All Summer Programs

Five-Week Summer Performance Program

July 11–August 14, 2015

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 12–14, 2015

Would you like your bass lines to groove? Victor Wooten and his team of esteemed instructors join forces with Berklee's world-class faculty to help take your playing to the next level. Wooten and his longtime collaborator Steve Bailey, Berklee's Bass Department chair, have created a fusion of cutting-edge educational concepts from Berklee and the Victor Wooten Center for Music. Take away valuable skills and knowledge while exploring a range of bass styles.

The program, also known as 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.

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Berklee American Roots Weekend

June 25–28, 2015

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

Berklee Summer String Program

June 22-27, 2015

Learn from some of the world’s leading string virtuosos and educators. Under the direction of David Wallace, chair of the Berklee String Department, you’ll engage in in-depth exploration of a wide variety of string styles, including folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, old time, and Celtic. Expand your musical horizons and discover new performance possibilities as a string player. You’ll study with instructors in small class settings and explore new musical styles and techniques under expert guidance. 

Berklee Percussion Festival

June 19–21, 2015

Whether you play drum set, hand percussion, steelpan, marimba, or vibraphone, explore all the possibilities in a world of rhythm. The festival will enrich your repertoire with different methods for improvisation, percussion craft, effects, sound, rhythm, and performance skills. Through clinics, concerts, and personalized ensemble instruction, Berklee's faculty and visiting artists will guide you through a variety of styles and take your percussion skills to the next level.

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 19–20, 2015

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. Topics covered include 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. Take away new strategies to promote your band using social medial, interactive websites, and emerging DIY business models. 

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

Vocal Summit

June 25–28, 2015

Your voice: it’s your instrument. Explore the world of contemporary vocal music in your choice 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

July 6-10, 2015

Immerse yourself in the art of songwriting. Hone your craft in song forms, melodies, the interaction and use of rhythm and harmony, lyric writing, and the latest technological advances. Under the direction of Bonnie Hayes, chair of Berklee's Songwriting Department, you will receive expert support and feedback on your original material from veteran songwriters and industry professionals. You’ll also learn about the tools you’ll need to place your songs in TV and film and to start earning royalties.

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 29–July 1, 2015

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 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

August 16-20, 2015

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 five-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, 2015

Paquito D’Rivera, a groundbreaking crossover artist who merges jazz and Latin music and has won 12 Grammy Awards, joins some of the world’s leading Latin jazz instrumentalists and educators to teach you the history, rhythms, and technique of this high-energy genre. Travel the world of Latin jazz and explore in-depth a wide variety of music styles, including salsa, samba, cha cha cha, bossa nova, and mambo. Learn directly from the masters and collaborate with other students in ensemble, lab, and group lesson settings.

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

Guitar Sessions

August 16-20, 2015

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 6–July 31, 2015

It’s never too early to get a taste of Berklee. For middle school students of all levels, styles, and backgrounds, Berklee offers a flexible day-session format available in one-, two-, three-, and four-week sessions. You must be 12-14 years old by the start of the program and have at least six months of playing or singing experience.

English as a Second Language Program

July 11–August 29, 2015

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. 

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

Music Production Workshop

July 17–19, 2015

Immerse yourself in the labs and surround studios of electronic production and design and the recording and mixing studios of music production and engineering. Topics in this weekend of intensive workshops include audio and MIDI production, multitrack mixing techniques, and scoring to picture.

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

Berklee Piano/Keyboard Workshop

August 17–20, 2015

Be prepared for a full immersion in piano, keyboard, and Hammond organ performance. 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 26–August 14, 2015

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 and earn a full semester of college credits. All participants must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program. 

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

July 20–24, 2015

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. Through both individual and team efforts, students will work through the processes and techniques involved in writing, producing, and marketing a song from conception to completion. Lectures and ensemble sessions will range from song form and lyric analysis to using various tools to facilitate the creative process, including introductions to music software and the fundamental procedures of a recording studio. Berklee’s Music Business/Management Department will tie it all up by introducing you to the business tools necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing music industry.

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 27–July 31, 2015

What are the stylistic considerations for the contemporary musician? 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 in this workshop for all musicians—from classical to pop, rock to jazz, and more—interested in learning how to be the best they can be in the contemporary music styles. Classes will be 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.

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.