Drums and Percussion Workshop

Boston
Ages 15+
Explore the possibilities in a world of rhythm. Whether you play drum set, percussion, or mallets, this program will enrich your repertoire as you discover different techniques for improvisation, performing, and instrument proficiency. Improve your overall musicianship while expanding your knowledge of musical styles.
Dates
June 16-June 18
Arrival Date / Time
Coming Soon
Move-out
Coming Soon
Tuition
$750
Housing
$480
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.

Curriculum

The Drums and Percussion Workshop offers principal instrument classes, ensembles, master classes, faculty concerts, and jam sessions. Classes will be led by faculty in Berklee's Percussion Department and esteemed visiting artists. 

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

  • Principal Instrument class: In this smaller class setting, you'll work with a faculty member to improve technique on your instrument. 
  • Ensemble: Rehearse with other instrumentalists and explore a variety of styles.
  • Master classes: Attend master classes led by faculty on different practice, technique, and performance methods.  
  • Faculty concerts: Explore new styles as you take in performances by our renowned Percussion Department faculty.
  • Jam sessions: Play with other students and faculty members in various styles in this informal performance opportunity. 
Schedule

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

Time Event
8 AM–9 AM Breakfast
9 AM–10:50 AM Master class
11 AM–12:50 PM Principal instrument class
1 PM–1:50 PM Lunch
2 PM–3:50 PM Ensemble 
4 PM–5:30 PM Master class
5:30 PM–6:20 PM Dinner
6:30 PM–7:30 PM Faculty concert
8 PM–9:15 PM Faculty concert
9:30 PM–10:15 PM Jam sessions

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

The program will feature several jam sessions where students can perform with other students and faculty. 

Requirements

All students 15 and older with six months of playing experience are welcome to attend. 

Upon arrival, participants are required to perform a placement audition. Be prepared to play a short piece of music no more than two minutes long. Your audition piece will help the audition team measure your ability and place you in the appropriate classes. You do not need to read music, but if you do, you will be asked to demonstrate your skills in this area.

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 

  • All instruments, except steelpan, will be provided in classes. Students should bring their own stick bag. Review our list of instruments and gear to bring to your program in this knowledge base article.

  • If you are staying on campus, you can reference this packing list with any additional items you’ll need while attending your program.