School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Michigan Youth Musicianship Course

The Michigan Youth Musicianship Course (MYMC) is a non-performance based class, focused on strengthening a student’s individual musicianship through the study of music theory, musical analysis, and aural skills in preparation of college music theory placement exams. MYMC is open to any and all interested high school students, whether they are currently enrolled in other Michigan Youth Ensemble programs or not. Please see below for instructions on applying.

MYMC Announcements

(1/26/23) Info Session on MYE’s 2023-2024 Season!

Interested in joining MYE for our next exciting season? SMTD will be hosting informational sessions for interested students and their families on Sunday, February 19th. Click here to R.S.V.P Today!

(12/16/22) Applications for MYMC’s 2023-2024 Season arriving soon!

See the “Applicaton | Eligibility” and “Tuition | Fees | Scholarship” sections below for more information on MYMC’s 2023-2024 Season. Feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email ( if you have any questions.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Musicianship Course are now open!

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis following the May 1, 2022, priority deadline. Feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email ( if you have any questions.

Please note that any student who applies for the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course will not be turned away. The assessment test/ interview is used to place students in the appropriate MYMC course level, not to decide their admission to the program.

Class Information

Time: Sundays, 11:00 – 11:55 A.M., 12:00 – 12:55 P.M.
Location: The Earl V. Moore Music Building
(1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Season Schedule

*NOTE: Dates and times for Musicianship Course classes are subject to change




Music theorist and collaborative pianist Joshua Tanis balances a career as a performing and academic musician. He holds the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory and Composition from Florida State University. As a music theorist, he has held faculty positions at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and—his current position as the Aural Skills Coordinator—at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. His primary research focuses on musical and textual forms in Richard Strauss’s songs for voice and piano. As a collaborative pianist, he has worked with singers from the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Teatro alla Scala, the Houston Grand Opera, the Broadway community, and elsewhere.


CEO, Executive & Artistic Director – Seven Pillars

Melissa-Kay Grey, MM, is an avid performer and teaching artist located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and of Jamaican heritage. An advocate of contemporary music, she has commissioned, recorded, and performed works for solo flute and chamber ensembles. She has collaborated with notable composers such as Grammy Award Winner Michael Daugherty, Peter Ashbourne, Frederick Isaac, and Carmen Marulanda. In addition to contemporary music, Melissa enjoys expanding her classical background by working with artists in jazz, latin, and reggae genres. Earlier this year, she recorded two songs with Grammy Nominated Producer, Mario Lawrence in Kingston Jamaica.

Melissa enjoys expanding her classical background to entrepreneurship and nonprofits including serving as CEO for Seven Pillars and Artistic Director for the Interactive Flute Retreat, an annual event in South Haven, Michigan.

Applications | Eligibility

(updated for 2023-24 season)

Applications for the 2023-2024 season will be available in December 2022. For questions about applications, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at

NOTE: Anyone who applies for the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course will be automatically admitted, the below-mentioned assessments are only used to determine where the student is in their musicianship training to best suit their needs within the course’s curriculum.


Students interested in the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 202324 academic year.

Tuition | Fees | Scholarships

Musicianship Course Fee – $330.00
Non-refundable application fee – $30

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

Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first regularly scheduled class of the current MYE season. Those wishing to learn more about the MYE Refund Policy can do so by clicking here: SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Contact Us

Email at
Phone at (734) 936-2660

DURING MYE SEASON (approx. September – March) Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

OUT OF SEASON (approx. March – August) Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors phone lines during the following hours, regardless of the time of year

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

updated 12/16/22