Drums and Percussion Workshop

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.
June 14-June 16
Check-in Time
8 AM - 10 AM
June 16, 7:00 PM
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
Registration for this program has closed.

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration by May 31.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by May 31.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. Students who are 15 years of age or older by the start of their Boston-based program are eligible to stay in on-campus housing. If you meet the eligibility requirements and have indicated that you would like to request on-campus housing, please revisit your registration portal and submit a Residence Hall Agreement.

*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.


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. 

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

8 AM–9 AMBreakfast
9 AM–10:50 AMMaster class
11 AM–12:50 PMPrincipal instrument class
1 PM–1:50 PMLunch
2 PM–3:50 PMEnsemble 
4 PM–5:30 PMMaster class
5:30 PM–6:20 PMDinner
6:30 PM–7:30 PMFaculty concert
8 PM–9:15 PMFaculty concert
9:30 PM–10:15 PMJam sessions

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

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


General Requirements

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

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.

Upon arrival to the program, 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.

Required Materials

  • All instruments, except steelpan, will be provided in classes.
  • Please come prepared with sticks and brushes.
  • While you are welcome to bring your own cymbals, hi-hat, and clutch, these items are also provided during the program.
Once You've Enrolled

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