Curriculum and Activities

Your education at the Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive program is provided by Berklee's world-class faculty and includes a mix of private instruction, instrumental labs, ensembles, theory, performance, and musicianship training. The program culminates with a final week of concerts where you will perform for faculty, fellow students, family, and friends. 

Classes generally take place between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., with some classes and activities meeting in the evening.

Your schedule is tailored to your musical interest and experience level. Browse course descriptions below.

Core Curriculum


Students will receive one of the three mandatory electives they selected during registration. These classes meet once a week for two hours. Below is a list of electives featured for this year.

Optional Electives

Students may choose to take an additional elective and will receive one of the three optional electives they selected during registration. Seating is limited, and we will try to accommodate your choices. Each student will have the opportunity to take one of the courses below.

General Curriculum Information

College Credit

Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive students have the opportunity to earn up to three credits per summer by receiving a grade of B or higher in the following classes:

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

Theses credits will count as three general elective credits upon admission to Berklee College of Music. Credits will transfer to other colleges, at their discretion, as the courses of Fundamentals of Musicianship (MUS-P101) and Fundamentals of Musicianship–Advanced (MUS-P201) if a student successfully completes two summers of the Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive program. Students who qualify for credit will receive an unofficial transcript in addition to a grading report.

Many parents find the value of these college credits can help significantly offset the cost of the program.

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