Michigan Youth Euphonium & Tuba Seminar

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Michigan Youth Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble (MYETE) will be moving completely online, reimagined as the Michigan Youth Euphonium & Tuba Seminar. Students will participate in weekly webinars to help develop the serious high school euphonium and/or tuba player. Seminars will be led by U-M SMTD Professor of Euphonium & Tuba, David Zerkel.

A full schedule of webinar topics is included in the schedule below. This year, MYETE will also be open to high-school aged musicians from across the country! Be sure to read below for instructions on applying for MYETE.

U-M Faculty Director: Professor David Zerkel

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Rehearsal Location: Online via Zoom meeting (accessible via the MYETE course on Canvas)

Fall Term (2020)

September 13
MYETE Webinar 1
Orientation and meet and greet

September 20
MYETE Webinar 2
What’s important?: Ideas on effective practice strategies

September 27
MYETE Webinar 3
Which materials will help to advance my playing?

October 4
MYETE Webinar 4
SMTD Admissions session

October 11
MYETE Webinar 5
Sound production

October 18
MYETE Webinar 6
Building range: Upward

October 25
MYETE Webinar 7
Recording yourself from home

November 1
MYETE Webinar 8
Building range: Downward

November 8
MYETE Webinar 9
What makes a performance “musical”, and why is that so important?

November 15
MYETE Webinar 10
Audition strategies- from district band to college admissions to the “President’s Own”

Winter Term* (2021)

January 24
MYETE Webinar 1
Webinar- Topic TBA

January 31
MYETE Webinar 2
Building technique: From slow to fast*

February 7
MYETE Webinar 3
Basic math- Mastering rhythmic playing

February 14
MYETE Webinar 4
Webinar- Topic TBA

February 21
MYETE Webinar 5
Articulating articulation*

February 28
MYETE Webinar 6
Steps toward comprehensive musicianship

March 7
MYETE Webinar 7
Webinar- Topic TBA

March 14
MYETE Webinar 8
Building dynamic range

March 21
MYETE Webinar 9
What should I be listening to?

March 28
MYETE Webinar 10
MYE Wrap up and Q&A

*Final schedule information for the Winter 2021 forthcoming. Be sure to check back in late October / early November 2020.

No audition is required for this seminar.

Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  1. Fill out the MYE online application form
  2. Pay the $50 application fee

Application Deadline – September 1, 2020
Registration Information Sent – September 4, 2020

Please note: All applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, if positions are available.

MYETS Fee – $175
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $175.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

Need-Based Financial Assistance
A limited number of need-based awards are available. To be considered for a need-based award you must complete the online financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 13, 2020). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Please contact us at or (734) 936-2660.

MYE 2020-2021 Student Handbook
The 2020-2021 Michigan Youth Ensembles Handbook will be available in mid-August.

Accessing University of Michigan Canvas
Access U-M Canvas for class information. Each ensemble will have a separate Canvas page, available by September 8, 2020. Information will be emailed in mid-August with directions for setting up your Canvas “Friend Account.”

Student Absence Form
To report a planned absence, complete the ONLINE MYE ABSENCE FORM. Please submit all forms at least one week before the planned date of absence.