Summer Institute : Music : Curriculum

The Goods

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.

Core Curriculum

  • Private Lessons
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Small Group Lessons
  • Small and Large Ensemble Rehearsals
  • Departmental Workshops and Clinics

The Extras

  • Master classes and guest lecturers
  • Instructor performances
  • Story time: real-world tales from musicians
  • Jam sessions
  • Music and dance collaboration
  • Ensemble concerts
  • Field trips

The Shows

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 .  A recording of the final performance will be sent to you at the end of the program.

The Takeaway

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:


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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.

  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday  Sunday 
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    
3pm Improvisation Improvisation Improvisation Improvisation Improvisation    
4pm -
Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Activities with CA's
7 pm - 9pm   Jam Session   Jam Session     Activities with CA's