VIDEO: Take 5—A Real Berklee Summer Music Experience

By 
Berklee Office of Communications
May 26, 2010

So, you want to learn more about the Berklee experience? Or maybe you're interested in auditioning for the Five-Week Summer Performance Program but you don't know too much about it. We're about to give you a behind-the-scenes look with Take 5, a behind-the-scenes documentary. Here's the trailer:

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Episode 1: Meet the Musicians

Five weeks. Six musicians. One dream. This is Take 5! Meet our cast members from around the country and find out what it takes to make the cut for Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Episode 2: From the Top

Follow our cast members as they settle into their new homes in Boston. There's no time for lounging as they hit the ground running, meeting their new ensembles, and getting the first taste of the tunes they'll be performing in the Blowout concert. It's only four weeks away! The countdown has begun.

Episode 3: Center Stage

Austin and Aaron get lost in the city. Tasmine tackles a Beyoncé cover. Ashton and Ashwa audition for solos. And Kadeem works out some kinks. Two weeks remain. It’s time for our stars to get their acts tight!

Episode 4: The Final Week

This is it. The final week—a rapid fire of rehearsals, classes, performances and sound checks, all leading to backstage at the Berklee Performance Center. Excitement and nerves are at an all-time high as our cast members prepare to hit the stage.

Episode 5: The Big Night!

After five weeks of hard work, the Blowout Concert is finally here. Watch our cast members take the spotlight in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 people. And see which seniors walk away with a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music!

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The Backstory

In the summer of 2009, the PULSE team picked six City Music students from around the country and had them film their lives throughout the Five-Week Summer Performance Program. The result is Take 5, a five-part documentary series that gives viewers an up-close-and-personal look at what it takes to become a Berklee musician.

Episodes will be released monthly on the Berklee website along with supplementary educational materials for students and teachers.