Music Teacher Essay Contest

What is Berklee Online?

Berklee Online is the online school of Berklee College of Music, delivering access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. We are the world’s largest online music school—30,000+ musicians from more than 140 countries have taken our courses—but classes never have more than 20 students per section.

Who is Berklee Online designed for?

Our programs provide lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry. The courses range from beginner to advanced graduate level

What kind of subjects are taught?

Hundreds of study options are available in subjects including songwriting, music production, music business, music theory, guitar, voice, arranging, harmony, ear training, electronic music production, bass, keyboard, drums, contemporary writing, and more.

Do online students receive the benefits of an on-campus Berklee education?

Absolutely! Just like the students studying on Berklee’s campus, Berklee Online students receive instruction from the same world-renowned faculty, guidance from Berklee-trained academic advisors, and the opportunity to walk at Commencement.

What is the process to apply for/enroll in a Berklee Online program or course?

Certificate programs and online courses are offered on an open enrollment basis. Simply complete the online enrollment form and provide payment prior to the course start date and you’re ready to go! Degree programs require an application and supporting documentation. See the Admission Requirements for more details.

Will I receive a Berklee ID and/or email address?

Berklee Online degree students are eligible to request a Berklee ID. Upon acceptance into the program, degree students are also given a berklee.edu email address.

Can I take non-credit courses in a certificate?

All courses in a certificate program must be taken for credit.

Can I waive some for-credit courses into a certificate?

Students must enroll in a certificate by paying the $175 certificate registration fee prior to completing the final course in the program. All for-credit courses that have been awarded a passing grade and that align with a certificate program may transfer into that program.

Can I upgrade from a lower-level certificate to a higher-level certificate?

Yes! Berklee Online offers two certificate options:
  1. CHANGE CERTIFICATE: When a student wants to change their lower-level certificate to a higher-level certificate (or vice versa) prior to the completion of the program. There are no additional fees for this option other than the cost of additional courses, and you will only earn one certificate upon completion.
  2. STARTING A NEW CERTIFICATE: When a student wants to earn more than one certificate by having the courses from their lower-level certificate waived into a higher-level certificate. In this case, an additional $175 registration fee is required.

Faculty

Who teaches Berklee Online courses?

Berklee faculty and seasoned professionals teach our courses. Our instructors are recognized experts in their respective fields—they’ve produced and engineered hundreds of artists and numerous award-winning projects, and several of their students have gone on to earn GRAMMY Award nominations.


Financial Aid

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Financial assistance is available for Berklee Online degree programs. This assistance may come from a variety of sources including federal awards, outside scholarships, and private loans.

Federal financial aid is not available for non-degree programs. Non-degree students typically finance their costs out-of-pocket or with a private loan. Review our payment options.


Graduation

What happens if I turn in my graduation application late? Do I still need to apply by December 1 even if I don’t want to walk in the Commencement ceremony?

Because we must coordinate with the Boston campus for Commencement, it is essential that students planning to walk in the ceremony submit their graduation application by 12:00 midnight ET on December 1. If you submit your application late, you will need to wait until the following year to walk.

We ask all students planning to graduate within the current academic year to apply for graduation by December 1, regardless of their plans to participate in Commencement. Late application for students who do not wish to walk will result in processing delays for your academic record and diploma, and your name may not be listed in the ceremony program.

What’s the difference between graduating and walking in Commencement?

Great question! Walking in Commencement and graduating are two separate things.

You can walk in Commencement when you are nine (9) credits or less away from completing your degree requirements by the end of the spring term. Please note: Berklee Online degree students are not required to walk in Commencement in Boston.

You graduate when you have met all of the following criteria:
  • Attained at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA in concentrate courses
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Fulfilled all program requirements AND completed a minimum of 120 credits for a single major or 165 for a dual major
  • Completed a minimum of 60 institutional credits for a single major or 105 institutional credits for a dual major
  • Fulfilled all financial obligations to the college
Note Walking across the stage in Commencement does not mean that you have graduated. You will not officially graduate and receive your diploma until you meet all of the eligibility requirements.

I just finished my last term at Berklee Online! What happens next? Is there anything I need to do?

Congratulations on finishing! If you have already filled out a graduation application, you will want to double-check the "Graduation Checklist" to ensure you have taken care of all of the various items associated with graduating. If you have not filled out a graduation application, you will need to do that as soon as possible. You will not be able to graduate until we have received and processed your graduation application.

