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.
Last edited by Steve Bailey : 09-26-2013 at 08:32 PM.