Spain Summer Performance Program

Program Description

Improve your performance, theory, production, and technology skills, take a workshop in our state-of-the-art recording studios, and network in a multicultural environment.

  • Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
  • Program Dates: July 15 to July 26, 2019

Students performing in ensemble class.

Lago de Conciertos Outdoor Concert Series

A beautiful sunset over the Lago de Conciertos stage, where summer performance students are jamming.

Group picture of one of the ensembles

Guitar students ready for the show.

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.

Piano students play for the crowd.

A student plays her flute in ensemble class

Polo Orti has an instrument lesson with two students

Guitar students practicing some riffs in the guitar instrument seminar.

Saxophone students practice their part in an ensemble.

Students hanging out on campus between classes.

Students heading down the Palau stairs towards campus.

Students practicing during down time in front of campus.

The batucada showing off their Brazilian beats at Lago de Conciertos.

See the 2018 Spain Summer Performance Flickr album

What’s the program like?

Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain, offers a comprehensive summer music performance program during the last two weeks of July every year. The Spain 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 Spain 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 Spain 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 Spain 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

A piano student goes over her part in ensemble class.

A student trombonist plays in ensemble class.

An accordion student plays in the ensemble class.

Allen Chase leads students in musicianship class.

Alon Yavani instructs students during ensemble class.

Brian Zalmijn with vocal students in instrument seminar.

Christiane Karam teaches a vocal instrument seminar.

Dani Flors teaches the guitar instrument seminar class.

Fernando Huergo teaches the bass instrument seminar.

Jim Kelly directs students in his guitar instrument seminar

Jim Kelly teaches a guitar instrument seminar.

Mariano Steimberg instructs students on Brazilian instruments

Mariano Steimberg instructs students on Brazilian rhythms

Mariano Steimberg teaches the percussion instrument seminar.

Rick Peckham leads a guitar instrument seminar.

Sergio Martinez with his ensemble.

Students looking at their class schedules on the first day of program.

Students participate in the batucada class

Students participate in the batucada class with Brazilian instruments

Summer Performance Program Schedule 2019

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.

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Classes and the calendar are 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
  • Optional classes: includes gospel choir, batucada, and open-mic sessions

Summer Performance Program Performances

During the program, there will be an opportunity to perform. Take a look at the Flickr albums from last year's student and faculty performances, that took place in the "Lago de Conciertos" stage. The Lago de Conciertos is on a floating stage, just in front of the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, located in the City of Arts and Sciences, where campus is also located.

Faculty

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

See faculty perform on the first day of program

Faculty Teaching Area

  • Rebecca Cline, piano
  • Daniel Flors, guitar
  • Christiane Karam, voice
  • Sergio Martínez, percussion
  • Rick Peckham, guitar
  • Viktorija Pilatovic, voice
  • Bruno Raberg, bass
  • Perico Sambeat, melodic
  • Rick Peckham, guitar
  • Albert Sanz, piano
  • Ashlee Varner, voice
  • Joshua Wheatley, drums

Faculty is subject to change.

Registration

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 Register

1. Create an account in our online application portal and choose "Summer Programs" on the applications page.
2. Fill out all your personal information, and the click "Register" for the Spain Summer Performance Program (on the Valencia, Spain campus).
3. Pay the registration fee and tuition at this time to complete your registration to the program.

  • Registration deadline: June 20, 2019
  • *Any registrations received after June 20 will be considered until the program reaches maximum capacity.

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    Students who have completed the registration form and paid tuition will receive further information regarding their enrollment in the summer program in the Next Steps section of their online portal.

    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, Peru, 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.

    Tuition Fees

    • Tuition and Registration Fee : $2,565 ($50 nonrefundable)
    • Tuition Payment Deadline: Thursday, June 20, 2019
      *Any registrations received after June 20 will be considered until the program reaches maximum capacity.

    When we receive your completed registration , check out the Next Steps section in your online portal for additional program information and your welcome packet.

    Due to limited spots in the program, students are encouraged to pay tuition as soon as possible. Once the program reaches full capacity, students depositing subsequently will be put on a wait-list. The Valencia summer programs office will get in contact with you with further information if you are put on a wait-list.

    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. Choose a payment option below.

    Credit Card

    Paying through the online portal

    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.

    Paying by Flywire with Credit or Debit Card
    Depending on what country you are paying from, visit flywire.com/school/berklee to pay tuition by credit or debit card. Flywire charges you in your local currency, and tells you the exact amount that will be charged before you make the payment. You can also use Flywire to do a bank transfer (see the below payment option).

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    Wire Transfers: Domestic and International

    Visit flywire.com/school/berklee to pay your tuition bill by bank transfer. Flywire charges you in your local currency, and tells you the exact amount that will be charged before you make the payment.

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    Tuition Refund Requests

    If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund, you must send an email to summervalencia@berklee.edu before the program start date. The last day to request a refund is July 1, 2019. The $2,565 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 summervalencia@berklee.edu, or you may call +34 96 333 2802.

    Housing

    Berklee Valencia campus does not offer student housing directly, but there are many options available for students to choose from. Students can rent a room in a private apartment or rent an entire apartment and arrange to share with classmates. There are also several student residences near campus where students can stay in individual or double rooms, with or without meal plans.
    To see all housing options, including also hotels near campus, visit our Student Services webpage.

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    FAQs

    Q: Does Berklee offer scholarships for this program?

    Unfortunately, we do not offer any scholarship opportunities for our Summer Programs at this time. We recommend researching local and government funding and scholarship opportunities to help with tuition fees.

    Q: How many days per week will we be in classes? Will we get to explore Valencia over the weekends?

    Classes are held 5 days per week, so you will have time on the weekends to explore Valencia.

    Q: I’m not comfortable with many different styles except classical. Is this program right for me?

    Absolutely. If you are ready to go outside of your comfort zone and learn from other musicians, styles, and cultures, this program is right for you.

    Q: Can I attend on any instrument?

    Yes. We accept all instruments in our Summer Performance Program

    Q: What is the average age of Summer Performance program participants?

    The average age differs each year. Usually, the majority of participants range between 17 and 25, but you will be placed in a group based on your level.

    Q: Do I receive school credit after completing the program?

    No, you will not receive school credit, but you will receive a certificate of completion.

    Q: Is Valencia a safe city? I’m worried about my child under 18 going to the program alone.

    Valencia is generally a very safe city. If you have any safety concerns, it’s important to know that Berklee’s campus in Valencia is under security 24 hours a day. Only authorized people are allowed into the campus building, which means that students must have their Berklee nametag ID CARD on at all times while on campus. Since the program is not a residential program, there is no supervision of participants attending it and therefore the College accordingly encourages that parents, legal guardians, or trusted adult chaperones accompany participants under the age of 18 during their travels to Valencia. Saying this, I can also confirm that the residence halls recommended on our website ( Galileo and RESA, Reuniver and Marina Real) do have 24 hour / 7 days a week reception and security staff ensuring the safety of the students housed with them.

    Q: Is housing included in the program tuition?

    No, participants are required to make their own living arrangements
    There are many options for housing including (but not limited to) booking a room in a privately run residence hall, short to medium term apartments, and hotels. For more information regarding housing options and suggestions in Valencia, visit the Housing section under Living in Valencia.

    Q: Is there an age requirement for the program?

    Summer Performance Program participants must be at least 15 years old and have a minimum of six months instrument or voice experience.