Traveling with Instruments
With the exception of pianists and drummers, students are expected to bring their instruments to all summer programs. In addition, please note the following:
- Vocalists are encouraged to bring their own low-impedance microphone and cord.
- Drummers should come prepared with sticks and brushes. Students are welcome to bring their own cymbals, hi-hat, and clutch. However, they are provided during the program.
- Guitarists and electric bassists should bring any cables and foot pedals. Amplifiers will be supplied during instruction. You may wish to bring a small practice amplifier (with headphones) for individual practice rooms.
- Keyboardists who wish to bring a synthesizer for ensemble purposes or private practice may do so.
- Electronic digital instrumentalists must bring a computer with Ableton Live and MIDI keyboard.
- Only acoustic bassists may use storage lockers on campus, if lockers are available. Unfortunately, Berklee cannot accommodate storage for any other type of instrument.
If you must fly with your instrument, use a hard case that will better protect the instrument during transportation. Label the case with your name, phone number, and Berklee’s address in case you become separated from it. You may wish to include “fragile” stickers on the outside of the case and a note inside indicating that special care should be taken while handling the instrument for luggage inspection. If your instrument is valuable, please make sure it is insured. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their airline regarding instrument transportation policies.
Minors Traveling Alone
All major U.S. airlines have policies in place related to flights for “unaccompanied minors,” and they may charge a separate fee for unaccompanied minors to fly. We recommend that parents check with the airline before booking a flight to determine what requirements may apply to your minor.