Day Sessions: Music

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 8-July 12
Drop-off: 8 AM - 9 AM
Week 2 July 15-July 19
Drop-off: 8 AM - 9 AM
Week 3 July 22-July 26
Drop-off: 8 AM - 9 AM
Week 4 July 29-August 2
Drop-off: 8 AM - 9 AM
$1,100 / week
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration by July 15.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by July 15.* 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.


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.



Below is a sample schedule. 

7:30 AM–8 AMDrop-off/Welcome
8 AM–9 AMEnsembles
9 AM–11 AMMusic Theory or electives
11 AM–12 PMEnsembles
12 PM–1 PMLunch (included in program cost)
1 PM–2 PMLessons or labs
2 PM–3 PMClinics

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.


General 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.

Participants must possess a proficient level of English to enroll in this program. We do not require proof of English language proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) as part of the enrollment or application process; however, you are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language to understand class material and assignments.

Required Materials

  • Notebook
  • Highlighter
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Money for snacks (optional)

Except for pianists and drummers, students are expected to bring their instruments to all Summer Programs. Additionally, note the following:

  • Drummers should come prepared with sticks and brushes. While students are welcome to bring their own cymbals, hi-hat, and clutch, these items are also provided during the program.
  • Guitarists and electric bassists should bring any necessary cables and foot pedals. Amplifiers will be supplied during instruction. Consider bringing a small practice amplifier (with headphones) for individual practice rooms.
  • Keyboardists intending to bring a synthesizer for ensemble purposes or private practice may do so.
  • Electronic Digital Instrumentalists (EDI) must bring a computer with Ableton Live and a MIDI keyboard.
  • Only acoustic bassists may use storage lockers on campus. Unfortunately, Berklee cannot provide storage for any other type of instrument.
Program-Specific Details


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

The Berklee Summer Programs Team is excited that you've taken the first step! Now that you've enrolled, here's what to know, to be sure you're prepared before and after you check in for the experience of a lifetime.

What to do first?

Complete These Tasks by June

Prepare to Arrive and Check In

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