Twelve-Week Full-Credit Summer Program
Join other serious music students from all over the world and get a comprehensive taste of Berklee with this full-credit Twelve-Week Summer Program. Without even going through our audition and interview process, you’ll complete the first semester of Berklee College of Music’s regular core curriculum and earn a full semester of college credits.
2018 Program Information
|Program length:||12 weeks|
|Orientation dates:||May 22–26, 2018|
|Program dates:||May 29–August 17, 2018|
|Age range:||16 years and older|
* Nonrefundable and nontransferable. Program information subject to change.
No audition is required. You will need a minimum of two years of formal music training or experience on your principal instrument or voice, and good working knowledge/familiarity with the written fundamentals of music theory (including rhythmic notation, melodic notation in treble and bass clefs, key signatures, major and minor scales, intervals, and construction of triads and seventh chords). Because you'll be enrolled in classes with full-time students, it's important that your musical abilities and writing, theory, and ear training skills are at a compatible level.
During the summer semester, your classes will include:
- Performance core courses, including:
- Private Instruction (two credits)
- Ensemble (one credit)
- Contemporary music core courses with studies in:
- Ear Training (two credits)
- Harmony and Arranging (three–four credits, depending on placement)
- Integrated Music Technology (two credits)
At the start of the program, you'll take the Entering Student Placement Assessment (ESPA), which will allow us to determine your instrumental training and theory levels. This process will enable us to place you with students of similar abilities in order to maximize your musical progress. With almost 35 percent of our students coming from countries other than the United States, you're sure to be playing and working with students from a variety of different backgrounds and musical experiences. This diversity provides a dynamic setting for an incomparable interchange of styles, ideas, and experiences—a great way to spend your summer.
Experience Beyond Coursework
As a student in the full-credit Twelve-Week Summer Program, you will have access to Berklee's many resources and facilities, including:
- Career Development Center
- Counseling Center
- Ensemble rehearsal rooms
- Jam sessions with fellow students
- Learning Center
- Practice rooms
- Stan Getz Media Center and Library
- Student Activities Center
- Student clubs
- Student discounts on tickets to Berklee concerts
- Visiting artist clinics
Students currently attending a university program may earn transferable credit through completion of the full-credit Twelve-Week Summer Program. Check with your institution to see what credits can be applied.
International students are required to obtain a valid Form I-20 and F-1 student visa to enroll in this program. You may not participate in the program on a tourist visa. Participants traveling from abroad should visit the International Student Information page for important visa requirements.