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 undergraduate college credit from Berklee.

  • Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
  • Program Dates: July 18 to July 29, 2022

Students after performing at a Lagos Concert

A student playing the marimba

Student at a Lagos Concert

The library

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.

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
  • Optional classes: includes gospel choir, batucada, and open-mic sessions

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.

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, 2022
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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.

    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 : $2,630* ($50 non-refundable)
    • Tuition Payment Deadline**: Wednesday June 1, 2022

    *These are the 2022 prices. The registration fee will be reviewed on January 15, 2022, and is 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 11, 2022. 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.

    See Housing Options

    Health and Safety

    Keeping Our Community Healthy

    The health and safety of the Berklee Valencia community are our top priorities. Over the past several months, we have been working methodically on a plan to bring our summer program students to campus in the safest, most enriching way possible. Epidemiological models and our own experience with our consistent hybrid mode since September 2020 show us that with implementation of robust safety protocols and a joint responsibility from all, we can effectively protect the safety of community members and keep our infection rate low.

    Berklee's Health and Safety Campaign

    We have developed a comprehensive health and safety campaign and will keep closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe in coordination with Berklee Valencia’s medical assistance team and the Spanish Ministry of Health, Conselleria de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública en la Comunitat Valenciana.

    During the first day of the program, all students will be tested for Covid-19. The cost of the test is covered by your program fee and it is mandatory for all students, therefore it is required that all students arrive in Valencia before the start of the program. As your health and wellness is our priority students will only be allowed to start the program on-campus once they receive a negative result from the test. Students must attend classes remotely until they have received their test results.

    The following are the measures that the Valencia campus has put in place to ensure a safe environment for all students in the facilities of Berklee Valencia. All faculty, students and staff will follow the following guidelines:

    • Face Coverings: Strict mask-wearing guidelines will be required and enforced as necessary.
    • Room Capacities: We have used industry-specific guidance to determine room occupancy limits for all instructional spaces. These capacity adjustments allow individuals using the room to distance at the recommended six feet.
    • Air Filtration: We will ensure that building and classroom spaces have appropriate air filtration, in addition to air purification where appropriate, and will make schedule adjustments to ensure proper air recirculation when necessary.
    • Protective Space Barriers: Plexiglass barriers will be installed in high-traffic reception areas, and portable shields will be supplied for ensemble rooms and other spaces where groups that include woodwind or brass players and/or vocalists gather to make music.
    • Room Cleaning: Spaces and surfaces across campus will be cleaned daily, and high-touch areas will be wiped down throughout the day.
    • Mandatory Social Compact: All summer program participants, staff, and faculty who will be on campus this summer are required to sign a social compact of shared responsibility agreeing to the following conditions for the safety of our shared environment:
    • We will practice social distancing.
    • We will wear facial coverings.
    • We will wash hands regularly.
    • We will wipe down our work spaces after using them.
    • We will complete a daily health screening to attest that we are well and do not have any symptoms related to COVID-19.
    • As the situation is constantly evolving, we cannot anticipate new measures and new travel restrictions to be implemented by summer 2021. Please make sure you regularly consult Spain travel guidelines and review Berklee Valencia Public Safety Alerts for more information on COVID-19 in Valencia and in Spain.