Your education at Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive is provided by Berklee's world-class faculty and includes a mix of private instruction, instrumental labs, ensembles, theory, performance, and musicianship training. 

Classes generally take place between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and are tailored to your musical interest and experience level. The program culminates with a final week of concerts where you will perform for faculty, fellow students, family, and friends. Browse course descriptions below.

Core Curriculum


Electives give students the opportunity to learn more about an area that interests them in a class that meets once a week for two hours. Students will receive one elective from the list of required electives below. You may also choose to receive one additional, optional elective. You will rank your preference of electives while taking your online placement assessment before the program begins. 

Required Electives

Optional Electives

General Curriculum Information

College Credit

Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive students have the opportunity to earn college credit, which many parents find helps to significantly offset the cost of the program. Students participating in our Five-Week program may receive three college credits by earning a grade of B or higher in the following classes:

  • Theory in Performance
  • Musicianship
  • Private Instruction
  • At least one section of Five-Week Ensemble

Five-Week students may receive a maximum of six college credits when attending more than one summer of the program.

Participants in our 2020 online program who earned up to six college credits are still eligible to receive an additional six college credits through our on-campus program for a total maximum accrual of 12 college credits.

These credits will count as general elective credits upon admission to Berklee College of Music and will transfer to other institutions at their discretion. Students who qualify for credit will receive an unofficial transcript in addition to a grading report.

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