Berklee American Roots Weekend

June 25 – June 28, 2015

What’s the program like?

Learn from Berklee faculty and some of the world’s leading roots musicians and educators. You’ll play and explore in depth a wide variety of roots music styles, including bluegrass, blues, folk, country, and acoustic jazz. Through participation in ensembles, labs, and group lessons, you will be developing your improvisational and reading skills. 

What’s the schedule?

Classes on Friday and Saturday will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will take the form of ensembles, master classes on instrumental proficiency, and lectures on core musical concepts from the Berklee curriculum. The evenings will feature faculty concerts and jams.


In addition to the ensemble participation, students will choose from a host of classes including Variations on a Simple Melody as an Intro to Improvisation for Folk Musicians, Country Blues Guitar, Music Theory, and Intro to Ear Training.

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. Residence hall housing is not offered to students younger than 15. 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. Students under the age of 15 attending the program accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other family member will need to make their own housing arrangements.