S U M M E R P R O G R A M
The BHMA Summer Program is musical, growth-oriented, and recreational. Under the encouraging guidance of our exceptional teaching staff, participants have the opportunity to try a variety of musical and enrichment activities, and to enjoy concerts, museums, parks, and other outdoor venues.
Based on prior music experience and interests, participants have individualized lessons and group music activities. Parents and families are invited to view the concert performed during the last Friday evening of a session.
Summer Program offers:
• Private music lessons
• Music ensembles
• Group fitness
• Recreational activities
• Community trips
• Introduction to Social Skills curriculum
• Introduction to Life Skills curriculum
• Music Appreciation
Our experienced staff of music teachers, educators, recreational leaders, and residential support staff are drawn largely from the regular full-time staff of Berkshire Hills Music Academy. Many staff members have graduate or professional degrees. Our music instructors are all seasoned performers with special skills for fostering the musical talents of young adults with learning or developmental disabilities.
Accommodations and Meals
Our dormitories are located on the second floor of the main building, with separate wings for men's and women's living spaces. Each wing has a modern, dormitory-style bathroom and several dorm rooms, most of which are double-occupancy. Nutritious and filling meals are prepared in our commercial kitchen and served in BHMA's dining room three times a day. Meals are prepared in accordance with individuals' allergies and dietary restrictions.
Health and Safety
Awake overnight staff ensures the safety and comfort of residential students. The building features smoke and fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and a sprinkler system. A unique feature is a special fire alarm designed to meet the needs of individuals with sensitive ears. Numerous staff are Red Cross certified in first aid, CPR, and medication administration. A nurse will check-in all students as they arrive and will be on call during the program.
This program is intended for young adults, ages 16-25 with intellectual disabilities who have an interest in exploring music. Applicants to the Summer Program must have basic self-care skills, display consistently positive social behavior, and exhibit mature group behavior skills. Applicants are also required to submit a minimum of two personal references.
*Session I: July 7, 2019 - July 20, 2019
*Session II: July 21, 2019 - August 3, 2019
*This year, we are broadening our musical horizons and removing the session themes;
we encourage individuals with interests in all genres to apply to either or both.
$3,875 for one session, plus a $75 application fee
$7,250 for two sessions, plus a $75 application fee
$2,850 for one session, plus a $75 application fee
$5,100 for two sessions, plus a $75 application fee
The application for Summer Program 2019 is now closed. Please check back next year.