Summer Institute : Music

July 13 - August 1, 2015 |     3 weeks 
|     3 college credits

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The Goods

During this three-week program you will perform, study and collaborate with unrivaled musicians to earn three college credits and take your sound to the next level. With our faculty of regularly touring and recording musicians, you will discover what kind of performer, composer or entrepreneur you can be through a combination of lessons, ensembles, performances and workshops. You will improve your technique and study musical styles, improvisation, theory, ear training, reading and performance through playing jazz and a range of other styles from Latin to funk. By playing in a variety of groups such as our small ensembles and big bands, you will learn how to express your unique voice with your instrument. Jam with students from around the world, get a taste for the college life and make connections with industry experts.

Students are accepted into the program in one of the following performance areas:

  • Bass (upright or electric)
  • Drum Set
  • Guitar
  • Vibes
  • Latin and Brazilian Hand Drum
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Voice

You should be proficient in your instrument; Music faculty will determine your placement in small ensembles, big bands and large ensembles when you arrive on campus.

The Extras

  • Master classes and guest lecturers
  • Faculty performances
  • Story Time: Real-world tales from musicians
  • Jam sessions
  • Music and Dance collaboration
  • Music and Music Business collaboration
  • Ensemble concerts
  • Field trips

The Show
At UArts there is a constant flow of collaboration and concert performances. Each week provides many opportunities to perform. Impromptu jam sessions, Friday night small ensembles, student-organized flash mobs, if you can play it, you can do it. The final public concert is streamed live for friends, students and family in the University’s Caplan Recital Hall.
Listen to last year's final performance here.

The Takeaway
You will emerge from this three-week program with new skills and confidence as a musician, connections to both a network of peers and actively touring and recording faculty, as well as three college credits.

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The program focuses on jazz, with an overview of other styles and genres of music.

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All courses are taught by renowned professional musicians who are also members of the School of Music's faculty.

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Registration + Tuition

Download our registration form and find the tuition rates and deadlines for all programs.

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Student Life + Housing

The University of the Arts' campus is located in Center City Philadelphia and is easy to navigate by foot.

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Important Dates + Policies

Mark your calendar and learn more about tuition discounts and our Student Code of Conduct.

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Summer Institute Open House

Join us Saturday, April 18 from 1-4pm to learn about our Pre-College Summer Institute.

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View our 2015 Summer Institute brochure and registration form.

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Scholarship funds are limited, therefore awards are competitive.

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