The 2021 MPulse Clarinet Institute will be a week-long program focusing on the development of strong fundamentals, improving tone production, and enhancing technical skills. Daily classes and instruction are led by Ellen Breakfield-Glick (Western Michigan University) and Daniel Gilbert (University of Michigan). Additional topics will include breathing techniques, strategies for effective practice, preparation for college auditions, clarinet solo works and orchestral excerpts, and incorporating technology into your practice.
Tuition information for both an in-person and online version of the program is listed below. Due to anticipated COVID-19 restrictions, a final decision on which version of the MPulse Clarinet Institute will be held will be made prior to the due date of the first deposit.
Session Dates: July 4–July 10, 2021
Online Tuition: $950
In Person Tuition $1,575
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
Admissions Notification: March 1, 2021
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Here you will
- Fill out your application
- Upload your audition materials (videos via sharable link (Google Drive (preferred), Dropbox or YouTube)
- Share any need-based scholarship information
- Pay your non-refundable application fee. ($75 per institute)
Please note you can revisit your application as many times as needed, however, all of the items listed above are due by your institute’s deadline. The application will automatically save as you fill in your application.
Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2021.
Applications may be accepted after the deadline if openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. Space is limited.
Admission notifications will be e-mailed on March 1, 2021.
Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.
Upload a 5-8 minute long video audition of one or more pieces, with or without accompaniment. For example:
- A piece performed at Solo and Ensemble Festival
- An etude
- An excerpt from something being played at school
- The selection(s) should demonstrate both technical and lyrical skills.
- Upload one color headshot
- Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
- Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
- Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.
Applicants should submit one teacher evaluation (artistic teacher or mentor(s) (preferred), academic teacher, or non-relative who can speak directly to the student’s academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance). A recommendation is required for this institute.
Given the disruptions caused by COVID, we know that student/teacher relationships may have been impacted, making it more difficult for students to acquire teacher recommendations. We still encourage students to submit a letter of recommendation, preferably someone who instructed the student within the prior 12 months. However, the teacher recommendation may come from someone other than a teacher (not a parent/guardian, grandparent, sibling or other relative) who can speak directly to the student’s academic and artistic aptitude, potential, and performance. This might include a community-based organization educator or academic support program professional.
Students should send this form to their recommender to fill out or the recommender may download the recommendation form here. Please have your recommender email their recommendation letter to email@example.com. Recommendations are due by February 1, 2021.
Download Recommendation Form – Available as PDF, Word Document, or Google Document
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:
- Monthly Expenses
- Previous Year’s Tax Return
- Statement of Need
In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.
Application open to Michigan residents only.
Apply for a Watson Scholarship
Contact MPulse using the information below:
MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660