To­wards mu­sic ex­cel­lence

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

BERKLEE Col­lege of Mu­sic in Bos­ton, the United States, is a renowned col­lege de­liv­er­ing only the high­est stan­dards in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

Es­tab­lished in 1945, Berklee has grown to be the largest pri­vate col­lege spe­cial­is­ing in the art and science of mu­sic.

To date, 100 Berklee alumni have re­ceived 231 Grammy Awards. They in­clude names such as John Mayer, Bruce Hornsby, Quincy Jones, Steve Vai and Dixie Chicks and Esper­anza Spald­ing.

Be­cause of its rep­u­ta­tion in pro­duc­ing suc­cess­ful mu­si­cians, it has been the dream of many, if not all, mu­si­cians to study with the best. Berklee at­tracts stu­dents of high mu­si­cal pro­fi­ciency from all over the globe. Ad­mis­sion is highly com­pet­i­tive, giv­ing ad­mis­sions per­son­nel a chal­lenge of select­ing only 800 stu­dents from a to­tal ap­pli­ca­tion of 2,000 ev­ery in­take.

How­ever, ICOM stu­dents have an ad­van­tage over other stu­dents not only in Malaysia but world­wide, in­clud­ing stu­dents from the US. Berklee and ICOM have had a long re­la­tion­ship, which is ev­i­dent in the ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment be­tween both in­sti­tu­tions.

Be­ing in part­ner­ship since 1997, ICOM has groomed and trained stu­dents for a Berklee ed­u­ca­tion. As of today, ICOM has suc­cess­fully trans­ferred hun­dreds of stu­dents to Berklee through its Berklee Trans­fer Pro­gram – a unique pro­gramme and the first of its kind in Asia.

Hav­ing seen the high aca­demic stan­dards and en­rol­ment of stu­dents, Berklee of­fers ICOM stu­dents a full ar­tic­u­la­tion of the first two years of ed­u­ca­tion at Berklee.

This means that stu­dents who suc­cess­fully com­plete the ICOM Berklee Trans­fer Pro­gram will au­to­mat­i­cally gain credit trans­fers for the first two years at Berklee.

ICOM grad­u­ates will only spend an­other two years at Berklee to com­plete their Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic awarded by Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic. This ex­clu­sive part­ner­ship al­lows stu­dents to save over 60% of the over­all cost of ed­u­ca­tion at Berklee. ICOM stu­dents are also more pre­pared to move into the third year at Berklee with con­fi­dence. Due to the high stan­dards of the ICOM ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence, a large num­ber of ICOM stu­dents achieve the Dean’s List at Berklee.

“This is the true tes­ta­ment of the ICOM Ex­pe­ri­ence,” says ICOM course leader Nilesh Thomas. “ICOM stu­dents gain a won­der­ful mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence while study­ing at ICOM and are equipped to con­tinue their stud­ies at Berklee.”

One of the many priv­i­leges of at­tend­ing ICOM is that stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to au­di­tion for schol­ar­ship money from Berklee for their third and fi­nal year at ICOM.

“Berklee comes to ICOM ev­ery year to of­fer our stu­dents schol­ar­ships based on pro­fi­ciency in their in­stru­ment. Many ICOM stu­dents in the past have re­ceived schol­ar­ships up to 50% of their tu­ition fees at Berklee. This schol­ar­ship is re­ally use­ful for both par­ents and stu­dents,” says op­er­a­tions vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Rav­i­maran Savari.

With over 20 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties rep­re­sented, ICOM is Asia’s lead­ing col­lege of mu­sic. With an ex­cel­lent track record of achieve­ments in ed­u­ca­tion to­gether with state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and highly qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ing staff, ICOM is an ex­cel­lent choice for those who wish to pur­sue mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion at the high­est stan­dards.

ICOM also of­fers the Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic (Hons) Pro­fes­sional Mu­sic, a val­i­dated un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme by Univer­sity of Wolver­hamp­ton, UK, Di­ploma in Busi­ness – Mu­sic In­dus­try and Cer­tifi­cate in Au­dio Pro­duc­tion. Ad­mis­sion for the Jan­uary 2014 in­take is now open. Clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tion for Malaysian stu­dents is Dec 20.

Po­ten­tial stu­dents and par­ents can con­tact ICOM at 03-4023 6000 or through ad­mis­sions@icom.edu.my to ar­range for a col­lege visit or for de­tails. Po­ten­tial stu­dents can sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tion on­line via http:// www.icom.edu.my/oas

Ev­ery mu­si­cian’s dream is to study at Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic.

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