Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics

July 7-19, 2015

The application for the 2015 program will be available in mid-December 2014. Please check back for updates!

The Berklee in Umbria Jazz Clinics is an opportunity to spend two weeks learning and improving your performance and musical skills with faculty from Berklee College of Music. With twelve days of intense classes and performances, this program provides aspiring musicians with hands-on educational experiences that can foster musical growth and development. All classes and ensembles are taught in the world-famous Berklee tradition with its emphasis on the use of jazz and contemporary music as the focal point for musical understanding.

The 2015 Berklee in Umbria Jazz Clinics represents the 30th year of the Berklee Umbria Jazz collaboration, which over the years has presented this remarkable educational opportunity to nearly 6,000 students from all over the world. Located in the beautiful city of Perugia in the center of the province of Umbria, Italy, the program brings together over two hundred students to form a community of musical dedication and enthusiasm that permits a shared learning experience unlike any other in Europe. Located in a school in a historic section of Perugia, a campus environment is created to emulate the learning environment of Berklee in Boston: performance classrooms are equipped with rhythm section instruments; large lectures are supported by audio, visual, and computerized presentations; a dedicated outdoor stage features daily concerts and jam sessions; and practice rooms and supportive staff and administrators assist students' individual needs. Additionally, all students will receive free passes to the main stage at Umbria Jazz Festival concerts, which are ongoing throughout the program.

All in all, the Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics program, combined with the 10-day Umbria Jazz Festival, affords a unique opportunity to learn by day and to listen by night – a rare educational and entertainment experience.

When and how do I apply?

  • The application will be live in mid-December 2014. Please check back for updates!
  • We will start issuing decisions in January. Please allow us three weeks to process your application. Once your application has been processed, we will notify you of your enrollment status by email. Please make sure the email address you register with is one that you check regularly.
  • Important: you must submit the online application to be considered for this program, even if you have participated in the program before.

What’s the program like?


  • Group Lessons: These daily one hour lessons will address topics normally included in traditional private lessons. As a student, you will receive instruction in instrumental technique (tone, articulation, intonation, expression, etc.), practice habits, and other related topics.
  • Vocal Program: This year’s new vocal program will feature three elite voice teachers focusing on style, technique, theory, and performance skills. As a voice student, you will have the option to study the style of your choice. In addition, you will have the unique opportunity to perform with a variety of ensemble combinations, including the gospel choir.
  • Ensembles: As a student in the program, you will have the opportunity to play in group settings with students of similar playing abilities. While the emphasis is on jazz, other styles (pop, rock, Latin, etc.) will be offered within the program. Ensembles will meet each day of the program, and you will perform in a concert during the final days of the event. All ensembles will perform on-stage within the Umbria Jazz Festival circuit at the conclusion of the program.
  • Theory and Improvisation: As a student in this program, you will be taught music theory and how to apply it to improvisation, performance, and musicianship. This daily class will provide you with a basic understanding of chord/scale relationships in direct correlation with the improvement of your aural skills.


  • Master Classes: These will be lectures/demonstrations by Berklee faculty and guest artists from the festival on various aspects of performing, improvisation, composition and personal experience. There will be a wide variety of topics, and at times there may be group participation. Questions and group discussion will encompass part of the class, providing you with an opportunity to explore the artists' opinions and strategies for success.
  • Jam Sessions: These daily "after hours" jam sessions will be informal performances on the Berklee stage. These informal sessions will be open to all students.
  • Scholarships and Awards: In honor of the 30th anniversary of the event, Berklee will be offering several scholarship opportunities including one (1) full tuition scholarship to the undergraduate program in Boston, as well as one (1) full tuition scholarship to the Contemporary Performance Master's program in Valencia, Spain. In addition, partial tuition scholarships will be awarded towards the undergraduate program in Boston, and a limited number of full tuition scholarships will be offered to our Five Week Summer Performance Program in Boston.  In order to be considered for these scholarship opportunities, students must be invited to participate in a live audition and interview with Berklee faculty and staff.  Due to limited audition and interview spaces, applicants will be screened based on their application and their subsequent performance in the program.  Awards will be announced on the final day of the program at the graduation ceremony.

  • Graduation Ceremonies and Concerts: The final three days of the program feature a series of concerts in which all students and all ensembles participate. Concerts will be held on the Berklee stage and also on an Umbria Jazz Festival stage. Families of the students are invited to attend these concerts.

Who are the instructors?

All instructors are Berklee faculty members, including:

How much does it cost?

Tuition is 490 euros.

Where will I stay?

Students are required to make their own housing arrangements.  For information regarding hotels and apartments at special student rates, email or  For better rate opportunities, participants are encouraged to make housing arrangements early.

Payment for Accepted Students

Once accepted into the program, please visit the Umbria Jazz Clinics program website at for tuition payment instructions and all other information you might need. Your participation is not confirmed until your tuition payment is received.

Contact Information

Perugia, Italy:
Clara De Ferrari, 
c/o Segreteria
Associazione Umbria Jazz Clinics
Piazza Danti, 28
06122 Perugia, Italy
tel. +39 075 5724838
fax. +39 075 5722656
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (UTC)

Boston, Massachusetts, USA:

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
Office of Global Initiatives
+1 617 747-2700
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST)