Parent and Student Resources
Now that you've completed your registration, learn more about Berklee Summer Programs and start to plan for your program.
You will receive a detailed check-in pass by email with information regarding your assigned arrival location, audition/assessment times, and a link to download your orientation schedule. You should print and bring your check-in pass to Check-In Weekend. When you arrive, you will receive additional program information to guide you through your program.
Berklee Summer Programs Facebook groups are good resources. In these groups, you can connect directly with other students attending the same program as you and can most likely continue to stay in touch long after the program has ended. To join, just look for an email invitation soon after you've registered for a program. In the meantime, keep in touch through the Berklee Summer Programs Facebook page.
Waiver, Release, and Indemnification Agreement
For your records, please save or print a copy of the document above, which should have been electronically signed by participants or their guardians during the registration process.
If you are a student preparing to attend a Berklee Summer Program or the parent/guardian of a student who will be attending, please review the information below to familiarize yourself with services, policies, laws, details, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Berklee takes pride in treating Summer Program attendees as real college students in order to give them a true Berklee experience. We strive to give them as much independence as possible, so students will be walking to class through Berklee's urban campus unattended, and on the weekends and in the evenings they will have some spare time. It is important to be sure that students are responsible enough to handle this independence when making the decision as to whether to attend one of our programs.
Summer Programs students are always expected to abide by Berklee's community standards. Berklee has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol on campus. Every resident must check in with the residence life staff between 10:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. every night.
Both full-time professional staff (resident directors) and student staff (resident assistants) live in the residence halls. They help students with questions and concerns of all sorts; organize and support residence hall activities; monitor safety, security, and maintenance; and generally work with residents to maintain living communities that are safe, educational, and enjoyable.
The college is located in one of the best and liveliest areas in the city. However, as in any urban setting, it is necessary to exercise caution and common sense. We stress neighborhood and residence hall safety and security with Summer Programs students. Berklee's Public Safety Department (PSD) is responsible for campus safety, security, law enforcement, and emergency response on campus. It is the department's mission to provide a comprehensive program of services to help ensure the campus remains a safe environment in which to live, study, and work. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To read more about Berklee Public Safety, please visit berklee.edu/public-safety.
Accommodations are available for students with physical limitations or documented learning disabilities. Available services may include academic accommodations and referrals to on-campus support, including adaptive technology and tutoring. Students should submit documentation of a disability and the need for accommodation well before the program start date. Accommodations in classroom teaching methods and testing cannot be offered unless appropriate documentation is on file with the college.
The Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program also offers a special course on assistive music technology for blind students. The course explores digital audio workstations, notation software, and Braille music.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. S 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99, is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records of students who are 18-years-old and older.
Berklee staff, including academic advisors in the Counseling and Advising Center, must comply with this federal law. They cannot provide parents or family members with information about students concerning grades, academic standing, attendance, or other qualifying non-directory information without the written consent of the student.
Directory information that can be shared includes name, enrollment status, graduation status, semester level, program, major, principal instrument, dates of attendance, college mailbox number, residence hall telephone number, college email address, and hometown.
As described by the U.S. Department of Education:
The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students"... Schools must have written permission from the...eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record.
The City of Boston has an ordinance that bans the playing of instruments on city sidewalks. The city also requires a permit for large gatherings including parades. Blocking access to city sidewalks is prohibited. There are also curfews on noise and disturbances during evening and morning hours. Students are not permitted to busk on the street unless they have obtained a permit from the City of Boston.
You can review the Noise Municipal Code for the City of Boston before you arrive. Berklee is committed to respecting our neighbors in the Back Bay, and we expect our students to adhere to college and municipal policies.
Students Withdrawing from Summer Programs
Any student withdrawing from a summer program must complete an exit interview with the program director. Students under the age of 18 who wish to withdraw from the program must obtain written permission from their parents or legal guardians.
1. Students withdrawing during the first two weeks of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program and Twelve-Week Full-Credit Summer Program are eligible for a tuition (and housing charges, if applicable) credit according to the following schedule:
- Withdrawal during the first week of class: 66 percent credit
- Withdrawal during the second week of class: 33 percent credit
- Withdrawal after the second week of class: No credit
2. Students withdrawing during the first two days of the Songwriting Workshop; Musical Theater Intensive; Guitar Sessions; Vocal Summit; Global String Program; Berklee/Boston Conservatory Brass Program; Piano/Keyboard Workshop; Creative Entrepeneurship Summer Program, or any week of Berklee Day Sessions are eligible for a tuition (and housing charges, if applicable) credit according to the following schedule:
- Withdrawal during the first day of class: 66 percent credit
- Withdrawal during the second day of class: 33 percent credit
- Withdrawal after the second day of class: No credit
3. Students withdrawing from Groove School: Bass, Drums, and Percussion; Music Production Workshop; The Business of Music; Electronic Music Production and Sound Design Weekend; or Stage Performance Workshop are eligible for a tuition (and housing charges, if applicable) credit according to the following schedule:
- Withdrawal during the first day of class: 50 percent credit
- Withdrawal after the first day of class: No credit
4. Student withdrawing from Composition Intensive, Dance Intensive, Musical Theater Dance Intensive, and Vocal/Choral Intensive are elibile for a tuition refund as follows:
- All application fees and deposits are nonrefundable. If circumstances prevent a registered student from attending, a refund for prepaid costs (minus any application fees and deposits) will be issued only if a written request is submitted before the commencement of the program.
