Bass Workshop

Ages 15+
Learn what it means to become a versatile performer. Hosted by the Berklee Bass Department and Victor Wooten, you'll expand your musical vocabulary by experiencing a diverse range of styles. Improve your overall musicianship, apply new techniques to your performance, and develop an appreciation for new styles of music.
June 23-June 25
Check-in Time
June 23, 8 - 11 AM
June 25, by 7:00 PM
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by May 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. If you will be age 15 or older by the start of your program and require on-campus accommodations, complete the Residence Hall Contract in the Next Steps tab of your registration portal .

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.


The Bass Workshop offers master classes, clinics, faculty concerts, and jam sessions. Classes will be led by faculty in Berklee's Bass Department, including Victor Wooten

Every participant's schedule will include a class in each of the following:

  • Master classes: Attend small-group, lesson-format master classes led by faculty focusing on different practice, technique, and performance methods. 
  • Clinics: Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, and special guests will present clinics on ear training, theory, and general musicianship.
  • Ensembles: Expand your rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic skills in small ensembles each day.
  • Faculty concerts: Explore new styles as you take in the performances by our renowned Bass Department faculty. Friday evening's concert will feature all of the Bass faculty, and Saturday evening's concert will feature Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten. 
  • Jam sessions: Play with other students and faculty members in various styles through this informal performance opportunity. 

Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.

Time Event
8 AM–9 AM Breakfast
9 AM–9:30 AM Announcements
9:30 AM–11 AM Clinic with Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten
11:15 AM–12:45 PM Master class
1 PM–2 PM Lunch
2:15 PM–3:45 PM Ensembles
4 PM–5:30 PM Faculty Q&A
5:45 PM–7:15 PM Dinner
7:30 PM–9 PM Faculty concert
9:15 PM–10:15 PM Jam sessions

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

The program will feature several jam sessions where students can apply new techniques from master classes and perform with other students and faculty, including Victor Wooten. 


All students 15 and older with six months of playing experience on electric or acoustic bass are welcome to attend.

Once You've Enrolled

Once you're enrolled visit our Next Steps for Enrolled Students to make sure you have everything you need for your program.

Check Your Email for Important Information

  • You should continue to check the email that you used to enroll in the program for important information.
  • You will receive a detailed check-in email with information regarding your assigned arrival location, housing assignment, and a link to view your program schedule one to two weeks prior to the start date of your program.
  • When you arrive on campus, you will receive additional program information to guide you through your program.

What to Pack 

  • Your bass, cable, and strap
  • A tuner and a metronome (possibly on your phone) 
  • A notebook and pencil (you will definitely need this)
  • If you are staying on campus, you can reference this packing list with any additional items you’ll need while attending your program.
  • Students should bring their instrument and any necessary accessories. We provide amplifiers for all participants to use in our classes. Amplifiers are not provided for use in practice rooms, so you may elect to bring a set of practice headphones and a small practice amplifier. Review our list of instruments and gear to bring to your program in this knowledge base article.