Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive

Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive (Five-Week) is the world's preeminent summer musical performance program. With one-on-one instruction from Berklee’s renowned faculty and a curriculum that offers college credit, this immersive program is designed to enhance the playing or singing performance skills of precollege and high school students. 

Past students include Meghan Trainor, Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Daniel Platzman (Imagine Dragons), and Jackie Foster (The Voice).

You'll learn how to play in a band, develop your improvisational and reading skills, improve your instrumental craft in weekly private lessons, and participate in classes and demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists. 

Attend Five-Week to get a head start on your college experience. In addition to exploring the studios, neighborhoods, and performance venues Berklee has to offer, you can earn college credit and scholarships. Approximately $10 million in scholarships to the Berklee College of Music undergraduate program are awarded during Five-Week.

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.

2019 Program Details

Program length: Five weeks
Program dates: Saturday, July 6–Friday, August 9, 2019
Registration deposit: $55 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $5,430
Housing: $3,720
Move in: July 6, 2019, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Move out: August 10, 2019, by 12:00 p.m.
Age range: 15 years and older

Who Can Enroll?

You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have been playing your instrument (or singing) for a minimum of six months to attend the Five-Week program. Most students who attend this program are of high school and college age.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that any student who is not a U.S. citizen participating in Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive apply for an F-1 student visa. Students may not attend the program with a B-1 visa, B-2 visa, or ESTA visa waiver. Please visit our International Students page for more information. 


Your education at Five-Week is provided by Berklee's world-class faculty and visiting artists, and includes a mix of private instruction, instrumental labs, ensembles, theory, performance, and musicianship training. View class descriptions, electives, a sample schedule, and how to earn college credit.



Learn about Berklee summer scholarship opportunities, application processes, and deadlines.

Specialized Workshops

In addition to the standard Five-Week programming, you may apply to one of three highly competitive focused workshops. The costs for these specialized tracks are paid entirely by scholarships that cover full tuition, on-campus housing, and a meal plan.


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