Five-Week Summer Performance

What's the program like?

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.

For students who are also interested in enrolling at Berklee full-time, there are several benefits to attending Five-Week:

  • Audition for scholarships to Berklee during the program. Roughly $5 million in scholarships are awarded to Five-Week students auditioning for full-time enrollment.
  • Find out what it takes to succeed in music and at Berklee.
  • Study with Berklee faculty.
  • Learn about admission, audition, and scholarship requirements.
  • Gain access to Berklee facilities (library, concert halls, rehearsal and practice rooms, etc.)
  • Get a head start on your full-time studies.
  • Get to know Boston, New England's hub of culture and academia.

During Five-Week, you will be immersed in all aspects of performance. Your classes, workshops, and ensembles will focus on this important side of your musicianship. You will play in a band, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve your instrumental craft in weekly private lessons, and participate in classes and demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists.

Five-Week emphasizes the mastery of playing or singing performance skills in your chosen style of contemporary music: jazz, pop, rock, funk, fusion, R&B, country, musical theater, bluegrass, etc. Learn and develop your skills through your individual studies and work with other musicians of similar training and ability. Whether you are an experienced performer or someone who has never been in front of an audience, you can improve your performance skills by attending Five-Week. The focus is on you and what you want to say and do through your music, in an environment that is all about performance.

You can choose to study from the following styles:

  • Jazz -Repertoire will focus on music drawn from jazz standards, the Great American Song Book, blues, Latin, and modal jazz compositions by a wide range of important jazz artists including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, and others.
  • Pop/Rock - Repertoire will focus on music drawn from important performers, including Eric Clapton, Adele, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Black Keys, Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, U2, and more.
  • Funk/Fusion (instrumentalists only) - Repertoire will focus on music drawn from important performers and groups such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, the Chick Corea Elektric Band, the Pat Metheny Group, John Scofield, Medeski Martin & Wood, and others.
  • Pop/R&B (vocalists only) - Repertoire will focus on music drawn from important performers such as Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Usher, Robert Glasper Experiment, John Legend, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Christina Aguilera, and others.

In all styles, ensemble performance will be driven by the specific interests of the students involved.

Housing and Meals

Acceptance to the program does not guarantee a residence hall space. Applying for residence hall housing is a separate process. A limited number of housing applications and related information will be mailed to accepted applicants beginning in March until residence halls reach full capacity. Participants who will require on-campus housing are strongly encouraged to apply to the program by March 1, and upon receiving a housing application, should return it immediately in order to secure a space in the residence hall. Due to limited availability, residence hall space fills up quickly. To be eligible to live in a residence hall, you must be 15 years of age by the start of the program. 

For questions concerning residence hall housing, call the Housing Office at 617 747-2292. If you do not secure housing in Berklee's residence halls, please contact the Office of Summer Programs at 617 747-2245 for information on alternative housing.