Fully immerse yourself in piano, keyboard, and Hammond organ performance. Develop your skills in improvisation, performance, chord theory ensemble playing, and synthesizer technology through this dynamic workshop. You’ll be exposed to a variety of styles, including jazz, hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop, funk, Latin, and fusion.
2021 Program Information
|Monday, August 16–Friday, August 20, 2021|
|Registration fee:||$50 (nonrefundable, nontransferable)|
|Payment deadline:||July 1, 2021|
|Move out:||Friday, August 20, 2021, by 7:00 p.m.|
15 years and older
- Lock in 2020 tution and housing rates when you register and pay in full by January 15, 2021.
What is the curriculum like?
At the workshop, you will participate in several core classes throughout the week.
- Performance workshop: Learn style-specific chord voicings, rhythmic studies, technique, and chart reading, among other topics.
- Ensembles: This will be an instructor-guided forum for students to play with an ensemble.
Students will also attend additional electives throughout the week. Though electives for 2021 are not yet available, the following list of electives offered in 2019 will give you a sense of what to expect:
Contemporary Styles Workshop
Contemporary Keyboard History
Synthesizer Performance and Technology
Jazz Improvisation Master Class
Hammond Master Class
New Age Music Improvisation
What is the schedule?
Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.
|8:00 a.m.–8:50 a.m.||Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.||Electives|
|11:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.||Electives|
|1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.||Lunch|
|2:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.||Performance Workshop or Ensemble|
|5:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.||Dinner|
|7:00 p.m.–8:45 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 in a final concert on Friday. Students will perform the repertoire they have been rehearsing in their ensembles.
All performances are free and open to friends and family.
What are the requirements to attend?
All students 15 and older with six months of playing experience are welcome to attend. Basic knowledge of triads, seventh chords, and note identification in treble and bass clefs is required. The curriculum is geared toward low- and intermediate-level to advanced-level performance.
What do I need to bring?
All necessary musical equipment will be provided throughout the program.
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.
- Explore more of Berklee. When you register for the Piano/Keyboard Workshop, you can also register for Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive to extend your stay at Berklee.