We are thrilled that you chose to join our talented and diverse community, and we are excited to support you throughout your student’s first year and beyond.


What Do We Mean by "Family"?

The Office of New Student and Family Programs uses the word "family" intentionally to include parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians, spouses, significant others, partners, foster parents, and chosen family because we strive to honor all types of families. Our office serves the families of our students by offering resources that connect you with the institution and address your needs as family members of the Berklee community.

Upcoming Family Check-In Meeting and Article Discussion

Each month, we will offer a family meeting to check in and answer general questions. Depending on the time of year, we'll either discuss an article chosen by the New Student and Family Programs team, or we'll bring in a featured area or department. 

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. ETRegister for the meeting and regional connections here

Upcoming Beverages and Bites Regional Connections

Join us virtually for regional Beverages and Bites, an informal opportunity for families to meet others in their region and share their experiences. Feel free to bring coffee and bagels, or wine and cheese as we meet monthly over Zoom. The next Beverages and Bites is scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET, and the Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Please note that attendees will be broken into regional breakout rooms when they join using the Zoom breakout room function. Register for the regional connections and monthly family meeting here

  • Northeast Region: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Midwest Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • South Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
  • West Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
  • International Countries

*Please adjust to your time zone as needed.

Family Spotlight

Each month, we will spotlight a new Berklee family. This month, meet the Calise family from Cranston, Rhode Island. 

Calise Family

Favorite family artists: Cole is the youngest of four brothers, pictured above. They all have a true love for music, from a variety of genres, and have many favorite artists, including Frank Sinatra, Aerosmith, Prince, and Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Toto, Stevie Wonder, and more. 

Currently watching or reading: As a family, the Calises enjoy watching The Office, Eric Andre, CommunitySchitt's Creek, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Cole and his brothers love to laugh together, and they enjoy documentaries. Cole loves to read articles, stories, and books about his favorite musicians as well. 

About their student: Cole’s entire world is driven by his music. He loves to explore all instruments and enjoys writing music. Playing the drums is like breathing for him. This past summer, Cole started a band called New Nova. In the midst of the pandemic, he decided to push forward and play, with a mission to spread positivity and good vibes through his love, creativity, and passion for music, in order to bring a sense of happiness, normalcy, and fun to all who had the opportunity to hear him. 

Now that Cole is back on campus, he is growing even more as an artist, learning from his amazing professors and collaborating with his talented classmates. He is more driven than ever: He understands, welcomes, and appreciates the road of hard work and dedication he faces ahead that will bring him opportunities and allow him to accomplish his goals and dreams. The Calise family could not be more supportive or proud of him and will always be his biggest fans. 

Fall 2020 Family Orientation Videos

If you missed Family Orientation or would like to rewatch a session, visit our Fall 2020 Orientation Presentations page, where you can view all the recorded presentations and remarks, including convocation.