When will I get my diploma?

You will receive your diploma within 6-8 weeks of completing your degree requirements. Please keep in mind that instructors have up to two (2) weeks to submit final grades after the term concludes.

Diplomas are mailed to the address you include on your graduation application. If your mailing address changes after you have submitted your graduation application, be sure to update us at graduation@online.berklee.edu.

Keep in mind that if you are walking in Commencement, you will not receive your official diploma at the ceremony.


Transfer Credits

Can I find out how many transfer credits I am eligible for before I apply to the degree program?

If you are interested in applying to the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program and would like an estimate of the amount of transfer credit you would receive, you can request an unofficial transfer evaluation by emailing a copy of your transcript(s) to the Berklee Online Transfer Team at transfer@online.berklee.edu. Be sure to include your name, major of interest, and any additional questions you may have. You can expect to receive your assessment within 7-10 business days.

I didn’t receive credit on my Official Evaluation for all of the courses that I thought I would. What should I do?

The earlier you contact us with questions or concerns regarding your evaluation, the easier it will be for us to address any issues. Therefore, it is very important when you first receive your official transfer evaluation that you review the information carefully.

If you notice a remaining requirement that you believe you’ve already fulfilled, first consult our document on Common Reasons Credit Does Not Transfer. It’s possible that the course you are thinking of didn’t meet our eligibility requirements.

If none of those exclusions apply, please fill out a Transfer Credit Equivalency Re-evaluation form for the courses you wish to have reconsidered.

Sometimes, we are not able to locate specific information for a course online and we are not able to determine an equivalency, but we are always happy to review additional material which will help us make that determination.

Do my Berklee Online, Berklee campus, or Prior Learning Credit coursework count towards the 60 transfer credit limit?

No, credits completed at Berklee or through the prior learning process do not count towards the 60 transfer credit limit. This maximum is for credit-bearing exams and undergraduate-level coursework completed externally.

What is a credit deficiency and why do I need to make up credit?

Credit deficiencies are caused by transferring a course that is less than three (3) credits to fulfill a three (3) credit Berklee Online requirement. Students with a credit deficiency will be short of the minimum number of credits required to graduate once they have completed their program requirements. In order to be eligible to graduate, you will need to make up the credits you are deficient in.

While the Transfer Team does their best to avoid giving students credit deficiencies, it is not always possible. You can make up the credits you are deficient in by completing additional Berklee Online coursework, by applying for prior learning credit, or by completing additional external coursework in the area in which you are deficient.

Note all external courses will first need to be approved by the Transfer Team.

Can transfer credit fulfill prerequisites?

It depends. Generally, transfer credit cannot be used to fulfill prerequisites unless we determine that the course you completed is a direct equivalent to one of the courses we offer at Berklee Online. Keep in mind that there are some courses which require you to pass a placement exam. For these you will need to achieve a passing grade on the test to fulfill the prerequisite, otherwise you will need to complete the appropriate Berklee Online course.

Can I transfer credits to Berklee Online after I have started the degree program?

Yes, you can. To determine if the coursework you already completed or are considering taking is eligible to fulfill your remaining degree requirements, contact the Transfer Team at transfer@online.berklee.edu.

I am a Berklee campus student. Can I transfer courses from Berklee Online to my campus-based program?

View a list of transferable courses to Berklee’s campus programs.

For additional questions about transferring courses from Berklee Online to Berklee's campus programs please contact the campus transcript evaluator at transfercredits@berklee.edu.

Are Berklee Online courses transferable to other institutions?

Berklee Online is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the same association that accredits our main campus and other leading academic institutions such as Harvard University and MIT. Our courses are transferable to other institutions, but it’s up to the receiving institution to decide the number and types of courses that may transfer. We recommend getting a course pre-approved by an institution before enrolling.


Tuition

How do Berklee Online’s costs compare to other education options?

Berklee Online’s programs have a tuition cost that is approximately 64 percent less than on-campus tuition at Berklee’s Boston campus. Moreover, a recent study revealed that the average annual tuition at for-profit colleges is more than twice as expensive as Berklee Online. Even average annual tuition at other accredited non-profit online universities is roughly $11,000 more expensive than tuition for a year with Berklee Online!

How much does a certificate program cost?

There is a one time $175 registration fee per certificate program. Students may either pay per course term (at the $1,479 per credit course cost) or pay in full to receive a 10 percent discount. The registration fee and all courses for the term you wish to begin in must be paid in full in order to begin.

