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

Michigan Youth Musicianship Course

Last updated 5/15/23

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

(5/15/23) Make-Up MYMC Applications Available!

Make-Up Applications for MYMC’s 2023-2024 Season are now available! Interested students can submit an application via the link listed in the “Applications | Eligibility” section below. Reminder: admission to the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course is automatic! Questions? Contact the Office of Engagement & Outreach at

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

*This is a tentative schedule that closely resembles the time commitment students can expect during the MYE Season. A finalized schedule will be posted in May 2023.




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

Make-Up Applications for Michigan Youth Musicianship Course’s 2023-2024 Season are due

5:00 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2023

Applications are still available for the 2023-2024 Michigan Youth Musicianship Course Year! To enroll in the course, students must complete the following steps.


  • 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

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

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

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