- In the case of withdrawal after the program has commenced, refunds must be requested with supporting documentation of extenuating circumstances. Tuition refunds will be prorated. No portion of housing or meal fees will be refunded. Tuition and fees may not be deferred to future programs. Refunds, if awarded, take approximately 30 days to process and arrive via regular postal mail.
5. Valencia program withdrawal policies can be found on each program page as follows:
Students forced to withdraw for medical reasons may be eligible to receive a prorated adjustment of tuition for the program in which they are registered. If applicable, the housing fee may also be prorated. A medical withdrawal can be considered only if accompanied by written verification from a doctor that the student couldn't complete the program due to the disability.
Withdrawal of Scholarship Recipient
In the event of withdrawal, recipients of a Berklee scholarship may apply up to 100 percent of their scholarship toward outstanding tuition charges only. Scholarships may not be applied toward any outstanding housing charges or other charges resulting from a withdrawal. Berklee scholarship awards are not issued as a cash reimbursement under any circumstances. If the scholarship award exceeds outstanding tuition charges as the result of a withdrawal, the scholarship credit will be adjusted to reflect the amount of tuition charges.
Family and friends are welcome to enjoy a student's public and final performances. Students may also have the weekends and some evenings free so visitors are also welcome during these times. Please keep in mind that visitors are not allowed inside the residence halls beyond the security checkpoint.
Students are permitted but not required to bring along their laptops, computers, tablets, etc. Many students like to bring their phones and computers in order to work on homework and keep in touch with friends and family at home. Wireless internet and electrical outlet plugs are provided throughout the campus. Please keep in mind that it is the student's responsibility to keep their items safe, and Berklee is not responsible for these items.
Students are permitted to contact their friends and family during the course of the program. However, many students find they are so busy that they don't always have time to check in.
The college insures only its own property against loss. It does not insure against nor reimburse against the loss--from any cause--of student property. It is strongly suggested that students who possess property of value insure against loss through their own insurance company.
As a student, you are responsible for insuring your own instruments. One way to insure an instrument is to attach a floater to a parental homeowner's or renter's insurance policy.
International students are likely to experience some difficulty in establishing a policy in the United States and are encouraged to secure instrument coverage in their home country.
Though students are not required to obtain health insurance in order to attend the program, it is strongly suggested that they obtain insurance that will cover the cost of health concerns during the length of the their stay in Boston. Students should be sure that their health insurance policy covers them while they are attending the program, especially if they are coming to the program from a state other than Massachusetts and particularly if they are coming to the program from a country other than the U.S.
Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk offers short-term plans specifically for international students studying in the U.S. Information about purchasing the plan can be found here or by calling 800-933-4723 for more information.
What is the payment deadline?
We encourage all participants to pay in full as soon as possible since many of the programs have limited capacity and fill up quickly.
How do I secure my attendance for a program?
- When you pay the program registration fee, you will begin to receive relevant program information so that you can prepare for your summer at Berklee.
- After you have paid in full for your program, you have secured your place and should start to book your travel arrangements. You will also be eligible to receive your room assignment once it has been determined.
Some programs reach capacity before the payment deadline. Should this occur, priority is given to those who pay in full. If you have registered for a program but have not paid in full, you will be placed on a wait list and contacted by the Summer Programs team if a space becomes available.
Does attendance at Berklee Summer Programs improve a student's chances of being accepted to Berklee or their choice of college?
There are no formal arrangements between Berklee and other educational institutions to provide preferential admission to students who have attended Berklee Summer Programs. However, there are many opportunities for students to interact with Berklee faculty, staff, and admissions representatives and, in select programs, students will have the opportunity to audition and interview for scholarship consideration for full-time enrollment, as well as for a future Five-Week Summer Performance Program. Berklee awards more than $44 million annually in institutional scholarships and grants to entering and continuing students, including more than $7 million in scholarships annually to Five-Week students auditioning for full-time enrollment.
Are students required to wear uniforms or particular clothes?
There are no dress requirements. However, students are typically instructed to wear stage black clothes for final performances.
Can I rent an instrument for my summer program?
Many students who travel far distances prefer to rent an instrument for their time at Berklee. Guitar Center, located at 159 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, is familiar with all recommended and required items that students may need for classes. Contact the rental department to reserve instruments upon your arrival in Boston. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-450-4311.