How much does an online bachelor’s degree cost?

Online undergraduate degree tuition is $59,160 for 120 credits for all majors except the guitar major. Tuition for the guitar major is $63,660. Students taking 10 courses per year can complete the degree in four years at a cost of $14,790 per year. (Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.)

How much does an online master’s degree cost?

Online graduate degree tuition is $33,120 for 36 credits. The Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business programs are designed to be completed in one year of study. Both programs are comprised of 12 three-credit courses that can be taken during four 12-week semesters.

What is included in the cost of a course?

The cost for an individual course includes the tuition fee. The cost of required books, hardware or software must be purchased separately, unless it is stated that these costs are included with your enrollment. Some courses may include additional fees for files or content.

2016 Gold Medal Teacher Essay Contest

DEADLINE: April 8, 2016

The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library invites all elementary students to submit one essay in support of why their elementary school teacher or staff member deserves a gold medal!

This summer, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will be offering a summer reading program with the theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” To acknowledge the important and lasting impact that teachers and school staff members make on the lives of children, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is offering an opportunity this spring for elementary students to participate in an essay contest to nominate their teacher or school staff member to receive a “Gold Medal Teacher” award.

The “Gold Medal Teacher” Essay Contest is sponsored by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and is open to all Benton County K-5 students. The elementary school entrants must base their essay on the   following prompt:

Please describe why you think your teacher or school staff member deserves a gold medal.

The essay must be at least 100 words and is not to exceed 400 words. Essays may be typewritten and double-spaced or they may be neatly handwritten. The title is to appear as a heading on each page, but the student’s name must not appear on any page except the Entry Form Cover Sheet that must accompany each essay:

Corvallis Entry Form | Spanish Entry Form | Alsea Entry Form | Monroe Entry Form | Philomath Entry Form

Deadline:

Essays must be delivered to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on or before April 8, 2016. Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 8, 2016. Schools will be notified of winning entrants on or before April 22, 2016. Parents will be contacted on or before that date only if their child’s essay is selected.

Prizes:

Students with winning entries will receive a certificate. Honored teachers and school staff members will receive a certificate and a gold medal award.


2016 Teacher Essay Contest Winners:

Local Teachers Recognized in the Gold Medal Teacher Essay Contest Held by Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

We are thrilled to announce that the following local elementary teachers and school staff members are winners in our second Teacher Essay Contest held by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library:
Teacher/Staff MemberStudent
Jeff Parker, Corvallis Waldorf SchoolDora Boucher
Savannah Battro, Garfield Elementary SchoolCristina Prado Alvarez
Christy Bolden, Garfield Elementary SchoolFiona Skye McLeod
Diana Hammond, Garfield Elementary SchoolAndrea Castañeda Perez
David Harner, Garfield Elementary SchoolAlejandro Amador
Alleya Jack, Garfield Elementary SchoolSofia Sky Becerra
Alexia Kaye-Waggle, Garfield Elementary SchoolJosé Becíes Olaya
Mikaila Kummerow, Garfield Elementary SchoolAmanda-Abigail Hernandez-Orozco
Gavin Lorens, Garfield Elementary SchoolAlaina Babbar-Sebens
Kim Meyers, Garfield Elementary SchoolHaley Washburn
Sherry Newton, Garfield Elementary SchoolRyder Clow
Becca Stark, Garfield Elementary SchoolDaisy Lake
Liz Miller, Jefferson Elementary SchoolCleo Sandler
Mo Ruzek, Jefferson Elementary SchoolLife Skills Program Primary Students
Maria Adams, Lincoln Elementary SchoolZarina Bistrika
Sami Arnst, Lincoln Elementary SchoolMadrone Ridling
Jennifer Carpenter, Lincoln Elementary SchoolLincoln McManus
Adriana Espinosa, Lincoln Elementary SchoolKate Staffieri
Rachel Frazier, Lincoln Elementary SchoolRachel B. Groom
Armida Guerrero, Lincoln Elementary SchoolVictoria Ayala Cabeza
Hilary Hernández, Lincoln Elementary SchoolJessica Gilpin
Mayra Juarez-Hernandez, Lincoln Elementary SchoolMia Jo Klinkhammer
Nancy Morales, Lincoln Elementary SchoolLeah Childress
Talia Pascuzzi, Lincoln Elementary SchoolQuincy Sahnow
Marilyn Polo, Lincoln Elementary SchoolFinn Hanson
Roxi Wolfe, Lincoln Elementary SchoolAbbie Brown
Jennifer Gray, Philomath Elementary SchoolReagan Chisholm
Kendall Lord, Philomath Elementary SchoolIsaac Avery
Abby Couture, Philomath Elementary SchoolJessica McLennan
Elaine Hall, Philomath Elementary SchoolAdele Beckstead
Alicia Moran, Philomath Elementary SchoolConnor Greeley
Melissa Patterson, Philomath Elementary SchoolHayley Gammon
Anna Bailey, Philomath Elementary SchoolTatum Pope
Molly Bell, Philomath Elementary SchoolHanna McDaniel
Cari DenHerder, Philomath Elementary SchoolColton Whittier
Ruth Mock, Philomath Elementary SchoolOwen Wood
Gina Morrison, Philomath Elementary SchoolChristian Eaton
Laura Heiken, Philomath Elementary SchoolCameron McLennan
C.A. Rath, Philomath Elementary SchoolZoe Ringwal
Sadie Mooney, Philomath Elementary SchoolSavannah Adams

