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


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 college credit, which many parents find helps to significantly offset the cost of the program. Students participating in our 2021 in-person 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 in-person 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 in-person 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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