Summer Institute : Music : Classes

The Program

Students will participate in:

Lessons Work with University faculty to improve style, technique, improvisation, and music reading in your chosen areas of interest.

Jazz Improvisation Want to become a stronger jazz performer? Work closely with faculty to build your vocabulary, rhythm, physical performance and ear training, as well as your understanding of jazz theory fundamentals.

Small Ensembles Work closely alongside three to five fellow students, and under the direction of a faculty musician, to interpret and harmonize melodies, improvise and play as a cohesive ensemble.

Large Ensemble Learn from — and savor — the distinctive experience of performing with a large ensemble. All students will take part in an ensemble performance, whether big band, advanced small group, jazz vocal, or a guitar or Latin percussion ensemble. All groups perform in a final concert on the last day of the program.

Departmental Workshops Work with and receive direction from master faculty who share your area of strength. Small groups will be broken down by instrument or emphasis to discuss topics from the heritage of the instrument or musical style to ensemble performance and career development. Workshops also include Music Composition, Songwriting, and Maximizing Practice Time.


Note: Evening and Weekend activities are part of this program’s curriculum. Commuter students are expected to participate in all non-optional activities including evening performances.

Watch videos of past performances: