Fully immerse yourself in piano, keyboard, and Hammond organ performance. Develop your skills in improvisation, performance, chord theory ensemble playing, and synthesizer technology through this dynamic workshop. You’ll be exposed to a variety of styles, including jazz, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop, funk, Latin, and fusion.
2020 Program Information
Monday, August 17–Friday, August 21, 2020
|Registration fee:||$50 (nonrefundable)|
|Payment deadline:||July 1, 2020|
|Move out:||August 21, 2020, by 7:00 p.m.|
15 years and older
- 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.
At the workshop, you will participate in several core classes throughout the week.
- Performance workshop: Learn style-specific chord voicings, rhythmic studies, technique, and chart reading, among other topics.
- Ensembles: This will be an instructor-guided forum for students to play with an ensemble.
Students will also attend additional electives throughout the week. Though electives for 2020 are not yet available, the following list of electives offered in 2019 will give you a sense of what to expect:
Contemporary Styles Workshop
Contemporary Keyboard History
Synthesizer Performance and Technology
Jazz Improvisation Master Class
Hammond Master Class
New Age Music Improvisation
Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.
|8:00 a.m.–8:50 a.m.||Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.||Electives|
|11:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.||Electives|
|1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.||Lunch|
|2:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.||Performance Workshop or Ensemble|
|5:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.||Dinner|
|7:00 p.m.–8:45 p.m.||Jam Sessions|
Schedule subject to change
Students have the ability to participate in open jam sessions each evening. There will be multiple jam sessions happening simultaneously, focusing on different styles.
The program will culminate in a final concert on Friday. Students will perform the repertoire they have been rehearsing in their ensembles.
All performances are free and open to friends and family.
All students 15 and older with six months of playing experience are welcome to attend. Basic knowledge of triads, seventh chords, and note identification in treble and bass clefs is required. The curriculum is geared toward low- and intermediate-level to advanced-level performance.
All necessary musical equipment will be provided throughout the program.
If you intend to stay in the Berklee residence halls while participating in the program, please also review what to bring for your room on the housing page.