Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus

Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus


The Valencia, Spain Campus
Berklee College of Music opened the Valencia, Spain campus in 2012 in the heart of the iconic City of Arts and Sciences. The Valencia campus offers master's degrees, undergraduate study abroad programs, and a summer performance program in music business, music technology, scoring for media, and performance. Campus facilities include state-of-the-art recording studios, technology labs, and a world-class scoring stage.

About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study.


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Yes, I recommend this program

I came into Berklee College of Music having had only a few months of experience using Digital Audio Workstations for electronic music production. Two out of six weeks in, I feel my creative potential expanding in ways that I never imagined. It's easy to let your bias prevent you from believing in your ability to produce satisfactory material as a musician, and this program has given me all the opportunities to realize how limiting and pointless self-doubt is. The class on Ableton Live, specifically, is executed perfectly. I leave every class empowered and inspired to share my musical voice, more confident in my knowledge of a very innovative software. My class on music video production, although outside of my comfort zone, has also pushed me to consider my artistry in new ways, helping me realize that music and video can go well together when one is an independent musician. From the social side of things, I've met such amazing people on this program. Although from different walks of life, speaking different languages, and pursuing different dreams in the industry, we're united by our passion for music, and I will hold these connections dear. Not to mention, the location of the program is simply perfect for a summer of personal transformation; the city of Valencia is rich with culture, visually breathtaking, and has unforgettable night life. Anyone who loves music and is maybe unsure about how to work it into a career path and is willing to throw themselves into a new experience, both culturally and academically, would thrive at this program. I highly recommend.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish the program directors had been more helpful with the acquisition of housing and the total cost of the program; tuition is very high and it does not cover travel, cost of living, or housing. So many expenses have piled up for me and it's disappointing that the school was not able to offer any financial assistance at all, as this can create a disparity in the types of students who are able to enjoy this program.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Deciding to take the Music and Entertainment Business program wasn't an easy decision back then. I´d already graduated from the marketing career and I was working at a multinational company, what means I had to quit a job and take a chance. After giving it a lot of thought I decided to go for it, and now I can say it was totally worth it. Berklee is an amazing university, not only because of it´s beautiful infrastructure, but mainly due to the teachers and the students that attend it. You get in touch with experienced people who can fill you with a lot of their stories and give you the possibility to ask and explore the business as much as you want to. But the most meaningful thing to me was that I was surrounded by passionate people who dare to do what they really love. And also, not in every university you get to walk down the halls and listen to people sing or play an instrument from another room...
After years and years of search I feel like I now how an idea of where I want to go and how to get started. My tip: do what you love to do, no matter what people may say. People usually regret what they didn´t do rather than what they did do. Therefore, if you want to take a program even if its just for pleasure do it because you never know where it will take you. And always ask as many questions as you can!

What would you improve about this program?
I received the admission decision quite close to the date of the start of the program, and there were a lot of things I needed to take care of before getting on the plane. I would've prefer it´d been sooner so that I could've had more time to organise for the trip.
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Yes, I recommend this program

It really helped me out in my artistic development studying music production with John and Pablo who are excellent teachers in his areas and I have met great talented people from around the world.
The experience of recording my music in the outstanding studios of Berklee was really a game changer for my music formation.
Valencia is also a beautiful and culture filled place to visit and learn about with plenty of musicians and artists to meet at every corner

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be improved by giving attendance certificates to the students
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Yes, I recommend this program

The program at Berklee is so intense, that that there is barely anytime outside of the music computer. However, this is a good thing. They told us that they would fit a semester into 3 weeks and they meant it. I feel like my time was well spent though. I learned so many amazing things from incredibly talented professors and it definitely taught me so many things. I just gradated from undergrad and this experience has made me more confident in applying for grad school and jobs. I have already been accepted to a few graduate programs and I know that my experience at Berklee gave me a leg up on the competition. Some of my favorite experiences is actually from my working in the lab. We really got to talk with the graduate students.

What would you improve about this program?
To be honest, the only way I could think of improving it is by making it longer. The program was amazing, but I know that there was so much more that I professors wanted to teach us if they had the time.

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Yes, I recommend this program

For me, the summer study abroad was one of the most important decisions that I have take in my life for opening my international networks in music and to open new possibilities as a musician.
I had the chance to share my talent with the other students from the study abroad program and with master students that they where studying in that time.
Thanks to that, Im currently studying the Master degree in contemporary performance and now I have an amazing and challenging future in music with a huge network of international talented musicians to work with in the future.

Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Colin Grant

Colin Andrew Grant is New Jersey native and a recent graduate from The University of Pittsburgh where he studied both Music and Rhetoric & Communications Studies. He spends most of his time focused on music and sound design for multimedia, though he did used to play Quidditch in college.

Why did you pick this program?

There aren't many summer programs for film scoring, let alone one specifically with students in mind. I can name the ones that do exist most likely on one hand. Besides that, Berklee has a long history of musical excellence so the program was great for me,since I wanted to study my specific interests over the summer while also making time to study abroad.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

Do it. Education is not just about sitting in a classroom and taking down notes. It's about experiencing the world. I applied for every scholarship I could, worked and saved up as much as I could, and it was worth it. You never know when you will be in another position to experience another culture in person.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Make sure that you are are up to date on your music knowledge and are prepared to work hard. The film-scoring program can be a bit intensive and if you come in with the mindset that you are going to be spending most of your time on the beach, you won't be able to get the full educational experience. I found that those who worked the hardest had the most fun.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

One time we had a chance to go to a few clubs, and clubs are very different in Spain than they are in America. They go on until very early in the morning. So we went to a few clubs. One was 60's themed, one was biker rock theme, etc. It was just really interesting to see all these different types of clubs so close to one another.

How good does your Spanish have to be?

Coming from someone who is awful at speaking Spanish, not that well. While you should definitely make an effort to learn the language and speak it, the people I interacted with were very kind. Many of the younger citizens knew English, which made things easier.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Ben Cantil

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Assistant Professor
Encanti is the artist name of Ben Cantil, a Berklee alumni who graduated in 2007. In addition to producing the music of Zebbler Encanti Experience, he has worked as a sound designer with companies like Cakewalk, iZotope, and Ableton to create presets and expansion packs for their products. Encanti lives in Spain where he is an Assistant Professor at Berklee Valencia, teaching electronic music classes as part of the Music Production, Technology, and Innovation masters program.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I rented scooters with a friend of mine and we rode through the Sierra mountains just north of Valencia. We got lost, but happened to come across some of the most beautiful scenery, where the sun was setting. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’d ever seen. In this moment, even through we got lost, everything felt perfect.

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

I find large cities to be very overrated in terms of how much fun you have compared to how much money you spend. It’s always the destinations which are off the beaten path that I find the most impressive. For instance, the Albufera Wildlife Reserve, south of Valencia, is absolutely stunning and surprisingly easy to get to.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

One major factor in building a successful product is to have something new or unique to offer, and having the resources available to develop your vision quickly. I find that working with deadlines is the key to overall productivity and really helps when building a company from the ground up.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

My stage show, Zebbler Encanti Experience, is an immersion of fully synchronized audio/visual media. The visual aspect is an integrated part of the art form, rather than an element that only supports the music. Under this moniker of Zebbler Encanti experience, we feel that we are exploring and pushing the definition of what it means to be a band.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

This semester I have a student that is taking my class “Electronic Music Creation” for a second time, just because he enjoyed it the first time. It’s really satisfying to know that for many of my students, it’s not about the grades or the credits, it’s all about the experience and the creative output.