Michigan Youth Musicianship Course

Last updated 9/27/23

Musicianship in Practice and Performance…

The Michigan Youth Musicianship Course (MYMC) is dedicated to enhancing musical aptitude, awareness, and performance. Collaboratively designed by faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and musicians from the Ann Arbor community, this course is an excellent supplement to the popular Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory and Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) curricula. MYMC challenges students to implement music theory and aural skills in their practice and performance, deepening their connection to music. Students who successfully complete the four semesters of MYMC are prepared for undergraduate coursework and entrance exams.

MYMC Announcements

(9/27/23) Applications closed for MYE’s 2023-2024 Season

We are no longer accepting applications for MYE’s 2023-2024 Season. Check back in December 2023 for information on joining us for our 75th Annivesary Season in 2024-2025! 

Class Information

Updated for the 2023-2024 Season

Time: Sundays, 11:00 – 11:55 A.M., 12:00 – 12:55 P.M.
Location: Room 2058

The Earl V. Moore Music Building
(1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Season Schedule

Click the button below for a the finalized 2023-2024 Season Schedule for the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course.




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

We are no longer acceptiong applications for MYE’s 2023-2024 Season. Check back in December 2023 for information on joining us for our 75th Anniversary Season in 2024-2025!

Application requirements for our 2024-2025 Season will be posted in December. For sample requirements, please see below for our 2023-2024 application requirements


  • Complete the 2023-2024 Michigan Youth Ensembles Application via the button below.
  • Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify based on financial need (contact Engagement & Outreach Staff for more information).

NOTE: Anyone who applies for the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course will be automatically admitted! No interested student is turned away.

Students interested in the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course must be enrolled in grades 9 (nine) through 12 (twelve) for the 2023-2024 academic year.

For additional questions, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

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 smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu
Phone at (734) 936-2660

The Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails / phone lines at the following times:

  • Monday – Friday, 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST