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Summer Performance Program

Program Description

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 20 – July 31, 2015

 

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 2015. 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.

Courses

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.

Topics Covered in Class

  • Core musicianship: ear training, harmony, composition, and styles
  • Instrumental: ensembles, group instruction, and labs
  • Technology: recording, production, and software tools

Course Instructors

The program will be taught by Berklee faculty from both the Boston and Valencia campuses.

Admissions

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?

The application period is not open yet. To receive information on the application and other important program updates, fill out the form on this page with your name and email.

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.

Housing

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

Hotels Near Campus

Tuition Fees

  • 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 bursarvalencia@berklee.edu, or you may call +34 96 333 2802.

Contact

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)
Email: summervalencia@berklee.edu