Berklee in Puerto Rico
Presented by Make Music Happen
May 30–June 4, 2023
Applications for the 2023 Berklee in Puerto Rico program are open!
The Berklee in Puerto Rico program offers you access to the Berklee method of music education, encompassing theory, ear training, improvisation, ensemble performance, and instrumental instruction. During the program, you may also audition and interview to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
When and how do I apply?
Applications for the 2023 Berklee in Puerto Rico program are now open.
Those who submit their application by the preferred filing deadline of Thursday, April 13, 2023, will receive their decision on Friday, April, 21, 2023. Applications submitted after this date may be considered for any open spaces in the program. Students are encouraged to submit their application by the deadline
Am I eligible?
This program is open to residents of Puerto Rico only. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program, and you must have been playing your instrument (including singing, if you are a vocalist) for a minimum of six months to attend the program. You will need to submit supporting material demonstrating your musical experience and abilities. The preferred format is links to videos or audio demonstrating your musical abilities.
What is the program like?
The Berklee in Puerto Rico program includes the following:
- Harmony and Chord Scales: This lecture will demonstrate how to use contemporary harmony and chord scales to enhance your performance, improvisation, comping, and writing skills.
- Instrumental technique classes: You will participate in classes covering techniques specific to your instrument. Insights into practicing and improvisation will be presented.
- Ensembles: You will be assigned to an ensemble so you can apply the skills you've learned in lecture classes. You will perform in a final concert at the end of the program.
- Special lectures: Faculty and special guest artists will present master classes on the topics of composition, arranging, and songwriting. You will work in a helpful, noncritical environment with faculty who are world-renowned for their knowledge, teaching skills, and empathy with students.
Berklee in Puerto Rico is made possible with generous support from Berklee alumnus and program founder Luis Alvarez ’83.
What are the Berklee in Puerto Rico program tracks?
This year, Berklee will offer a standard performance track, and a college-credit performance track.
All candidates will receive the same evaluation process, regardless of their preference for program track, so when you fill out the application, please select the option that interests you the most. Applicants who are not accepted to the college credit track may still be accepted to the standard performance program.
Learn more about each of the options below.
Standard Performance Program (Tuition: $75 USD)
This is the main performance program. Participants in the standard program take classes in instrumental or vocal technique, theory, and improvisation, and participate in an ensemble that will perform as part of the final concert on the last day of the program. See more details in the "What is the program like?" section.
Performance Program for College Credit Track (Tuition: $250 USD)
A limited number of places are available in a track that allows eligible applicants to take the performance program for one college credit. This track is aimed toward students in high school or early in their college or university studies. Participants who successfully complete this track earn one college credit to be used toward future studies at Berklee or any institution that will accept this type of credit.
Participants who are accepted into this track, in addition to taking the standard schedule of classes for the performance program, will have an additional requirement for a final presentation to the special lecture group as part of their afternoon classwork. They will be evaluated on both their performance in the final concert with their ensemble and their final presentation. Applicants who are accepted to this track will receive complete details after receiving their program decision. Applicants who are not accepted to the for-credit program may still be accepted to the standard program.
How much does it cost?
- Standard Performance Program: $75 USD
- Performance Program for College Credit: $250 USD
Where is it located?
Escuela Libre de Música Antonio Paoli (ELMAP)
Avenida José Villares Esquina Rafael Cordero #500
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Who are the program faculty members?
- Fernando Huergo, Professor of Bass and Program Academic Director
- Consuelo Candelaria-Barry, Associate Professor of Ensembles (piano)
- Shirazette Tinnin, Associate Professor of Percussion (drum set)
- Kevin Barry, Assistant Professor of Guitar
- Eguie Castrillo, Associate Professor of Percussion
- Kaimy Masse, Assistant Professor of Ensembles (voice)
- Yulia Musayelyan, Assistant Chair of Ear Training (guest lectures and ensembles)
- Daryl Lowery, Professor of Ear Training (woodwinds)
- Jason Palmer, Assistant Professor of Ensembles (trumpet)
- Jason Camelio, Assistant Vice President for Global Initiatives (trombone)
What's the schedule?
Classes will generally run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day from Tuesday through Saturday, with a one-hour break for lunch. Information for the final concert and closing ceremony on Sunday will be provided to students once they are accepted to the program.
Where will I stay?
You are required to make your own housing arrangements.
Who can I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact:
Berklee Global Initiatives
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street, MS-855 GI
Boston, MA 02215-3693 U.S.A.
Telephone: 617-747-2700, or toll-free: 877-Berklee (U.S. and Canada)