 

We again received such excellent essay entries that we decided to award all nominated teachers and school staff. Our essay review committee recognized one student winner for those teachers and staff who received nominations from multiple students. To maintain the same level of enthusiasm that student entrants showed for their teachers, youth librarians from Corvallis-Benton County Public Library made surprise, in-person deliveries of the teacher and student prizes at each school with a winning teacher. Teachers and school staff members received a “You Make a Difference” medal and a signed certificate, and students received a signed certificate.

The essay contest was in celebration of this year’s summer reading program theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Students in Benton County were asked to write why they thought their teacher or school staff member deserved a gold medal. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s summer reading program is open to all ages, from birth to adults. Participate by picking up summer reading materials at your local library branch, starting June 1.

Contact Youth Services with any questions: 541-766-6794.


2015 Teacher Essay Contest Winners:

Local Teachers Recognized as Heroes in Student Essay Contest Held by Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

We are thrilled to announce that the following local elementary teachers are winners in the first-ever “My Teacher, My Hero” Essay Contest held by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library:
  • Rachel Sechler, nominated by essay winner, Jonny Junkins, at Ashbrook Independent School
  • Erin Kooyman, nominated by essay winner, Andrew Fernandez, at Ashbrook Independent School
  • Jennifer England, nominated by essay winner, Colin Reimer, at Franklin School
  • Mrs. Stark, nominated by essay winner, Gailen Garcia-Lewis, at Garfield Elementary School
  • Danielle Geissler, nominated by essay winner, Liza Fowler, at Garfield Elementary School
  • Matthew Criscione, nominated by essay winner, Eve Elwood, at Hoover Elementary School
  • Megan McQueen, nominated by essay winner, Cleo Sandler, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Debbie Birdseye, nominated by essay winner, Kate Middleton, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Kristin Erickson, nominated by essay winner, Liam Russell, at Jefferson Elementary School
  • Talia Pascuzzi, nominated by essay winner, Cruz Salcido, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Sami Arnst, nominated by essay winner, Samantha Marie Murk, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Rachel Frazier, nominated by essay winner, Mia J. Klinkhammer, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Marilyn Polo, nominated by essay winner, Enat Bluhm, at Lincoln Elementary School
  • Mary Lynn Roush, nominated by essay winner, Sara Schoeffler, at Mt. View Elementary School
  • Tammy Bumstead, nominated by essay winner, Melea Lattin, at Clemens Primary School
  • Laura Heiken, nominated by essay winner, Savannah Adams, at Philomath Elementary School
  • Elaine Hall, nominated by essay winner, Sophia Bauer, at Philomath Elementary School

We received such excellent and enthusiastic student entries that we decided to award all nominated teachers this year. Our essay review committee recognized one student winner for those teachers who received nominations from multiple students. To maintain the same level of enthusiasm that student entrants showed for their teachers, youth librarians from Corvallis-Benton County Public Library made surprise, in-person deliveries of the teacher and student prizes at each school with a winning teacher. Teachers received a Super Teacher t-shirt, and their nominating students received a special certificate.

This essay contest was in celebration of this year’s summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Students from area elementary schools were invited to nominate their teachers as local heroes, helping tell the stories of the heroic work their teachers do every day. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s summer reading program is open to all ages, from birth to adults. Participate by picking up summer reading materials at your local library branch.

Contact Youth Services with any questions: 541-766-6794.

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