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 before discussing an article chosen by the New Student and Family Programs team. All articles will be shared one week prior to the meeting via the monthly family newsletter. Our next article is "College Students and Mental Health in 2020–2021: Coping Skills."

Our next meeting will be Friday, December 18 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Register 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 are scheduled below, and the Zoom links will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Please note, we will combine regions in the month of December. Register for the regional connections and monthly family meeting here.

  • International Families: Friday, December 11 at 8:00 a.m. EST*
  • Northeast Region: Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. EST* (Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)
  • Midwest Region: Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. EST* (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
  • South Region: Thursday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST* (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas)
  • West Region: Thursday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m. EST* (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

*Please adjust to your time zone as needed.

Family Spotlight

Each month, we will spotlight a new Berklee family. This month, meet the Tucker family from Atlanta, Georgia. 

Favorite family artists: In This Moment, Muse, Cheryl B. Engelhardt, Fleetwood Mac

Currently watching: Schitt’s Creek and The Great British Baking Show

About their student: Sophomore Robin Tucker lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Last March, he headed home from Berklee the week after his older brother moved out of the family home to his own place, conveniently leaving his bedroom as Robin’s future Zoom classroom and music studio (the closet is great for recording vocals). Although Robin would rather be at Berklee, he’s used his extra time for several pursuits, including working on his second record, which details a healing journey both physical and emotional. Two other Berklee musicians—Cole Calise and Miguel Chavez—are providing drums and guitar for the 13-song album.

Robin had a summer internship with independent musician/music career coach Cheryl B. Englehardt after taking one of her online classes. In his role, he helped manage her membership platform; transcribed pieces from her no. 1 new age album, Luminary; wrote copy for her member email list; and helped create and organize events for lead gathering. Robin will be a resident assistant in the spring semester.

How their family (and cats) are supporting their student: They're sitting through countless reruns of The Office, listening to Robin talk about Melodyne voice tuning and secondary dominants, and leaving him alone to be creative and get work done.

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.