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berklee graduates or students please read!!!!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by blakec3686, Nov 5, 2001.


  1. blakec3686

    blakec3686

    Dec 14, 2000
    Hey mabe you guys can help me out on the berklee school of musics website it says 2 yeasrs of formal instuction . What is Formal instuction? Is it private lessons ? if not please tell me whaty it is
    any help will be greatly appreciated
    Blake
     
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Moved to General Instruction.
     
  3. beermonkey

    beermonkey

    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    "Formal instruction" is private lessons of some sort.
     
  4. blakec3686

    blakec3686

    Dec 14, 2000
    u see im thinking of going there but i need to know if i have the right instruction of if i need something else . ive been taking private lessons for about 2 years
     
  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    When you enter Berklee they audition you to see what level you are currently playing at. Then you are assigned to classes based on that (i.e. you play with others at your level) and your course of study is adjusted to make sure you get whatever remedial instruction that's needed.

    I have studied with two Berklee professors who (perhaps cynically) tell me that ANYONE can get in if they have the $$$. Obviously if you can't read a note or get through a major scale then you probably have no business applying to a music college :rolleyes:

    I'd just call 'em up and ask to talk to someone who can answer your concerns.
     
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I think my view would be that - if you don't know why you need it - then you don't need it!
     
  7. blakec3686

    blakec3686

    Dec 14, 2000
    hey thanks im just trying to plan my futer.
    also besides berklee does anyone know of any other good music school i could look into ?
     
  8. CrazyCajun

    CrazyCajun

    Oct 8, 2001
    Dude,

    I was accepted to Berklee for this 2001 fall semseter for playing my guitar, and I have only had a year and a half with a private instructor (ive been playing it for like 8 years prior though, but still never had much "formal") before that. They didn't even audition me before they accepted me (well other than for scolarship money on the World Scholarship Tour), but otherwise it is severely easy to get in. The only problem with Berklee is that it is expensive as balls (note that I wasnt able to afford it), it is next to impossible to get college provided housing (another reason I am not there), and like 50% (dont hold me to that one-- I am pretty much saying "a buttload") dont make it past their first semester. Im not totally accurate, but that is basically what I found out last year. Otherwise it is an amazing school, I learned alot even frm just auditioning with the two old dudes in the scholarship tour.

    Have fun,
    CrazyCajun
     
  9. jblake

    jblake

    Aug 30, 2001
    Gray, ME
    It's not just private lessons. You have a core of classes that you have to get through including: Harmony (Jazz and Traditional), Ear Training, Arranging, and notation. The notation class is a joke. Study the text for a week and you can test out of it.
    Also your class requirements change depending on your major. If you're a performance major you'd be taking ear training the entire time you're there and you'd have to take a few more ensembles and labs. Hope this helps.

    Jon
     
  10. blakec3686

    blakec3686

    Dec 14, 2000
    hey guys thank for all the help . I thing i jhust might apply an see what happens id like to be a studio musician and a performer so i guess ill just see where this takes me
    Blake