What to Bring

Unless you are a pianist or drummer, you are expected to bring your instrument to all summer programs. In addition, please note the following: 

  • Vocalists are encouraged to provide their own low-impedance microphone and cord. There are a number of microphone models available, such as Shure, Blue, and Audio Technica, for around $99.
  • Drummers need only bring practice pads, sticks, and brushes. Students are welcome to bring their own cymbals, but there are cymbals available here.
  • Guitarists and bassists should bring cables and foot petals, and so on. Amplifiers will be supplied in ensemble and lab rooms. 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 may do so. Piano/keyboard principals will take their private lesson on acoustic piano.
  • Only acoustic bassists may use storage lockers on campus, if lockers are available. Unfortunately, Berklee cannot accommodate storage for any other type of instrument.

Note that Berklee has 24-hour practice rooms in the residence halls. Most of these are just empty rooms, but there may be some equipment available.

​If you are planning to stay in the residence halls, you will need to bring the following:

  • Bedding (sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket) for an extra-long twin bed (36 inches by 80 inches)
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, sunscreen, shower sandals, etc.)
  • Your instrument
  • Snacks, if desired, stored in sealed plastic containers
  • For those living in 270 Commonwealth Avenue, a fan

You can also consider bringing the following:

  • Alarm clock
  • Laundry detergent and quarters
  • Clothes hangers
  • School/writing supplies
  • Prescription/first-aid needs
  • Mini-fridge for medications 
  • Flashlight
  • Umbrella
  • Fan
  • Small wastebasket
  • Extra spending money for snacks, drinks, or transportation