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Summer 2017

Music Courses/Workshops

At UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance

7th Annual UMass Conducting Institute, July 27-30

Online Music Courses, 5/22-6/30 or 7/10-8/18

Pre-College Course, Music & Technology, July 23-29

Jazz in July Summer Music Programs, July 10-21


7th Annual UMass Summer Conducting Institute
July 26-29, 2017    Wind track only

We are very excited to announce the 7th Annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Conducting Institute!

All sessions will be held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Fine Arts Center and George N. Parks Band Building.  This workshop is focused on helping you become a better conductor, teacher, and listener.  Activities include conducting the UMass Summer Wind Ensemble and clinics/sessions that directly relate to your life as a conductor, teacher, and artist: literature selection, score study, rehearsal strategies, creativity, conducting technique, and leadership skills. 

Guest clinicians include Dr. Michael Votta and Frank Battisti.

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The Institute is currently fully enrolled. Contact Professor Westgate to be placed on the waiting list, or to audit the course. There is no limit on the number of auditors.

For further details:
Wind Conducting track:

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Online Summer Music Courses

For more info and to register for online summer music courses:

Course # Title Class # Instructor Session Dates Gen. Ed.
MUSIC 110 Fundamentals of Theory 21007 Brent Auerbach, Christopher White Online
CS2 - CPE Summer Session 2 (7/10-8/18)
MUSIC 190M Culture, Society and Broadway 21399 Sara Jones Online
CS1 - CPE Summer Session 1 (5/22-6/30)



Course # Title Class # Instructor Session Dates Gen. Ed.
MUSIC 100 Appreciation Introduction 21034 Lance Lehmberg Online
CS1 - CPE Summer Session 1 (5/22-6/30)
AT 4 Open


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Pre-College Summer Music Course

To apply, visit

Music & Technology, July 23-29
Taught by UMass & Five College Music Professor Robert Eisenstein

With little more than a computer, a microphone and a midi keyboard it is possible to explore all the wonderful ways of making music electronically. In this one week course we will focus on the principles of recording, editing and mixing digital audio as well as electronic synthesis and sequencing. In the process we will consider the basics of composition and arranging. No prior experience is required, but more advanced music students are welcome as well. We will all compose our own music in our favorite and other styles! Mornings will be spent in lab class, learning software and techniques, and afternoon sessions will be devoted to individual work on projects/compositions. Each student will have his/her own workstation. There will also be a field trip to a professional recording studio in the area. Come with open ears and a willingness to experiment and play!

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