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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 Course, 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

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.
Tony Thornton

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

Please visit our website.

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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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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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