Information about Berklee Latino

Berklee Latino in Mexico City
June 15–20, 2015

Latin music is one of the most prominent styles in today’s music industry. The Berklee Latino program gives you an opportunity to explore the essence of Latin music. The program offers two areas of focus: performance or songwriting and music production. You will get the opportunity to elect which track to participate in during the application process.

This program, taught in Spanish, is intended to improve your musical ability and offer basic tools to take your knowledge of Latin music to the next level. We help you find your unique strengths while you meet other students and professionals from around the world.

The program is led by Guillermo Cisneros, executive director; Javier Limón, Latin Grammy–winner and co-executive director; and Oscar Stagnaro, academic director and Grammy Award–winner.

What’s the program like?

Classes are in lecture, master class, and/or clinic format and topics include instrumental technique, improvisation, and harmony. Students will then apply these skills in ensembles and special lectures. The ensembles and special lectures focus on exploring different styles, mainly within the Latin music genre.

What’s the schedule?

Classes will generally run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and concerts and jam sessions will take place in the late afternoon and evening. Class topics and schedules are subject to change. Class overviews are provided below.

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

You will participate in classes covering technique specific to your instrument. Insights into practicing and improvisation will be presented.


You will be assigned an ensemble with which to explore different Latin rhythms in jazz and pop styles in order to apply the skills you are learning in your lecture classes. All students will perform in a final concert at the end of the program.


You will explore aspects of lyric writing and analysis, as well as song structure and melodic and harmonic progressions.

Musical Production

You will learn about basic production skills such as arranging and rhythmic structure, recording techniques (analog and digital), and mixing and mastering while also learning about the music industry and music business.

Special Lectures

Faculty and special guest artists will lead master classes on topics such as composition, arranging, and songwriting in Spanish. You will work in a constructive, noncritical environment with faculty who are world-renowned for their knowledge, teaching skills, and empathy with students.

Evening Jams

Participants will be given the opportunity to play with other musicians in jam sessions. Times will be announced prior to the program.


Please review the section below for your instrument to prepare appropriately for the program. You must bring your instruments and be prepared to play in class.

  • Bass (electric and acoustic): Bring your patch cable and tuner.
  • Brass: Bring any accessories needed to keep your instrument in working order.
  • Drum Set: Bring sticks and stick bags (including brushes and mallets), drum key, and your cymbals (if you have a set).
  • Guitar: Bring extra sets of strings, patch cable, tuner, and any accessories needed to keep your instrument in working order.
  • Hand Percussion: Feel free to bring your instruments.
  • Timbales: Bring your sticks, and also feel free to bring your timbales.
  • Piano: Instruments will be provided.
  • Strings: Bring any accessories needed to keep your instrument in working order.
  • Voice: Optionally, bring your microphone and microphone cable.
  • Woodwinds: Bring any accessories needed to keep your instrument in working order.

Where will I eat and sleep?

You are responsible for researching and booking your own lodging; if a discount is available, you will be notified via email. You are responsible for your food.

How much will the program cost?

The total tuition for the program is $650.

If you have any additional questions please send an email to