Spain Summer Performance Program

Program Description

Improve your performance, theory, production, and technology skills, take a workshop in our state-of-the-art campus in Valencia, Spain, and network in a multicultural environment. The program provides an opportunity for both Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world to earn up to three undergraduate college credits from Berklee(*).

  • Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
  • Program Dates: July 17 to July 28, 2023

The Spain Summer Performance Program language of instruction is English. Participants are advised to have at least an intermediate level (B1) of English to succeed in the courses and take advantage of the program.
Please note that students are not required to submit proof of proficiency in order to join the program.

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 in July of every year.

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 top-notch 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, 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.

**Please note that the Spain Summer Performance Program is a strictly on-campus academic program (not residential or otherwise), meaning that Berklee staff and faculty only provide adequate supervision of students under 18 when on-campus during the scheduled hours of the program. Parents/legal guardians shall ensure proper supervision and accompaniment of minors enrolled in the Spain Summer Performance Program outside the on-campus program scheduled hours, and therefore also during their travels to/from and stay in Valencia.

(*) Students participating in the Spain Summer Performance Program may receive up to three college credits by earning a grade of B or higher in each of the classes.

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

Classes generally will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with two sessions of classes before lunch and one session after lunch. Workshops and concerts or jam sessions will take place in the late afternoon and evening. Other optional activities that take place throughout the program also happen in the afternoons, such as music industry sessions, and others.

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

Summer Performance Program Performances

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

Faculty

The summer performance program is taught by faculty from our Valencia campus.

See faculty perform on the first day of program

Faculty is subject to change.

Registration

Am I eligible?

All musicians with a minimum of six months of instrument or voice experience are welcome to apply. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.*

The Spain Summer Performance Program language of instruction is English. Participants are advised to have at least an intermediate level (B1) of English to succeed in the courses and take advantage of the program.
Please note that students are not required to submit proof of proficiency in order to join the program.

How to Register

1. Create an account in our online application portal and choose the level "Summer Programs", the application type Berklee Valencia Summer Programs.

2. Fill out all your personal information, and then 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 1, 2023
Due to limited spots in the program, students are encouraged to pay tuition as soon as possible.

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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 via email.

*Please note that the Spain Summer Performance Program is a strictly on-campus academic program (not residential or otherwise), meaning that Berklee staff and faculty only provide adequate supervision of students under 18 when on-campus during the scheduled hours of the program. Parents/legal guardians shall ensure proper supervision and accompaniment of minors enrolled in the Spain Summer Performance Program outside the on-campus program scheduled hours, and therefore also during their travels to/from and stay in Valencia.

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:
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Brunei, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Micronesia, Grenada, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, Saint Lucia, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nauru, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Palau, Paraguay, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Singapore, San Marino, El Salvador, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela, Vanuatu, Samoa.

This means that US citizens, same as citizens of other countries and territories 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*: $2,630 ($50 non-refundable)
Tuition Payment Deadline**: Thursday June 1, 2023

*These are the Early Bird prices. The fees will be reviewed in January 2023, and are subject to change.
**Any registration received after the deadline will be considered until the program reaches maximum capacity.

Due to limited spots in the program, students are encouraged to pay tuition as soon as possible.

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

How to Pay Tuition

Once you complete the registration process, you pay the registration fee and tuition at the same time to complete your registration to the program.

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 10, 2023. The 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: Can I choose more than one principal instrument?

Instrument seminars and ensemble placements are based on the principal instrument that you should choose when registering for the program. However, students may be able to play more than one instrument in the ensemble upon consultation with the instructor.

Q: What do I need to bring for the program?

To get the most out of the program, please arrive on campus with the following: your instruments, your laptop, microphones, headphones, and cables. (Amps will be provided.) Drummers should bring their sticks, cymbals, practice pads, and hi-hat clutch.

Q: Will the program offer weekend activities?

No, Berklee Valencia will not be offering activities on the weekends.

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

Generally, students are in class from approximately 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some optional activities at night. Classes are held five days per week, so you will have time on the weekends to explore Valencia.

Q: When will the final concert take place?

The final concert dates will be announced at the beginning of the summer program. Students will receive their assigned concert date and time after the first week of classes.

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

Yes, participants will be able to earn three credits (one credit per subject) provided they get a B or higher for each of the subjects.

Q: How do I know if the level of the program is right for me?

On the first day of classes all the students are split up into groups according to their instrument and level.

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.

Q: I am underage. Is it possible for me to participate in this summer program without my parents/guardian?

Parents/legal guardians shall ensure proper supervision and accompaniment of minors enrolled in the Spain Summer Performance Program outside the on-campus program scheduled hours.

Q: Are participants supervised by Berklee Valencia outside the program scheduled hours?

The Spain Summer Performance Program is a strictly on-campus academic program (not residential or otherwise), meaning that Berklee staff and faculty only provide adequate supervision of students when on campus during the scheduled hours of the program.

Q: Will students have access to campus facilities, such as practice rooms?

Students have access to facilities when the campus is open. Students may book practice rooms for any time when they do not have class.

Registration Process and Tuition

Q: I have registered for the program but cannot attend. Will I get my money back?

Tuition fee is refundable until a week before the start of the program. To request a refund, you must send an email to summervalencia@berklee.edu. The tuition payment is not refundable after the start of the program under any circumstances.

Q: Are there any meals included in the tuition price?

No, there are no meals included in the tuition price. Students are responsible for arranging their own meals.

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 our Summer Performance program housing page here. 

Q: What is the deadline to register for the program?

The deadline to reserve your spot by paying the tuition is June 1. However, please note that the program has limited spots. Should the program fill up, the registration will be closed before the above-mentioned deadline.

Life in Valencia

Q: Is Valencia a safe city?

Valencia is generally a safe city. However, like any city, it is important to always be aware and careful of your surroundings and not leave belongings unattended in areas such as the beach, park, or public transportation.

Q: Is Valencia easy to navigate?

Valencia is very easy to navigate, with many public transportation options including bus systems, metro, and public bikes (Valenbisi). The airport is located about 30 minutes outside the city and there are multiple train stations nearby.

Q: Do I need to speak Spanish to communicate in Valencia?

All courses and on-campus activities are all conducted in English, so there is no need to worry about Spanish there. In the community, it is easier if you know some Spanish to help you communicate, as many Valencians do not speak much English. However, we have many students who speak no Spanish and fit into daily life in Valencia without any problems.

Visas

Q: Do I need a visa for the summer programs?

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:

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Andorra, United Arab Emirates, Antigua and Barbuda, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Brunei, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Micronesia, Grenada, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Korea, Saint Lucia, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nauru, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Palau, Paraguay, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Singapore, San Marino, El Salvador, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Holy See, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Venezuela, Vanuatu, Samoa

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. Please note that immigration requirements are revised regularly, therefore we encourage you to reach out to the Spanish consulate in your country in order to find out the most up-to-date travel information.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Q: Can I apply for scholarships or financial aid for any of the summer programs?

Unfortunately, there are no financial aid opportunities for our summer programs at this time. We recommend pursuing local and government funding to help with tuition payments.