Day Sessions: Music

Boston
Ages 12-14
It’s never too early to get a taste of Berklee. For middle school students of all levels, styles, and backgrounds, Berklee offers a flexible day-session format available in one-, two-, three-, and four-week programs. Start to develop your performance skills, explore various musical styles, and learn from members of the Berklee community and leaders in the music industry.
Week 1 July 10-July 14
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Week 2 July 17-July 21
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Week 3 July 24-July 28
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Week 4 July 31-August 4
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Tuition
$998 / week
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 June 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.

*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.

Curriculum

Students in this program will participate in several core classes throughout the week. 

  • Group lessons: Take group lessons with other students who have similar abilities on your chosen instrument (including voice) each day.
  • Mixed ensembles: Perform with a group of students in a variety of styles.
  • Music theory: Enhance your understanding of music theory and how it applies to your instrument.
  • Elective: Take an elective in songwriting, improvisation, or music technology. 
  • Clinics: Attend clinics and Masterclasses conducted by Berklee faculty and visiting artists.

 

Schedule

Below is a sample schedule. 

Time Event
7:30 AM–8 AM Drop-off/Welcome
8 AM–9 AM Ensembles
9 AM–11 AM Music Theory or electives
11 AM–12 PM Ensembles
12 PM–1 PM Lunch (included in program cost)
1 PM–2 PM Lessons or labs
2 PM–3 PM Clinics

Schedule is subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

Each week will culminate in a final ensemble performance on Friday. You will be assigned one of Berklee's many performance venues at the beginning of the week.

Requirements

All students age 12 to 14 with six months of playing or singing experience are welcome to attend. This program accommodates all levels, styles, and backgrounds.

Program-Specific Details

Placement 

You will have a brief audition at registration to determine what level of classes and ensembles best suit your needs. It is not required that you read music; however, if you do, we would like to determine your reading level. You will be grouped into classes with students who share your stylistic preferences (rock, jazz, funk/fusion, or R&B) and who match your current level of ability.

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 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 instrument and necessary music supplies. With the exception of pianists and drummers, students are expected to bring their instruments. Review our list of instruments and gear to bring to your program in this knowledge base article.
  • A notebook, highlighter, pen, and pencil
  • Money for snacks (optional)