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Summer 2015

Music Courses/Workshops

At UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance

Study in Ghana- African Music, Arts & Culture Workshop 2015

5th Annual UMass Conducting Institute, July 22-25

Online Music Theory & Appreciation Courses, 5/18-6/26 or 7/6-8/14

Pre-College Course, Music & Technology, July 12-18

Jazz in July Summer Music Programs, July 13-24

Study in Ghana - African Music, Arts & Culture Workshop 2015

One Session:
July 1-23, 2015

Study Abroad
6 credits


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

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5th Annual UMass Summer Conducting Institute
July 22-25, 2015    Wind or Choral tracks

We are very excited to announce the 5th Annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Conducting Institute!

For four days this summer, join UMass professors/conductors Tony Thornton, Matthew Westgate, guest clinicians Wayne Abercrombie (choral), and Rodney Winther (wind), and participants from across the country for masterclasses and seminars focused on the art of conducting. Frank Battisti will be a special guest during the week as well. This workshop is focused on helping you become a better conductor, teacher, and listener.  Activities include conducting the UMass Summer Wind Ensemble or the Institute Choral 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. 
Tony Thornton

Conducting Participants (limited to 16) will conduct either the UMass Summer Wind Ensemble or Institute Choral Ensemble each day and participate in all sessions.  This track is designed for conductors that have completed undergraduate conducting courses and/or possess a Bachelor’s degree in music. 
Auditor Participants participate in all of the sessions, but do not conduct the ensembles.  Enrollment for the Auditor track is open and recommended for musicians of all levels and abilities.  Auditors are an invaluable part of this workshop!

Registration closes May 15, 2015.

For registration and further details:
Wind Conducting track:
Choral Conducting track:

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Online Summer Music Courses

For more info and to register (enrollment begins March 16):

Course # Title Class # Instructor Session Dates Gen. Ed.
MUSIC 110 Fundamentals of Theory 21373 Stefan Love Online
CS1 - CPE Summer Session 1 (5/18-6/26)
MUSIC 110 Fundamentals of Theory 21374 Stefan Love Online
CS2 - CPE Summer Session 2 (7/6-8/14)


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.

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Course # Title Class # Instructor Session Dates Gen. Ed.
MUSIC 100 Appreciation Introduction 21452 Lance Lehmberg Online
CS1 - CPE Summer Session 1 (5/18-6/26)
AT 4 Open

This class surveys music of the European classical and popular traditions, including representative examples from around the world. Music fundamentals, forms, and styles will be discussed. The classification of music examples using traditional terms for Western music will be compared with terms from ethnomusicology used to study music in its cultural context.

We will examine music examples of all types and genres on two levels: 1) the sound itself, and 2) the historical and social context in which these sounds were created. The course takes an active-listening approach that focuses on the elements of music and applies them to examples drawn from the entire world. No specialized knowledge of, or training in music is a necessary pre-requisite to successfully completing this course.

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Pre-College Summer Music Course

To apply, visit

Music & Technology, July 12-18

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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