Berklee City Music Boston
From middle school and high school students to seniors getting ready for college, Berklee City Music in Boston offers a series of age- and level-appropriate programs that make a positive impact on students’ lives year after year. Since its launch in 1991, Berklee City Music has provided a continuing learning experience kids take with them for life.
With year-round instruction, expert faculty, individualized mentoring, and a comprehensive curriculum, students are set up for success. City Music students receive access to the Berklee media center, library facilities, and a selection of master classes and workshops with visiting artists, and participate in annual student performances such as City Music Blowout Concert and Festival and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
City Music is available to youth in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lawrence, Lynn, or Somerville. Applicants must have access to their own instrument and demonstrate a passion for learning music.
- City Music Mentoring Program
Provides music theory classes and one-on-one instrumental and vocal coaching to kids grades 7-12 and helps foster confidence and discipline throughout the school year. All programming takes place on the Berklee campus on weekdays after school.
- City Music Preparatory Academy
A more comprehensive program for kids grades 4-8 combining the PULSE music curriculum with activities that introduce students to both the college experience and the High School Academy. Programming takes place at the Boston Arts Academy on Saturdays.
- City Music High School Academy
An advanced, intensive program for continuing City Music students. It brings the Berklee experience into the lives of promising young musicians grades 9-12. Most graduating seniors go on to study at various institutions around the country, including Berklee College of Music.
- City Music Summer Scholarship
Gives students in the Berklee City Music program an opportunity for a full scholarship to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, where they get a leg up on their musical and college pursuits.
- City Music College Scholarship
Gives Berklee City Music graduates an opportunity for a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. The scholarship is an opportunity for students to pursue their dreams and aspire to excel in music as a career.
- City Music Faculty Outreach
Provides student enrichment and extra support to public music programs and teachers. Students get a wide range of instruction—from private lessons to integrated technology—and many students then enroll in the on-campus City Music program for more rigorous study. Currently, Faculty Outreach is offered to grades 4-12 in Boston Public Schools.