Summer Institute : Music : Curriculum
Designed to provide you an opportunity to perform with your peers in a professional university environment, this program focuses on jazz and covers other musical styles and genres including Latin and funk. During your two weeks on campus you will engage in new processes for learning, creating and performing great music from University faculty who love playing and teaching. You will improve your knowledge of technique, musical styles, improvisation, theory, ear training, reading and performance in a variety of contemporary music ensemble settings.
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 and voice. You should be proficient in your instrument; through your audition video, Music faculty will determine your placement in small ensembles, big bands and large ensembles before you arrive on campus.
- Private Lessons
- Jazz Improvisation
- Small Group Lessons
- Small and Large Ensemble Rehearsals
- Departmental Workshops and Clinics
- Master classes and guest lecturers
- Instructor performances
- Story time: real-world tales from musicians
- Jam sessions
- Music and dance collaboration
- Ensemble concerts
- Field trips
STUDENT JAM SESSIONS + SMALL GROUP PERFORMANCES
You will have the opportunity to play in informal jam sessions with instructors and UArts undergraduate students for an audience compromised of Pre-College Summer Institute students on campus. Additionally, you will have the chance to play in the School of Music’s new Caplan Performance Hall. Friends and family are welcome to attend all performances. Notification of performances will be sent to parents at the start of the program.
The final performance is a major part of the Summer Institute experience and gives you real-life experience performing in front of an audience. On the final Saturday of the program, parents and friends are invited to our School of Music’s Caplan Performance Hall. All performances will be available to watch live online at http://new.livestream.com/uartscaplan . A recording of the final performance will be sent to you at the end of the program.
You will emerge from this two-week program with new skills and confidence as a musician, as well as a connection to a community of peers and nationally renowned musicians.
Watch videos of past performances:
- SI 2013 Large Ensemble Concert
- SI 2013 Small Ensemble Concert I
- SI 2013 Small Ensemble Concert II
- SI Faculty Concert
2014 MUSIC SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Information below is for the 2014 program. Information for the 2015 program coming soon.
You will receive an individualized schedule determined by your instrument and level of proficiency. All students are required to attend mandatory classes from 9 am – 7:30 pm Monday through Friday, with scheduled breaks for lunch and dinner. You are also expected to attend field trips and guest performances on Saturdays. Commuters, please note that classes/performances are required until 7:30 pm and on Saturdays.
|8 am - 9am||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Brunch||Brunch|
|9 am||Department Workshop||Department Workshop||Master Class||Department Workshop||Department Workshop|
|10am||Small Ensemble Rehearsal||Small Ensemble Rehearsal||Small Ensemble Rehearsal||Small Ensemble Rehearsal||Small Ensemble Rehearsal||Field Trip to Local Professional Performance||Bus trip to Wildwood (optional)|
|11am||Practice||Private Lesson||Practice||Private Lesson||Practice|
|12 pm - 1pm||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|1pm||Large Ensemble or Big Band||Large Ensemble or Big Band||Large Ensemble or Big Band||Large Ensemble or Big Band||Large Ensemble or Big Band|
|Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Dinner||Activities with CA's|
|7 pm - 9pm||Jam Session||Jam Session||Activities with CA's|