For middle school students of all levels, styles, and backgrounds, Berklee offers a flexible four-week online program that will strengthen your overall musicianship. Develop your musical ear with training in theory and harmony, explore modern technologies that will aid in your performances and creations, and discover effective songwriting techniques to share your story. You will showcase your new skills in a final performance of an original song, which you will have crafted with guidance from Berklee faculty over the course of the program.
2021 Program Information
|Program dates:||Monday, July 12–Friday, August 6, 2021|
|Payment deadline:||June 1, 2021|
|Age range:||12–14 years old|
What is the curriculum like?
Taught by professors in our Music Education Department, Day Sessions: Music offers weekly classes in ear training, technology, and songwriting that collectively advance your core music skills.
- Ear Training: Develop your musical ear to recognize common shapes and intervals. This class will improve your understanding of music theory and harmony and how it applies to your instrument.
- Technology: Learn the best practices for recording your performances and implement new production techniques.
- Songwriting: Explore song form, melody, lyrics, and chord progressions to create a new original song.
For students who may have attended our 2020 Day Sessions: Music, this year's program will include entirely new material and resources.
What is the schedule?
Classes in ear training, technology, or songwriting will be held Monday through Friday for one hour, for a total of five hours of synchronous instruction per week. Your exact time of weekly instruction will be disclosed closer to the start of the program, though we anticipate to have small classes meet in the afternoons.
Additional exercises will be provided to support your learning outside of class and to aid the completion your original song. In total, you can expect to engage with the program for 10–15 hours per week.
What are the requirements to attend?
All students ages 12–14 with six months of playing or singing experience are welcome to attend. This program accommodates all levels, styles, and backgrounds.
Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.
What do I need in order to participate?
Below is a list of items you need in order to participate:
- Your instrument and necessary music supplies
- A notebook, highlighter, pen, and pencil
- A computer or iPad to attend class