Berklee in Santo Domingo


January 7-12, 2014

*Note: The application deadline for this program in 2014 has passed. Decisions will be sent by email no later than Monday, December 2, 2013.

What is the program like?
This program is open to residents of the Dominican Republic only. What are the stylistic considerations of improvisation? Who does it? How do we learn it? How does it relate to the composers' craft? Why should all instrumentalists—drummers, guitarists, bassists, pianists, wind players, string players and vocalists—strive to be well-rounded artists?

These questions will be our guide as Berklee College of Music presents its first Berklee on the Road workshop at the National Conservatory in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The workshop is for all musicians—from classical to pop and rock to jazz and more—interested in learning to be the best musicians they can be.
Berklee in Santo Domingo will present classes in lecture and master class formats on topics such as instrumental technique, improvisation, and harmony. Students will then apply these skills in ensembles and special lectures.

Conservatorio Nacional de Música
César Nicolás Penson
Esquina Avenida Tiradentes
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

Who are the instructors?
The program will be taught by Berklee faculty members and special guest artists.

What's the schedule?
Classes will generally run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Concerts and jam sessions will take place in the late afternoon and evening.

Harmony and Chord Scales: This lecture will demonstrate how to use contemporary harmony and chord scales to enhance your performance, improvisation, comping, and writing skills.

Instrumental Technique: Students will participate in classes covering techniques specific to their instrument. Insights into practicing and improvisation will be presented.

Ensembles: Each student will be assigned an ensemble in order to apply the skills they learned in lecture classes. All students will perform in a final concert at the end of the program.

Special Lectures: Faculty and special guest artists will present master classes on the topics of composition, arranging, and songwriting. Students will work in a helpful, noncritical environment with faculty who are world-renowned for their knowledge, teaching skills, and empathy with students.

Evening Jams: Participants will be given the opportunity to play with other musicians in jam sessions. Times will be announced prior to the program.

Is it for me? Am I eligible?
This program is open to residents of the Dominican Republic only. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program, and have been playing your instrument (or singing) for a minimum of six months to attend the program. All applicants will need to submit supporting material demonstrating their musical experience and abilities. The preferred format will be links to videos demonstrating your musical abilities.

Where will I stay?
Students are required to make their own housing arrangements.

How much does it cost?
Free to all admitted students.

When and how do I apply?
The application deadline for this program in 2014 has passed.

When will I know if I've been accepted into the program?

Decisions will be announced no later than Monday, December 2, 2013. Information will be sent to you by email.

Contact information

Office of International Programs
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street, MS-855 IP
Boston, Massachusetts 02215-3693, U.S.A.
Telephone: + 1 617 747-2700 or
Toll-free at 877-Berklee (U.S. and Canada)

Dominican Republic
Ministry of Culture
Avenida George Washington esquina Presidente Vicini Burgos
Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Número de teléfono: 809 221 4141 extensión 309