About Berklee Summer Programs

Berklee's diverse summer programs provide a unique space for inspired students to enhance their skills in contemporary music, theater, or dance. We welcome dedicated students at all levels to explore their creativity and experience tailored, meaningful training in the arts while learning from renowned faculty and visiting artists.

 

With so many summer programs to consider, it can be difficult to choose the right one for you or your child. There are many music camps, dance intensives, and theater programs hosted by notable institutions such as Interlochen, Juilliard, Belmont University, New York University, and the New School, among others. How do Berklee’s summer programs differ from the rest? 

Our programs are designed to enhance your skills and show you what it’s like to learn at Berklee. With over 3,000 students from all corners of the world, you will apply new influences to your craft while learning from renowned faculty and visiting artists.

Anyone Can Pursue Their Passions—No Audition Required

Most of our summer programs have open registration, which means you only need to complete the online registration and submit your payment to reserve your spot in a summer program. You may register for programs that cover topics such as music performance, music production, songwriting, composition, dance, theater, or music entrepreneurship. 

World-Class Faculty and Visiting Artists 

Our faculty are Grammy-, Oscar-, and Tony-winning artists who are dedicated to helping you learn how to succeed in today’s performing arts and entertainment industries. In addition to our world-renowned undergraduate faculty, Berklee summer program participants learn from acclaimed visiting artists. Recent guests include Jacob Collier, Charlie Puth, Esperanza Spalding, and Ebony Williams.

Connect with Peers from Around the World

Each summer, Berklee welcomes students across the globe to its campus in the heart of Boston. More than 3,000 students travel from over 70 countries to hone their craft, make global connections, and collaborate with other like-minded musicians, actors, and dancers. 

Explore the City of Boston

Located in historic Back Bay, Berklee’s Boston campus is an easy commute to many iconic venues throughout the city, including the House of Blues, Boston Symphony Hall, and the Boston Opera House. You can also choose to spend your summer at our campus in Valencia, Spain, or attend a program hosted in Los Angeles, California. 

Earn College Credit

Our most popular and comprehensive program, Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive, lets you earn college credit as you enhance your performance skills, groove with a band, and take private music lessons. 

Apply to Our Undergraduate Programs for Free 

Any student who attends a Berklee summer program is entitled to a fee waiver when applying for admission to the undergraduate programs at Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 


Past Visiting Artists

Through clinics and workshops, practicing professionals will provide you with practical tips distilled from their experiences working within the music industry. Whether a household name or a behind-the-scenes player, industry leaders love Berklee because they’re eager to share their advice on what it takes to succeed artistically, professionally, and personally with the next generation of musicians.

We invite you to read the stories of some of the artists who have visited over the past few years:


Summer Programs Alumni

Over 30 percent of Berklee Summer Programs students go on to attend Berklee as undergraduate students, so it’s no surprise that many of our past summer students have forged successful careers in the music industry. While it would be impossible to represent the complete scope, the individuals below should give you a good idea of the many remarkable things our alumni have gone on to achieve.

  • Meghan Trainor, singer-songwriter
  • Charlie Puth, songwriter and performer
  • Jon Batiste, multi-instrumentalist and former band leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Betty Who, singer-songwriter
  • James Valentine, lead guitarist for Maroon 5
  • Daniel J. Platzman, drummer for Imagine Dragons
  • Greg Kurstin, producer, engineer, composer (Adele, Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift)
  • Lisa Loeb, singer-songwriter
  • Robert Glasper, jazz pianist and record producer
  • Sam Cohen, producer and songwriter (Norah Jones, Shakira)
  • Nathan Berla Shulock, sound designer for PlayStation, Xbox, and mobile games
  • Romain F. Collin, jazz pianist, bandleader, and sideman (Christian McBride, Lauryn Hill, Mike Stern)
  • Erick Coomes, bassist for Lettuce and recording artist (Dr. Dre, Eminem, the Game)
  • Lucas Vidal, film score composer (Fast and Furious 6, The Raven, Sleep Tight)
  • Casey Driessen, fiddler and director of Berklee’s Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) graduate program
  • Jackie Foster, season 14 contestant on The Voice
  • Ezra H. Matychak, sound department at Saturday Night Live, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
  • Shinnosuke Miyazawa, score mixer, film music engineer (Spectre, Wreck-It Ralph, WALL-E)
  • Michael K. Torres, touring and recording bassist (Selena Gomez, Macy Gray, Three Dog Night)
  • Kristin E. Weber, music educator and performing violinist (Michael Bublé, Eric Church, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves)
Browse Berklee's catalog of over 30 summer programs in music, dance, and theater for ages 12 and up.

 

 

 

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