All Summer Programs

Five-Week Summer Performance Program

July 12–August 15, 2014

Join musicians from more than 70 countries for the summer of a lifetime. The focus is on you and what you want to say with your music in an environment that is pure performance. Immerse yourself in your chosen style and study with world-class faculty and visiting artists in state-of-the-art facilities. You’ll play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, and improve your technique in weekly private lessons.

The Five-Week Program is a pre-college course ideally suited to high school students but open to all eligible applicants. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have at least six months of playing (or singing) experience. Most students are of high school and college age.

Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop

June 13–15, 2014

Would you like your bass lines to groove? Would you like to play music as fluently as you speak your native language? Regardless of your playing style, Victor Wooten and his team of innovative instructors join forces with Berklee's world-class faculty to help you take your playing to the next level. Wooten and his longtime musical and educational collaborator Steve Bailey, Berklee's Bass Department chair, have created a fusion of cutting-edge educational concepts from two of the world's leading institutions: the Victor Wooten Center for Music and Nature and Berklee College of Music.

Bass Lines welcomes players of any level of experience, including beginners. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Berklee American Roots Weekend

June 20–22, 2014

Learn from Berklee faculty and some of the world’s leading roots musicians and educators. You’ll play and explore in depth a wide variety of roots music styles, including bluegrass, blues, folk, country, acoustic jazz, etc. Through participation in ensembles, labs, and group lessons, you will be developing your improvisational and reading skills.

Mark O’Connor/Berklee Summer String Programs

June 23–27, 2014 and June 27-29, 2014

Learn from Mark O’Connor and some of the world’s leading string virtuosos and educators from the Berklee String Department and across the country. You’ll explore in depth a wide variety of string styles, including folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, old time, and Celtic. You’ll study with instructors in small class settings and explore new musical styles and techniques under expert guidance. 

Sessions are designed to accommodate players in first grade and older, across a wide range of achievement levels.

Berklee Percussion Festival

June 16–20, 2014

Whether you play drum set, steelpan, marimba, or vibraphone, you’ll take your percussion to a new plane with this program. The festival will hook you up with new methods and techniques for rhythm, improvisation, percussion craft, effects, sound, and performance skills.

The Berklee Percussion Festival will admit students and teachers of all levels, including those with little or no playing experience in percussion. People of all ages are welcome to attend, but you must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

The Business of Music

June 20–21, 2014

The recording industry. New marketing strategies. Music entrepreneurship. These are just a few of the topics you’ll get an inside perspective on through this two-day workshop covering the business, legal, and technological issues affecting independent record production, record companies, music publishing, talent management, concert promotion, and the changes brought by the move to digital. You’ll also learn how to create an interactive website and promote your band with it, the emerging DIY business models, and techniques for using social media.

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Vocal Summit

June 23–26, 2014

Your voice: it’s your instrument. Explore the world of contemporary vocal music in your pick of style: pop/rock/country, R&B, jazz, musical theater, or a cappella. Open to vocalists, singer-songwriters, and instrumentalists who sing, this four-day program will provide you with instruction in vocal technique, style, performance skills, singing with a band, group singing, and a cappella performance.

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Songwriting Workshop

June 26–29, 2014

Immerse yourself in the art of songwriting. You’ll get schooled in song forms, melodies, the interaction and use of rhythm and harmony, lyric writing, and the latest technological advances in the craft. You’ll also learn about TV and film song placement and the tools you’ll need to place your own songs and start earning royalties in this ever-changing industry.

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program. The classes are varied and designed to provide information for songwriters of all experience levels.

Stage Performance Workshop

June 27–June 29, 2014

You may have heard about that elusive “x factor.” Everyone has one—let’s find yours. There are key elements that will help you stand out from the crowd when you audition for that competition, scholarship, part, or gig. But landing the gig is only half of it; Once you’re in, you’ll be expected to put on a great performance each and every time. This program will show you what it takes to make each and every stage performance count.

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have at least six months of playing (or singing) experience.

Musical Theater Summer Intensive

June 28–July 3, 2014

Do you dream of taking the stage in a musical production? You can hone your theater chops with professional-level musical performance training in this six-day course, culminating in a showcase at the Berklee Performance Center. The week is filled with core classes and electives, Q&A sessions with visiting musical theater artists, and a rigorous rehearsal schedule.

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Paquito D'Rivera/Berklee Latin Jazz Program

July 6-10, 2014

Learn from Paquito D'Rivera and some of the world’s leading Latin music musicians and educators. You’ll explore in depth a wide variety of Latin music styles, including: Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, South American, and other Caribbean genres. You’ll play in ensembles, labs, and group lessons, developing improvisational and reading skills.

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Guitar Sessions

July 6–11, 2014

Get ready for a practical, hands-on playing experience through a variety of classes, clinics, and performance activities featured as part of the largest, most comprehensive guitar program available—anywhere. You’ll be placed in performance ensembles with guitarists of similar training, stylistic interest, and ability. 

You must be at least 15 years of age by the start of the program and have at least two years of playing experience. This program is not meant for bass guitarists.

Berklee Day Sessions

July 7–August 1, 2014

It’s never too early to get a taste of Berklee. For middle school students (ages 12-14) of all levels, styles, and backgrounds, Berklee offers a flexible day session format available in one-, two-, three-, and four-week sessions. This program has been designed with the musical development of the middle school student in mind.

English as a Second Language Program

July 12–August 28, 2014

Study English while developing as a musician and artist. Prepare for college while earning college credit. Berklee’s English as a Second Language Program integrates the study of English language, literature, and culture with the study of music performance or art and art history.  

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Music Production Workshop

July 18–20, 2014

Immerse yourself in the labs and surround studios of electronic production and design and the recording and mixing studios of music production and engineering during this weekend of intensive workshops covering the many facets of music production technology. 

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Berklee Piano/Keyboard Workshop

August 18–21, 2014

Be prepared for a full immersion in piano and keyboard playing. Study piano, keyboard/synthesizer, or Hammond organ and develop your skills in improvisation, performance, chord theory, ensemble playing, and synthesizer technology through this dynamic workshop. You’ll be exposed to a variety of styles, including jazz, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop, funk, Latin, and fusion. 

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have at least two years of playing experience.

Twelve-Week Full-Credit Summer Program

May 20–August 15, 2014

Join other serious music students from all over the world and get a comprehensive taste of Berklee with the Full-Credit Summer Program. In just 12 weeks, you will complete the first semester of Berklee’s regular college-level core curriculum. This is a unique opportunity, as normally you must be a full-time student in order to earn a full semester of credits. 

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have at least two years of playing experience.

Berklee in Los Angeles: It's All in the Song 

July 22–26, 2014

The Berklee in Los Angeles program will guide the aspiring musician in a variety of aspects in songwriting, stage performance, production, and the business of music.   

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have at least one year of experience on your principal instrument or voice. Most students who attend this program are of high school age.

Berklee in Los Angeles: Contemporary Performance Program

July 28–August 1, 2014

The contemporary musician:  What are the stylistic considerations? 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?

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have at least one year of experience on your principal instrument or voice. Most students who attend this program are of high school age.