Summer Institute : Music : Courses
After a brief orientation on the first day of classes, you will go directly into small ensemble rehearsals. Your taped audition will determine your placement in small ensembles, big bands and large ensembles/big bands. There may be a need for a short sight-reading audition at the beginning of large ensembles. This will determine the final placement in big band. Schedules and music will be provided upon placement in your various ensembles, detailing both time and room assignments.
All students meet with a special guest artist, including a performance and lecture by the guest. You will also have the opportunity to perform for the artist and be critiqued by him.
You will receive one-on-one sessions with University faculty. Teachers work with you on style, technique, improvisation, reading, and your own areas of interest.
Small classes specific to drummers, vocalists and other instruments, each class will work on jazz vocabulary, rhythm and ear training, as well as some elements of jazz theory. This class is designed to aid you in an overall understanding of jazz performance.
These ensembles of various musical styles will be comprised of approximately four to six students. With the help of an experienced coach, you will work on interpreting and harmonizing melodies, improvising and group interplay. This will culminate in a performance at the end of the first week. Then, each ensemble will receive a new coach for the second week and perform again.
All students will also have some form of a large ensemble, which may include big band, advanced small group, jazz singers, a Latin percussion ensemble, or a guitar ensemble. All of these groups will perform in a final concert on the last day of the program.
Much like a group lesson, departmental workshops are instrumental/vocal-specific meetings with a working professional. You will be broken into groups by instrument to discuss topics from the heritage of the instrument to ensemble playing and career development.
This is an opportunity for a faculty member to sit down with students and share a bit of their professional journey. This time may involve life lessons, anecdotes from a gigs, and insights into how develop as a professional. Students are encouraged to ask questions, which each faculty member will offer their own unique perspective.