Feature Writer John Christie – Berklee Summer Music Program A Great Opportunity for Musical Minds

Whether you’re a seasoned musician or just a beginner, the five week summer performance program at Berklee may be for you.

Those enrolled in the program will have the chance to study with Berklee faculty and be able to choose the kind of music they want to study. Some of these types of music include jazz, pop/rock, funk/fusion, or pop/R&B. Participants will also have the opportunity to be immersed in all types of performance, including participating in lectures and demonstrations put on by the faculty of the school, as well as visiting artists. Program attendees will also have the opportunity to develop reading as well as improvisational skills and improve their technique in weekly private lessons. Open to students between the ages of 15 or older, the program begins on July 6 and ends on August 9. It is open to U.S. residents as well as international music aficionados.

The program, which has been going on for 27 years, also serves people with disabilities. However, in order to be admitted into the program, students must submit documentation of the disability so that the proper services can be provided. This documentation must be submitted well in advance of the classes.

One great aspect of this five week summer performance program is that they offer a course on assistive music technology for blind students as well. The course allows visually impaired participants to work at digital audio work stations as well as learn or improve Braille music notation. For more information about services for the disabled, you can contact the counseling and advising center at 617 747-2310 or counselingcenter@berklee.edu

The deadline to apply for on campus residence hall housing has passed for this year. However, if you have questions regarding how to secure housing on the Berklee campus, contact the Office of Summer Programs at 617 747-2245.

The five week program costs $4,700 which includes a $500 nonrefundable tuition prepayment. If you add housing in to the mix, the prepayment is $150. This must be sent with the housing application.

The college also offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships. In order to qualify, students must register and complete an online application. Once the application is received, students will receive more information about the application process.

Berklee is known the world over for producing incredible musicians, so this program could really be a great step in the right direction for someone with a musical mind. It’s even better that they make accommodations for those with disabilities, as music is a universal art that can and should be available to everyone.

Source: http://www.berklee.edu/summer/fiveweeksummer/program-like.php

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