What makes Berklee so much different?
I'm thinking about attending berklee and I was just wondering what makes the school so much different as far as education is concerned. Wouldn't I be getting the exact same education elsewhere?
The reason I ask this is because I know someone who attended berklee as a guitar performance major but dropped out after a semester because he felt the education didn't justify the cost at all. He told me this after completing his second semester at a different school.
Basically, I'm just wondering how the education differs from that of other schools.
I have pretty much the same questions......
I understand that Berklee is one of the most expensive colleges in the country and was wondering what justifys such an exorbitant cost.
Is it the quality of the education?
Is it the connections made?
Is it the exclusivity factor?
Of course, there must be something tangible or there wouldn't be any students.
With any university you're going to be paying partly for the name. I know someone who was at Berklee and he dropped out. According to him he was hearing too much about grads who had to get day jobs and could no longer play because of their student debts. :(
To the OP... For every one that drops out, there are scores of others who thrive at Berklee. Also, during ones first semester there are no Performance Majors. He may have wanted to become a Performance Major, but majors are declared late in the second semester.
Reasons for this are many. Lots of students think they know what they want to declare as a major, before they attend. Some follow that path but many, after experiencing all the other majors offered, decide to go to Business, Technology, Songwriting, Composition, etc...
Berklee is expensive, but there are also many scholarships. If you visit campus you will see that there are amazing facilities.. soon to be about 20 recording studios, 100's of practice rooms, performance rooms supporting 400 ensembles rehearsing weekly, ranging from P-Funk to Miles to a Symphony Orchestra. About 50 different specialized Bass Labs (classes) and an Eartraining department which is part of the performance division. (don't know of another college that has this logical and practical arrangement)
A bassists can also take lessons with other instrumentalists. For instance, a guy might be studying with Victor Bailey on Tuesdays and have a lesson with drummer Rod Morgenstein, Terri Lyne Carrington, or Casey Scheuerell. Imagine taking a lesson which involves PLAYING with someone like this every week.
These are but a few unique offerings that set Berklee apart from most schools.
And yes, like any music school, the connections you make there will help you throughout your career. Instead of 50 or a 100, or 500 musicians, you have over 4000 potential allies for the future.
I think that's a wonderful question,
Your statement about the day job with the graduates, is a fact of the music business. Remember that generally there is endless supply, and little demand. For you to really thrive, generally you have to have something very special that you are bringing to the table.
I think Berklee may help with that as far as having exposure to a wide array of majors, that you may find you have a kind of talent or even genius for.
However, no institution, can MAKE a great player. That is on the player. If someone wants to be a great player and is willing to dedicate their life to it, Berklee, is a wonderful path to achieve that. However, if one is hungary, there is many paths that will get you there! I suggest do as much research as possible. That way you will feel good about whatever decision you make.!:D
This is a delayed response (school), but thank you for the informative answer.
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