Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop

Why should I attend?

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.

If you're also interested in enrolling at Berklee full time or attending any of Wooten's programs in Nashville, there are several benefits to attending the Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop:

  • Find out what it takes to succeed in music and at Berklee.
  • Study with Berklee faculty.
  • Learn more about Wooten’s bass/nature camp and concepts and ensure guaranteed acceptance into any of the more than 11 annual programs ranging in length from three days to three weeks.
  • Meet other musicians from around the world.
  • Get to know Boston, New England’s hub of culture and academia.
  • Learn about admission, audition, and scholarship requirements.

What’s the plan?

  • Start and end the day with lectures, lessons, and performances by Wooten and his team.
  • Faculty Concerts: Attend concerts performed by Berklee faculty members and a final concert by Wooten and his all-star band.
  • Ensemble: Gain rhythm-section performance experience through work in an ensemble setting.
  • Group Lesson: Develop instrumental skills specific to performing music on the bass. This class is taught in a group/master class setting.
  • Theory/Harmony/Ear Training: Experience the Wooten/Berklee approach to harmony as it applies to the bass.
  • Survey of Bass Styles: Gain a historical overview of bass in the rhythm section starting in the early 1900s.

On the last day of the program, friends and family are welcome to attend an afternoon concert presented by Victor Wooten and program participants, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Where will I eat and sleep?

Applicants who are 15 and older will be sent information and an application for residence hall housing once accepted to the program. Most program participants elect to stay in the Berklee residence halls; however, space is limited. To optimize your chances for on-campus housing, you must return the housing application immediately upon receiving it.

To be eligible to live in the residence hall, you must be 15 years of age by the start of the program. If you apply to the program after mid-May, call the Housing Office at 617 747-2292 to find out if residence hall space is still available.