Experience a week in the life of a Berklee guitar student in this musically diverse program. Designed to provide you with inspiring performance opportunities and technical training, this program will place you in ensembles with guitarists of similar experience, stylistic interest, and ability. Your faculty comprises 35 internationally recognized players from Berklee's Guitar Department who are experts in a diverse range of styles.
2023 Program Information
|Program dates:||June 26–30|
|Registration fee:||$50 (nonrefundable)|
|Payment Deadline:||July 1|
|Move-in:||2023 dates coming soon|
|Move-out:||2023 dates coming soon|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
How do I enroll?
Take your first steps to joining the Berklee community
- Submit your registration. Students begin by submitting their registration or application online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials as well.
- Make your tuition payment. All programs have limited capacity, so complete your full tuition payment, and reserve your space in the program.
- Request housing. If you require housing accommodations, complete the housing agreement form in the "Next Steps" tab of your application portal.
Once you're registered you can explore parent and student resources.
What is the curriculum like?
Guitar Sessions offers ensembles, classes, and clinics in the styles of blues, metal, classical, jam band, funk/fusion, classic rock, contemporary rock, jazz, fingerstyle, and performing songwriter. You'll select one style to study in your ensemble, with the ability to branch out in different styles through clinics and jams.
Every participant's schedule will include a class in each of the following:
- Fretboard Harmony: Learn music theory and how it applies to the guitar. The class includes scales, modes, chord voicings, and chord inversions.
- Style: Focus on the specifics in the style of your choosing, and explore related concepts and applied theory.
- Ensemble: Rehearse with other instrumentalists and perform in concert with your group on the last day of the program. Friends and family will not want to miss these performances.
- Visiting Artist Clinics: Guitar Sessions will host several visiting artists and clinicians during the week. Past programs have included John Abercrombie, J. Geils, Wayne Krantz, John Petrucci, Vernon Reid, and Tommy Emmanuel.
What is the schedule?
Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.
|9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.||Breakfast|
|10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.||Fretboard Harmony and Styles, or Ensemble|
|12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.||Clinic|
|1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.||Fretboard Harmony and Styles, or Ensemble|
|4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.||Clinic|
|5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.||Dinner|
|7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||Concert|
|9:00 p.m.–10:15 p.m.||Jam Sessions|
Schedule subject to change
What are the performance opportunities?
Students have the ability to participate in open jam sessions each evening. There will be multiple jam sessions happening simultaneously, focusing on different styles.
The program will culminate with master class performances on Friday. Students will perform the repertoire they have been rehearsing in their ensembles and will receive feedback from faculty.
What are the requirements to attend?
All students 15 and older with six months of playing experience are welcome to attend. The program curriculum focuses on guitar technique and proficiency.
To schedule you into the appropriate classes, we ask that you prepare a video no more than five minutes in length demonstrating your talent.
Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.
What do I need to bring?
Students should bring their guitars, quarter-inch cable, tuners, and, if applicable, pickups. We provide amplifiers for all participants to use in our ensembles for rehearsal and final performances. No amplifiers are provided for use in practice rooms, so you may elect to bring a set of practice headphones and a small practice amplifier. Students should bring a notebook and pens/pencils.
If you intend to stay in the Berklee residence halls while participating in the program, please also review what to bring for your room on the housing page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Check out this FAQ with important information and answers to common questions about Summer Programs.