The University of the arts


With a legacy of serving over 300 music educators from across the country each summer for over twenty years, the Summer Music Studies Program offers graduate level coursework for students interested in expanding upon their pedagogical, technological, musical, and instructional skills in all genre of music classrooms. Renowned faculty from The University of the Arts, as well as content experts from across the country, provide week-long graduate level instruction that is all about making and creating meaningful music. The University of the Arts provides the capacity to offer courses on multiple campuses, utilizing the latest resources and faculty, while offering reasonably priced housing options for our out of town students.

Our Master of Music in Music Education degree can be completed in as few as three or four summers, but must be completed within seven years of matriculation. All coursework is offered in conjunction with the Summer Music Studies Program. 

Summer 2016 Highlights!

  • RANDY BRECKER* will be the featured guest artist at the Jazz Education Symposium
    * sponsored in part by Yamaha
  • JUNG-HO PAK, conductor of the NAfME All National Honors Orchestra 2015 will be teaching new course, Orchestral Repertoire Strategies for Secondary String Ensembles
  • ADRIANA LINARES is back again for Summer 2016 to teach a strings techniques course
  • DR. TOM RUDOLPH will be offering an online iPad course
  • POLLY MURRAY, creative directorof ChildrenSong, will be teaching The Child Voice
  • TWO Orff Supplemental Courses
  • DR. SCOTT WATSON, acclaimed composer for bands will presenta new course: Rehearsal Strategies and Repertoire for Young Band


The Summer Music Studies (SMS) + Masters in Music Programs (MM) serve the needs of music teachers, offering matriculated degrees and non-matriculated graduate-level courses for professional development that meet PA Act 48 requirements.


Summer 2016 Schedule:

  • Session 1: JUNE 27 - JULY 1
  • Session 2: JULY 5 - JULY 9
    JULY 5 - JULY 8
  • Session 3: JULY 11 - JULY 15
  • Session 4: JULY 18 - JULY 22
  • Session 5: JULY 25 - JULY 29

View Summer 2016 course offerings