Study in Ghana - African Music, Arts & Culture Workshop 2015
July 1-23, 2015
Music 597B/C: UMass African Drum & Dance Cultural Field Study in Ghana Jeremy Cohen, Adjunct Faculty & Founder/Director of ThisWorldMusic
Study in Ghana, West Africa! Participants live for 2 weeks at the Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Centre, taking studio classes with local artists in traditional African music, dance and craft making. During the remaining week, the Study in Ghana group explores Kakum National Park rainforest, historic Cape Coast Castle, and the capital city of Accra.
Enrollment is open to students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as to the general public. Residents of Canada are also welcome to apply. Learn more at: Study in Ghana.
Sponsored by the UMass Amherst International Programs Office
5th Annual UMass Summer Conducting Institute
July 22-25, 2015
We are very excited to announce the 5th Annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Conducting Institute!
For four days this summer, join conductors Tony Thornton, Matthew Westgate, guest clinicians Wayne Abercrombie (choral), and Rodney Winther (wind), the Institute Chorus, and participants from across the country for masterclasses and seminars focused on the art of conducting. The Institute provides intensive training for early or mid-career conductors, significant podium time (ninety minutes plus!), private lessons, score study of accompanied and unaccompanied repertoire, and the opportunity to work with a resident string quartet and our outstanding Institute Chorus. Only 8 conducting fellows will be accepted into the program to ensure maximum podium time.
Those wishing to attend the Institute as an auditor (singing in the ensembles, but not conducting) may do so for a reduced fee. Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed conducting courses at the undergraduate or graduate level. Conductors leave inspired with new ideas and techniques to bring to their home ensembles.
Early Registration by May 31, 2015
Late Registration by June 15, 2015
This is a course in thinking about and thinking "in" music. You will learn to read and interpret music notation, and study the patterns typical of musical pitch and rhythm. In gaining familiarity with this system called "music theory," you will acquire many logical and algorithmic reasoning skills.
Homework, quizzes, and a final exam will assess and evaluate your ability to solve music theory problems, using the concepts and skills you have learned.
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!
One of the best music schools/departments in Massachusetts and in New England, offering graduate and undergraduate Music Education, Jazz, Performance, Music History and Music Theory degrees and programs.