Music Production, Business, and Songwriting Programs

Five-Week Summer Performance Program

Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program, now in its 28th year, is the largest, most comprehensive summer music program available—anywhere. The Five-Week Program, with its diversity of study options, world-class Berklee faculty, visiting artists, and state-of-the-art facilities, is the premier contemporary music summer program for young musicians. Each summer, approximately 1000 participants from across the United States and more than 70 countries around the world share in this unique summer experience—encompassing all instruments, all contemporary styles, and all levels of musical ability. The Five-Week Program is your opportunity to experience the summer of a lifetime at the world’s most prestigious institution for the study of contemporary music.

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.

The Business of Music

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 on by the move to digital music. You’ll also learn how to create an interactive website and promote your band with it, emerging DIY business models, and techniques for using social media.

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

Music Production Workshop

Immerse yourself in the labs and studios of electronic production and design as well as 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.

Songwriting Workshop

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.

Watch 2014 American Idol contestant Sam Woolf perform "The Same" at the Berklee Five-Week Singer-Songwriter Showcase:

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

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

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.