The Higher Certificate in Arts in Contemporary Music (Berklee Track) is a foundation course designed both to give students a strong foundation in music and the opportunity to enter the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. The course prepares the student for further studies as either a Performance or Writing Major. Using a curriculum aligned with that of Berklee’s, all of the subjects in the course are geared towards training young musicians to the highest international standards.
The Berklee Track focuses on giving the students the practical skills they must acquire in order to succeed in the professional music world. The course is comprised of an ideal balance of practical and theoretical studies designed to fully equip aspiring musicians for a career in both composition and performing.
As the title of the programme suggests, the Berklee Track is closely aligned to the curriculum of Berklee College of Music and it contains courses whose credits are directly transferable to the Boston college. Berklee College of Music has established an agreement with Newpark allowing students, upon successful completion of the Berklee Track course, to receive direct credits for equivalent Berklee music courses. As well as acquiring transferable credits, successful completion of the course also guarantees entry into Berklee College of Music without further audition.
Successful completion of the Berklee Track can also make an ideal preparation for entry into Newpark's Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance. Students who successfully complete the Berklee Track can apply for entry into the later years of the BAJP, where the credits gained on the Berklee Track will be recognised.