These schools are similar to Berklee College of Music in key aspects like size, setting, and academics.
100% of students
Berklee might seem like a rough experience for the cost, but it's the best decision I've made in my life. The networking I've done here is priceless, and my skills have increasingly gotten better. I recommend you don't skip over this college.
Be careful of the professors, they could be hard and unfair at times.
I've met some of the best people I've ever met here, and gotten so many opportunities that I would not have gotten anywhere else. However, I'm exhausted. I'm depressed. I'm anxious. But again, this is the only place where I can get what I need to succeed.
Some of the professors here are more interested in your final product rather than your mental health. A lot of mental health issues are swept under the rug. Equity sucks.
The teachers are extremely caring and passionate about their role in your career. They are detailed, intelligent, and experienced. I have learned so much more than I expected to in my 2 semesters at Berklee, and I have also become a part of a loving, passionate community. The students there are incredibly talented and we all comment on each others' work. There are so many resources as well, the school hooks you up with internships, gigs, and much more. They are fully invested in your success. Going to Berklee was the best decision I have ever made, and I am a much better musician just from my short time of being there.
If taking online, be aware of the deadlines. Communicate with your professors if anything comes up.
I enjoyed how the curriculum was built to be similar to the music industry, and how you can build and make a network while you're studying.
The competition and pressure is very intense, and there's always a sense that you're not doing enough and comparing yourself to other students.
After completing my first year as a Berklee student, I can safely say I am very happy at the school. I have learned a lot, made many great friends, and have improved significantly at my instrument. If you want to really succeed academically you will need to work hard, like at any school, but the work is not overwhelming.
The price. Also not every professor is going to be amazing. This isn't exclusive to Berklee but doesn't expect every professor to be amazing and helpful.
It is the best place on earth to study music. Berklee gives you many opportunities and opens up many windows for your future.
The tuition and lack of financial aid.