791 or write musicdpt@fas.harvard.edu to arrange an appointment with Lesley Bannatyne, Managing Communications Coordinator. Expect your visit to last around 15 minutes.

If you decide to make an application
The Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid handles the admissions process in its entirety. All questions about the admissions process, as well as all supplementary application materials, should be sent to them:
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Harvard College
86 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard College Admissions also tracks all applications and is responsible for all materials and submitted information. If you need to know the status of your application, contact them at 617-495-1551. NOTE: Please do not call the Music Department about the status of your application or the return of your materials. We don't have them.



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