Summer Performance Program
Improve your performance, theory, production, and technology skills, spend time in our state-of-the-art recording studios, and learn and network in a multicultural environment.
- Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
- Dates: July 21 – August 1, 2014
What’s the program like?
Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain, offers a comprehensive summer music performance program for two weeks in July 2014. The Valencia Summer Performance Program features world-class Berklee faculty, visiting artists, state-of-the-art facilities, and a chance to study a variety of contemporary music styles, including jazz, Latin jazz, fusion, pop/rock, R&B, and Mediterranean music.
The Valencia Summer Performance Program is open to all musicians at least 15 years old who have a minimum of six months instrument or voice experience. Whether you are an experienced performer or someone who has never been in front of an audience, you can improve your performance skills by attending. In a supportive and creative environment, our top-notch teachers encourage you to push your vocal and instrumental performance skills to new levels and define your musical voice.
For two weeks, you will be immersed in all aspects of performance. Your classes, workshops, and rehearsals will focus on this important element of being a musician. You will play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve your technique in weekly lessons, and enjoy lectures and demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists. Students will also participate in production and recording workshops with the Grammy Award-winning engineers and producers on the Valencia technology team. To conclude the program, students will give a final concert that all are invited to enjoy.
One unique component of the Valencia Summer Performance Program is the opportunity to experience the diverse and vibrant music of the Mediterranean region. Through Berklee’s Mediterranean Music Institute, students will have the option to participate in group classes, seminars, workshops, and ensembles focused on many musical styles, including flamenco and the music of North Africa, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the many Arabic countries that border the Mediterranean.
Coming to the Valencia Summer Performance Program will give students a big-picture view of what it takes to become an excellent musician. Our goal is for you to leave here with an understanding of what being an excellent musician entails, from having instrumental, harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic skills to knowing recording and production techniques. All of this will be taught in the vibrant cultural center of Spain, and in one of the most prestigious contemporary music institutions in the world.
Classes generally will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and concerts/jam sessions take place in the late afternoon and evening. Optional social activities take place throughout the program.
Summer 2014 Program Schedule
- Monday, July 21 – Orientation and classes begin
- Tuesday, July 22 to Friday, July 25 – Class: 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; Optional evening activities and jam sessions
- Saturday, July 26 – Morning: Visiting artist workshop; Afternoon: Paella Valenciana on the beach
- Sunday, July 27 – No class, but campus is open for practice and rehearsals
- Monday, July 28 to Thursday, July 31 – Class: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Optional evening activities and jam sessions
- Friday, August 1 – Program close: Final rehearsals and concert
Topics Covered in Class
- Core musicianship: ear training, harmony, composition, and styles
- Instrumental: ensembles, group instruction, and labs
- Technology: recording, production, and software tools
The artistic director of the Summer Performance Program is Victor Mendoza, a renowned vibraphonist and program director of the Contemporary Performance master’s degree program at Berklee’s Valencia campus. All program courses will be taught by Berklee faculty members.
Am I eligible?
All musicians with a minimum of six months instrument or voice experience are welcome to apply. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.
How do I apply?
1. Create an account for summer programs through our online application.
2. Complete the online application for the Berklee in Valencia Summer Performance Program and submit the payment online using our secure server by credit or debit card.
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Please note that Summer Performance program participants do not need to complete the parent/guardian and emergency contact form or the health information & consent for emergency medical treatment form inside the online application.
When will I know if I've been accepted to the program?
Students who have completed an application and paid the application fee will receive an email confirming enrollment within 7 to 10 business days. Acceptance letters containing tuition payment information, as well as detailed arrival and program information, will be emailed to you starting in April.
Passport and Visa
Citizens from the countries listed below do not require a special visa to travel to Spain as a tourist and study for up to 90 days:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong and Macao (China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, or Venezuela.
If your country is not listed above you will need a tourist visa for up to 90 days
and should check with the Spanish consulate in your country for visa requirements.
All students that require a visa to enroll in this program must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended return date. Students who do not have a valid passport should get one as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.
US citizens do not need a visa for this program, unless the dates of stay in Spain extend beyond 90 days.
Students are required to make their own housing arrangements. Below are some options to consider for your stay in Valencia.
Privately Run Student Residence
Short- to Medium-Term Apartments
- Gigoing (homestay offer for Berklee students with a host family)
- 40 Flats
- Flats for You
- Universal Students
- c.p.i. gestion
Hotels Near Campus
- Tuition: €2,000 (Tuition is paid in euros)
- Application Fee: $50 (The application fee is nonrefundable and is paid in $USD)
In order to complete the application process you must pay the $50 application fee by credit or debit card. Payment instructions are at the end of the online application process.
Bills will be emailed within two weeks after submitting your application and application fee. Once you are accepted, you will receive a confirmation letter to complete and tuition statement with instructions for submitting your tuition payment.
Please note that students are responsible for booking their own housing, which is not included in the Summer Performance Program.
Questions regarding your application fee or tuition payment may be sent to email@example.com, or you may call +34 96 333 2802.
Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Anexo Sur
Avenida Profesor López Piñero, 1
46013 Valencia (Spain)
Telephone: +34 963 332 802 (9am-7pm CET)