Instrumental 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 players of any level of experience, including beginners, are welcome. 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 a wide variety of string styles in depth, 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.

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 genresYou’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 Piano/Keyboard Workshop

August 18–21, 2014

Be prepared for full immersion in playing the piano and keyboard. 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.