Applying to Berklee College of Music requires a live audition and interview. Berklee’s unique audition and interview process allows us to learn about you as a whole artist while assessing your current level of musicianship and potential to succeed in our dynamic community. We also consider your audition and interview for merit-based scholarship awards. The audition and interview, combined with your transcripts and supporting application materials, give us a picture of who you are and where you have potential to grow.
What to Expect
The online audition and interview process takes about one hour after you check in. We’ll send you the link to your event in advance. Once it’s time for you to begin, we will guide you through the entire experience, which includes a 15-minute audition and a 15-minute interview. We request that you check in 30 minute prior to your scheduled time to ensure you have the proper setup.
Each component of the audition helps us assess your overall abilities as a musician and your potential for success at the college level. We recognize that it is common to have imbalances in playing abilities and that you may not have advanced skills in each aspect of the audition. Our goal is to see where your musicianship is right now and learn how you might further develop your skills.
Refer to the audition guidelines for details about the audition.
While your audition showcases your musical preparedness and potential, the interview is your chance to share your readiness for Berklee, including past musical experiences, aspirations for the future, and how you envision Berklee helping you reach your goals.
Refer to the interview guidelines to learn more about the interview, including sample questions.
Watch this video to learn more about the audition and interview directly from Berklee faculty and students. They’ll take you through each section and offer insight about how to prepare:*
*This video was filmed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. All events are now online.
Scheduling Your Online Audition and Interview
You must submit the application form before we can schedule your audition and interview. To schedule an online audition and interview, select "Online" on your application form and complete the prompts to check your internet strength. After we receive your form, we’ll schedule you for a specific date and time.
We will send you an email invitation for your assigned audition and interview approximately one week after receiving your online application form. Once scheduled, your audition information will be located in your Applicant Portal under the Next Steps tab. This is where you will confirm your scheduled audition and interview. You must confirm your scheduled time as soon as possible, or your space may be given to another qualified applicant.
You are automatically considered for Berklee's merit-based scholarships during your audition and interview. Online auditions are weighted no differently from in-person events.
Your scholarship decision will be issued with the admissions decision. Learn more about entering student scholarships.
Accessibility and Accommodations
Berklee is committed to providing equal access to auditions and interviews. If you need accommodations or have a concern related to accessibility, please contact us at email@example.com.
We encourage you to share your creative work. Please upload any supplemental materials, such as a link to your streaming account or personal website, to your application.
View the Online Audition and Interviews FAQs page to learn our answers to frequently asked questions about the online audition and interview process.