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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.