The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
After spending their summers working for top performing arts organizations, four undergraduates help promote their host organization's performances in Ann Arbor.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
July 8-14, 2018
Priority Deadline: Feb. 9, 2018
The Jazz Institute is open to students in grades 9-11 during the academic year. All instruments are welcome to apply. Class offerings include:
The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)
Note: Audition requirements for your specific instrument are listed below.
All instruments (excluding piano, guitar, bass, and drums)
Upload a recording including the following three components:
Option 1 (Recommended)
A recording of you performing a melody (head) and improvised solo to either a blues, rhythm changes, or standard jazz tune, either with a combo or play-a-long recording.
A recording of you performing a jazz etude to demonstrate proficiency on your instrument in the jazz style. For example; a jazz etude, a bebop head, or a transcription of a solo.
A recording of you performing an etude or other piece (any style) to demonstrate proficiency on your instrument.
Piano, Guitar, and Bass
Upload a recording including the following two components:
(Rhythm section players must be able to read the appropriate clefs for their instruments.)
Upload a recording including the following components:
(Optional) You may have one of your current music teachers (school teacher or private teacher) assess your work in a letter of recommendation. In addition to your musical abilities, the letter may discuss your personal characteristics such as initiative, dependability, and your commitment to increasing your musical skills. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.
Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is February 9, 2018. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 23, 2018.
Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.
Decisions will not be given by phone.
Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.
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