English Language for Musicians
Study English while developing as a musician and artist. Prepare for college while earning college credit. This program includes English language classes and cultural immersion along with private lesson instruction and ensemble performance.
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Thursday, August 27, 2015
15 years and older
Berklee's English Language for Musicians program is open to all, and is especially for students who have been accepted to, or are planning to apply for, full-time study at Berklee. All instrumentalists and singers must have at least six months of experience to participate.
International students are required to obtain a valid Form I-20 and F-1 student visa to enroll in this program. You may not participate in the program on a tourist visa. Participants traveling from abroad should visit the International Student Information page for important visa requirements.
The program includes two basic components: a language program and a music program.
- Five hours of daily instruction in English, Monday through Friday.
- Music-based English language curriculum focusing on:
- Reading comprehension
- Weekly private instrument/music lesson
- Participation in an ensemble
- Performance perspectives
- Weekly jam session with full-time Berklee students
In addition, a required Berklee course, Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry, will help you investigate what it means to be an artist as you consider your own artistic path. You will also develop skills to be successful in college and at Berklee. The course will be taught in English and is designed with you, as a student of English, in mind.
Together, these components will help you improve your English skills in all areas. You will study English, you will study music, and you will take part in activities that help you learn beyond the classroom, such as attending the Newport Jazz Festival, visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and enjoying the grand finale: a boat cruise jam session along Boston's Charles River. All along the way, you will be learning from experts, including visiting artists and performers.
Personal attention, close interaction with faculty, and extracurricular events help you learn the English language in a relaxed and fun way.
You will receive six semester hours for successful completion of Berklee's English as a Second Language program. These credits apply to liberal arts elective requirements for students matriculating into the baccalaureate program at Berklee College of Music. The Berklee registrar will assist students in transferring credits to other colleges and universities, as applicable.
International students are required to obtain a valid form I-20 and F-1 student visa to enroll in this program. You may not participate in the program on a tourist visa. Find the necessary visa information and related forms here.
All participants are requested to perform a placement audition during registration. Please be prepared to play a short piece of music no more than three minutes in length. You do not need to read music, but if you do, you will be asked to demonstrate your skills in this area.
Berklee offers a limited number of merit-based performance scholarships to the Berklee ESL Program. If you are seeking financial assistance, you must first register and then complete an online application to the program. Once the online application has been received and processed, you will be emailed detailed information regarding the online scholarship application requirements and a link to submit your material to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship applicants are required to submit links of a maximum of three (3) YouTube performances. Scholarships awarded for this program range from $500 to $1,500.
The Scholarship Committee will award music students who are most likely to benefit from the program based on the their demonstrated talent and potential, with preference given to students enrolled in high school or secondary school.
All program participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a live audition during the program in order to receive scholarship consideration for Berklee’s full-time program or next year’s Five-Week Program.