ABLE (Arts Better the Lives of Everyone) Day Sessions Summer Music Program for Musicians with Disabilities

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At Berklee, we believe that the arts better the lives of everyone. That's why we offer the ABLE Day Sessions program for musicians with disabilities. Study your instrument in group lessons. Play or sing with other musicians in an ensemble. Experience music through drumming, singing, and music technology workshops. Learn from other musicians in clinics. Share your music in a performance with your ensemble at the end of the week.

You must be at least 9 years old by the start of the program, and you must have at least six months of playing or singing experience.

Ages: 9–17. Students older than 17 can participate on a case-by-case basis.

When: July 31–August 4, 2023, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., and August 7–11, 2023, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (Students may attend one or two weeks.)

Tuition: $998 per week. Need-based tuition assistance is available to families that qualify

Students must be able to participate effectively in lessons or classes, and maintain an environment that is safe for themselves and others. We strive to create and maintain a safe and effective learning environment for all of our students. Therefore, students who engage in behaviors that may be unsafe for themselves or others will not be permitted to participate in our programs: they will be dismissed.

Student dismissal from our programs will occur in any of the following cases:

  • Physical aggression (including, but not limited to biting, hitting, kicking, hair pulling, head butting, spitting, and so on) with other students or staff
  • Inappropriate physical contact with other students or staff
  • Abusive or inappropriate language
  • Any behavior that makes other students or staff feel unsafe
  • Failure to follow the Code of Conduct, as stated in our program applications
  • Other situations to be determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation among staff members and the managing director of the BIAAE

Our class and ensemble programs provide small group supervision and instruction with low teacher-to-student ratios, but we do not provide one-on-one support for individual students. Students who require such support may be accepted to our programs and may be able to participate in the programs, but they must be accompanied by a personal caregiver or assistant  provided by the student's family.

COVID-19 Policy for On-Campus Students

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, OR evidence of a negative test (PCR within 72 hours of their lesson, antigen test within 24 hours of their lesson) is required of all on-campus students. 

  • If proof of vaccination: Students must show proof of vaccination at the door when they arrive at their first day of the program.
  • If evidence of a negative test: Students must show evidence of the negative test at the door when they arrive at their first day of the program.

Masking is optional when in the buildings.


NOTE: The application deadline for Summer 2023 is July 1, 2023.



Schedule from 2022 ABLE Day Sessions Program


Note that each week of the ABLE Day Sessions Program ends with a final showcase concert at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.




8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Drop-Off and Activities Students arrive; brief morning activities

9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.


"Welcome and Hello" greeting song; participant check-in

9:15 a.m.– 9:45 a.m.

+ pull-outs

Ensembles Sorted by ability and interest (genre); heterogeneous groups

9:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

+ pull-outs


Rotation between drumming, chorus, and music technology

10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Snack (provided) Brief snack time break

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

+ pull-outs


Rotation between drumming, chorus, and music technology

11:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.


Sorted by instrument (piano, guitar, vocals, winds, percussion) to work on new content or ensemble music

11:30 p.m.–12:00 p.m.

Music Skills Rotation of various musical skill focused activities
12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided) & Activities Lunchtime and additional activities

12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

+ pull-outs

Movement Break and Camp Jam Brief break to move around and camp jam

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

+ pull-outs


Sorted by ability and interest (genre); heterogeneous groups

1:45 p.m.–2:00 p.m.


Brief break time

2:00 p.m.–2:55 p.m.

Clinic and Q&A

Guest visiting artist (a musician with a disability): 30-minute performance/presentation and 15-minute Q&A

2:55 p.m.–3:00 p.m.


Goodbye song

3:00 p.m Pick-Up End of day