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Michigan Youth Musicianship Course

Up to date as of 03/1/21 for 2021-2022 season
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.

Though any are welcome to apply, all applicants will be asked to take an assessment test before the start of the term. This in no way affects a student’s admission, but acts as a guide as to whether they should be placed in introductory or advanced course tracks. More information on both tracks are listed below.A link to the assessment test is included in the application. .

We are currently planning on holding MYMC rehearsals in person for the Fall 2021 Semester. In the event that conditions do not allow us to host rehearsals safely in person, we are also planning a robust online MYMC experience that will build upon what was offered during the 2020-2021 season.


In this course, only a basic reading ability of treble and bass clef will be required. If an applicant is not comfortable with one or both of these, resources will be provided to help develop their will fluency. The first part of this course will take on / develop understanding of the building blocks of western tonal music (i.e. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart). Students will learn how to identify and write different types of scales, intervals, and chords. They will learn how to identify and label musical structures such as phrases and cadences in real examples from the music literature. Once students have developed the ability to work with these foundational elements, they will begin to identify triads and seventh chords as well as learning how to complete a basic roman numeral analysis and reduction. Dependent on the progression of the class, students will be introduced to some jazz and popular music elements near the end of the semester.

The second part of this course will tackle the introductory elements of species counterpoint. Similar but distinct from functional harmony, this material will allow students to develop their understanding of rules of counterpoint. By the end of this semester, students will have a strong grasp of at least the first three species and will be able to put the rules of counterpoint into practice; students will emerge with some short compositions based around the rules of counterpoint many well known composers have studied and emulated.

In both course tracks, students will spend some time discussing and practicing melodic dictation, a practice often seen in collegiate level theory programs.

Class Time: Sundays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Class Location: Earl V. Moore Music Building (UM North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Fall Term (2021)
September 12
MYE Musicianship Course Orientation

September 19
MYE Musicianship Course 1

September 26
MYE Musicianship Course 2

October 3
MYE Musicianship Course 3

October 10
MYE Musicianship Course 4

October 17
MYE Musicianship Course 5

October 24
MYE Musicianship Course 6

October 31
MYE Musicianship Course 7

November 7
MYE Musicianship Course 8

November 14
MYE Musicianship Course 9

November 21
MYE Musicianship Course 10 November

Winter Term (2022)

January 9
MYE Musicianship Course 1

January 16
MYE Musicianship Course 2

January 23
MYE Musicianship Course 3

January 30
MYE Musicianship Course 4

February 6
MYE Musicianship Course 5

February 13
MYE Musicianship Course 6

February 20
MYE Musicianship Course 7

March 6
MYE Musicianship Course 8

March 13
MYE Musicianship Course 9

March 20
MYE Musicianship Course 10

In this course, a strong reading ability of both treble and bass clef will be expected, as well as some prior experience with music theory, such as identifying and writing triad and scale types. This course will be structured in a way similar to the introductory track: beginning with functional harmony and eventually moving to species counterpoint. Students will move at a faster speed, exploring more advanced topics such as seventh chords, applied harmonies, chromatic harmonies, modulations, and more advanced roman numeral and phrase analysis.

During the Winter 2022 semester, students will learn all five types of species counterpoint, using this knowledge to analyze various pieces from the Renaissance era (i.e. masses, madrigals, and motets). Similar to the introductory track, students will use knowledge of the rules of counterpoint to create their own species compositions, and ultimately a short two or three-voice piece.

In both course tracks, students will spend some time discussing and practicing melodic dictation, a practice often seen in collegiate level theory programs.

Class Time: Sundays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Class Location: Earl V. Moore Music Building (UM North Campus,, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

Fall Term (2021)
September 12
MYE Musicianship Course Orientation

September 19
MYE Musicianship Course 1

September 26
MYE Musicianship Course 2

October 3
MYE Musicianship Course 3

October 10
MYE Musicianship Course 4

October 17
MYE Musicianship Course 5

October 24
MYE Musicianship Course 6

October 31
MYE Musicianship Course 7

November 7
MYE Musicianship Course 8

November 14
MYE Musicianship Course 9

November 21
MYE Musicianship Course 10

Winter Term (2022)
January 9
MYE Musicianship Course 1

January 16
MYE Musicianship Course 2

January 23
MYE Musicianship Course 3

January 30
MYE Musicianship Course 4

February 6
MYE Musicianship Course 5

February 13
MYE Musicianship Course 6

February 20
MYE Musicianship Course 7

March 6
MYE Musicianship Course 8

March 13
MYE Musicianship Course 9

March 20
MYE Musicianship Course 10

No audition is required for the Musicianship Course. However, a placement exam will be available for students to take in order to place them appropriately in either the introductory or advanced course track.

Those interested in applying for MYMC should complete this assessment no later than July 1, 2021. We recommend taking this without reference material, as the purpose of this test is to find the best track so you may get the most out of your MYMC experience. Please include your finished assessment in your CampDoc application. For notation, please print, fill in, and scan the assessment.


Start your application now

Here you will

  1. Fill out your application.
  2. Upload your assessment.
  3. Pay your non-refundable application fee. ($50 per ensemble).

Please note you can revisit your application as many times as needed, however, all of the items listed above are due by your ensemble’s deadline. The application will automatically save as you fill in your application.

The priority deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is April 30, 2021.

Students who submitted their materials by the priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first. Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual ensemble. Space is limited.

Placement notifications will be e-mailed on May 21, 2021.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Musicianship Course Fee $300
Non-refundable application fee $50

Need-Based Scholarship Awards
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

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 12, 2021). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Please contact us at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu or (734) 936-2660.

MYE 2020-2021 Student Handbook
The 2021-2022 Michigan Youth Ensembles Handbook will be released in March 2021.

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Access U-M Canvas for class information.

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.