Berklee Summer Semester
Join other serious music students from all over the world for an incomparable interchange of styles, ideas, and experiences. Studying alongside current Berklee students, you’ll complete the first semester of Berklee College of Music’s regular core curriculum in just 12 weeks and earn a full semester of college credits in the process.
- Note: This program was previously called the Twelve-Week Full-Credit Summer Program. It is not intended for students enrolled in Berklee College of Music's undergraduate degree or diploma programs, who are ineligible to register for this program.
2020 Program Information
|Program length:||12 weeks|
|Orientation dates:||May 19–23, 2020|
|Program dates:||May 26–August 14, 2020|
|Age range:||16 years and older|
|Registration fee:||$50 *|
Pay by March 15, 2020:
|Pay after March 15, 2020:||TBD|
Pay by March 15, 2020:
Pay after March 15, 2020:
* Nonrefundable and nontransferable.
** Covers the cost of noncurricular facilities, programs, and services.
*** May be waived with proof of comparable insurance coverage.
Program information is subject to change.
Engaging Course Work
During the Berklee Summer Semester program, your classes will include the following:
- Performance core courses, including:
- Private instruction (two credits)
- Ensemble (one credit)
- Contemporary music core courses with studies in:
- Ear training (two credits)
- Harmony and arranging (three–four credits, depending on placement)
- Integrated music technology (two credits)
As a student in the Berklee Summer Semester program, you will have access to Berklee's many resources, including the following:
- Practice rooms
- Ensemble rehearsal rooms
- Visiting artist clinics
- Stan Getz Library and Media Center
- Learning Center
- Career Development Center
- Counseling Center
- Student Activities Center
- Student clubs
- Student discounts on tickets to Berklee concerts
No audition is required. You will need a minimum of two years of formal music training or experience on your principal instrument or voice, and a good working knowledge of/familiarity with the written fundamentals of music theory (including rhythmic notation, melodic notation in treble and bass clefs, key signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, and the construction of triads and seventh chords). Because you'll be enrolled in classes with full-time students, it's important that your musical abilities and writing, theory, and ear training skills are at a compatible level.
At the start of the program, you'll take the Entering Student Placement Assessment (ESPA), which will allow us to determine your instrumental training and theory levels. This process will enable us to place you with students of similar abilities in order to maximize your musical progress. With almost 35 percent of our students coming from countries other than the United States, you're sure to be playing and working with students from a variety of different backgrounds and musical experiences.
Students currently attending a university program may earn transferable credit through completion of the Berklee Summer Semester program. Check with your institution to see what credits can be applied.
International students are required to obtain a valid Form I-20 and F-1 student visa to enroll in this program. You may not participate in the program on a tourist visa. Participants traveling from abroad should visit the I-20/F-1 Visa Information page for important visa requirements.