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Dual Degree Music Programs

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For Musical Academics or Academic Musicians

If you are a talented musician and dedicated scholar choosing between in-depth music training and a liberal arts education, consider the benefits of Harvard College’s dual degree programs with the New England Conservatory (NEC) and Berklee College of Music.

Harvard’s dual degree programs are a five-year endeavor where you will receive both a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Harvard College and a master’s degree from NEC or Berklee.

Students pursue a bachelor’s degree at Harvard while taking private lessons and preparatory classes at NEC or Berklee. In their fourth year, students complete Harvard’s bachelor’s requirements, and complete their master’s program in the fifth year.

New England Conservatory

The Harvard/NEC program is a dual degree program in which a students earns a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) at Harvard College and a Master of Music (M.M.) at New England Conservatory.

Program overview

During your first three years, you will take studio instruction each semester at NEC, but you will focus on your academic coursework at Harvard. In your fourth year of study, you will complete your degree requirements at Harvard and begin to fulfill NEC’s Master of Music (M.M.) degree requirements, which you will finish in your fifth year of study.

Admission

The program is open to high school students who apply to both institutions through the normal admissions process.

Performance applicants will be expected to audition at NEC during the regular auditions period in February/March.
Composition applicants will be expected to interview at NEC during February/March if invited after review of scores and recordings.

You must apply to both Harvard and NEC, indicating on both applications your interest in the Harvard-NEC dual degree option. If you are admitted to both institutions, you will then receive an additional decision for admission to the dual degree program.

Harvard freshmen may also be considered for admission to the program, so the option remains open to you.

Find out more at the Department of Music at Harvard (617-495-2791) or the Office of Admission at New England Conservatory (617-585-1101).

Berklee College of Music

The Harvard-Berklee dual degree program will welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2017, and is designed for musicians who are interested in building a foundation for their artistic careers as well as attaining a liberal arts education.

Program overview

During your first three years, you will focus on your academic coursework at Harvard and take private lessons and other preparatory courses at Berklee.  Additionally students are required to  participate in ensembles at either institution. Each semester, you must pass the appropriate instrumental proficiency assessment at Berklee. At the end of the third year, you will also complete an audition and interview to confirm your readiness to begin the master of music (M.M.) or master of arts (M.A.) program at Berklee.

In your fourth year of study, you will complete your degree requirements at Harvard, and then complete all of your master’s requirements during your fifth year of study. The fifth year includes a short (six- or seven-week) summer semester.

Admission

The program is open to high school students who apply to both institutions through the normal admissions process. Berklee offers master’s degrees in scoring for film, television, and video games; music production, technology, and innovation; global entertainment and music business; music therapy; and contemporary performance.

You must apply to both Harvard and Berklee, indicating on both applications your interest in the Harvard-Berklee dual degree option. If you are admitted to both institutions, you will then receive an additional decision for the dual degree program.

Harvard freshmen may also be considered for admission to the program, so the option remains open to you.

Find out more at the Department of Music at Harvard University (617-495-2791) or contact the Office of Admissions at Berklee College of Music at 800-237-5533 or admissions@berklee.com.

 

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