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 for college music 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.

Applications are now open for the 2022–23 Michigan Youth Musicianship Course! See below for application requirements.

Class Time: Sundays, 11:00–11:55 a.m., 12:00–12:55 p.m.
Class Location: The Earl V. Moore Music Building (1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

[Updated 6/23/22] View the current MYE COVID-19 vaccination policy (this policy currently applies to the upcoming 202223 MYE Season)


Lecturer, Music Theory

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.

Those interested in participating in the 2022–23 Michigan Youth Musicianship Course Season should complete an application by following the directions posted in the following section.

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 courses’s curriculum.

Students interested in the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2022–23 academic year.

Applications for the 202223 Michigan Youth Musicianship Course are open now!


Application Deadline: by July 25, 2022

Steps for completing your MYMC Application: 

  • Click the link above to submit the MYMC application.
  • *Complete/submit the MYE Musicianship Assessment to< by Monday, July 25, 2022.
  • *Prepare the following excerpts to sing and schedule a time to meet via Zoom with our MYMC faculty by clicking here. Available times will begin Monday, July 25, and run to Friday, July 29, 2022. Students should submit their preferred time and date by Friday, July 22, 2022.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Any student who submits an application for the Michigan Youth Musicianship Course will be admitted automatically. The above mentioned placement exam and scheduled signing interviews are ONLY used to best determine where the student is in their musicianship training so faculty can best access curriculum design.

2022 – 2023 TUITION

Musicianship Course Fee – $315.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

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 rehearsal (September 11, 2022).
SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Contact SMTD’s Engagement & Outreach Office via email at or by 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

MYE 2022-2023 Participant & Family Policy Handbook

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.


updated June 23, 2022