Spain Summer Performance Program | Berklee Valencia Campus

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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
  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2016
  • Program Dates: July 18 to July 29, 2016

Video: Summer Performance Program 2014

Video: Summer Performance Program 2014

Students from the 2014 Summer Performance Program discuss their experiences at Berklee's Valencia Campus and what they gained from their two week stay here.

Faculty Perform Cover of 'Respect'

Faculty Perform Cover of 'Respect'

Gabrielle Goodman was joined on stage by faculty members of our Summer Performance Program to perform the song 'Respect' during the 'Lago de Conciertos' concert series.

Students Perform 'Sign, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours'

Students Perform 'Sign, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours'

Summer performance program students perform a version of 'Sign, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours' by Stevie Wonder at the concert series 'Un Lago de Conciertos.'

Lago de Conciertos: Faculty Performance

Faculty members perform for students and the public at the outdoor concert series, Lago de Conciertos, made possible by a partnership with the City of Arts and Sciences.

Summer Performance Batucada

Students led by faculty member Mariano Steimberg perform in the summer performance batucada group.

Lago de Conciertos Outdoor Concert Series

Students had the chance to perform at the Lago de Conciertos concert series, on a stage set up just in front of campus on the water.

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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 2016. 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. Students will have the option to participate in group classes, seminars, workshops, and ensembles focused on many musical styles, including flamenco and others from the Mediterranean border.

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.

Audition and Interview

Faculty will recommend students in this program for a Berklee audition and interview taking place on the Valencia campus July 23 and 24.


Summer Performance Program Schedule 2016

Classes generally will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and concerts/jam sessions take place in the late afternoon and evening. Optional activities take place throughout the program, such as batucada, gospel choir, or open mic night.
Berklee Summer Performance Classes

Program schedule is subject to change.

Topics Covered Throughout the Program

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


The summer performance program is taught by faculty from our Boston and Valencia campuses.

Allan Chase


Jim Kelly


Christiane Karam

Assistant Professor

Jerome Kyles

Assistant Professor

Celia Mur


Polo Orti


Rick Peckham


Faculty Teaching Area

  • Christiane Karam, voice
  • Celia Mur, voice
  • Jerome Kyles, voice
  • Allan Chase, woodwinds
  • Fernando Huergo, bass
  • Mariano Steimberg, drums and percussion
  • Victor Mendoza, vibraphone and percussion
  • Polo Ortí, piano
  • Jim Kelly, guitar
  • Rick Peckham, guitar


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 to Apply

Registration for the summer performance program 2017 is not yet open. Fill out this form to receive an email when it is open, as well as other program information.

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. Acceptance documents containing tuition payment information, as well as detailed arrival and program information, will be emailed to you starting in January.

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, Peru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, or Venezuela.

This means that US citizens, same as citizens of other countries in the list above, do not need a visa for this program, unless the dates of stay in Spain extend beyond 90 days. The list of countries that do not need a visa prior to traveling to Europe is updated periodically. Check "Visa requirements for the Schengen Area" to double check if you need a visa or not.

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.


Students are required to make their own housing arrangements. Below are some options to consider for your stay in Valencia.

Special Housing Offers for Summer Performance Students
Book your room with Resa or Galileo Galilei and enjoy this special offer for students in the Summer Performance Program. These are privately run student residences, so you should contact them directly to arrange housing.

Short- to Medium-Term Apartments

Hotels Near Campus

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition: $2,400
  • Application Fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
  • Tuition Payment Deadline: July 10, 2016

In order to complete the application process you must pay the $50 application fee by credit or debit card. Fee payment instructions are at the end of the online application process.

Once we receive your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email and an electronic welcome packet with additional program information and instructions to submit your tuition payment. Tuition payment must be received before July 10, 2016.

Please note that students are responsible for booking their own housing, which is not included in the Summer Performance Program.

How to Pay Tuition

Soon after you complete the registration process, you will receive an email when your tuition bill is ready for payment. You must return to the online application portal and sign in. Click on "Payments" at the top of the menu, and there you will find a button to pay the bill online by credit or debit card (American Express, MasterCard, Discover, or Visa). You should also ensure that you have submitted all the forms online.

Click on the images to see the tuition payment steps:

Tuition Refund Requests

If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund, you must send an email to before the program start date. The last day to request a refund is July 17th, 2016. Please note that the $50 registration fee is non-refundable. The $2,400 tuition payment is not refundable after the start of the program under any circumstances.

Questions regarding your application fee or tuition payment may be sent to, 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)