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Berkshire Hills Music Academy

Berkshire Hills Music Academy
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Berkshire Hills Music Academy
48 Woodbridge Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
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Program Contact Jacqueline Deiana
Phone 413.540.9720 x 202

Berkshire Hills Music Academy is not a program of an accredited institution of higher education.  It does provide a post-secondary transition program as well as a long-term graduate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. BHMA offers a music-infused, "college-like" experience via the Two-Year Certificate Program for young adults between the ages of 18-30. Students reside in our dormitory or attend as day students, and participate in programming aimed at increasing their independence in the areas of life skills, social skills, and vocation. Many of our graduates choose to remain within our community as members of the LIVE (Long-term Independent Vocational Experience) program. All of our programming is complemented by daily music offerings that engage and motivate our students. The typical BHMA student has a diagnosis of a cognitive disability, a full scale IQ of 50-80, loves music, and is seeking a college-like program that will further their abilities and increase independence.

Public or private: Private
Type of school:

Life skills, job skills, music, arts, community

Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 65
Description of our summer transition program:

The optional eleven-week Summer Extension Program is open to students who have completed at least one year of our Two Year Certificate Program. There is an additional fee for the Summer Extension Program. Courses and offerings are a continuation of our academic year, and serve as a bridge for students who benefit from structured summer programming to retain skills.

Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-30
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, VCFS, CP, global developmental
Program length: Varies from student to student
Tuition amount: $50,000.00
Room and board: $19,500.00
Program specific fees: $1,500.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:
  • Paid general vocation opportunities
  • Paid music vocation opportunities
  • Paid vocational art program
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

All students participate in a streamlined, strucutured curriculum for two years rooted in functional academics; the third year and beyond are designed based on the goals and needs of the individual. Only students in our programs attend BHMA classes.

Time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Achievement
The credential(s) is/are: Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized on campus
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Best Buddies, The Boltwood Project, Special Olympics, gym & swimming outings, clubs: self-advocacy, languages, baking, hiking, movies and other student-driven groups

Last updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 15:13