Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics

July 5–17, 2016


The Berklee in Umbria Jazz Clinics are an opportunity to spend two weeks learning and improving your performance and musical skills with Berklee faculty. With twelve days of intense classes and performances, this program provides aspiring musicians with hands-on educational experiences that can foster musical growth and development. All classes and ensembles are taught in the world-famous Berklee tradition with its emphasis on the use of jazz and contemporary music as the focal point for musical understanding.

The 2016 Berklee in Umbria Jazz Clinics represents the 31st year of the Berklee Umbria Jazz collaboration, which over the years has presented this remarkable educational opportunity to nearly 6,200 students from all over the world. Located in the beautiful city of Perugia in the center of the province of Umbria, Italy, the program brings together over two hundred students to form a community of musical dedication and enthusiasm that permits a shared learning experience unlike any other in Europe. Located in a school in a historic section of Perugia, a campus environment is created to emulate the learning environment of Berklee in Boston: performance classrooms are equipped with rhythm section instruments; large lectures are supported by audio, visual, and computerized presentations; a dedicated outdoor stage features daily concerts and jam sessions; and practice rooms and supportive staff and administrators assist students' individual needs. Additionally, all students will receive free passes to the main stage at Umbria Jazz Festival concerts, which are ongoing throughout the program.

All in all, Berklee in Umbria Jazz Clinics, combined with the 10-day Umbria Jazz Festival, affords a unique opportunity to learn by day and to listen by night—a rare educational and entertainment experience.