Many young professionals just a few years out from graduation currently working for or developing an arts organization – such as a music school, a festival, a 501(c)(3) – are looking to make the move to a higher leadership position and take their careers and organizations to the next level. The Bootcamp was designed with this transitional stage in mind. Participants will gain a unique set of skills, techniques, and knowledge that will allow them to enhance their careers and grow as a leader. Each session works with an expert in the field of finance, law, fundraising, DEI, and leadership. Following the online workshops, participants will be set up with 1:1 mentorship sessions through the end of the summer with all of our lead faculty.


The Eastman Summer Tuba & Euphonium Institute is a weeklong experience where you will hone your musicianship, strengthen career-building skills, and expand your network of colleagues and mentors. Every participant will have the opportunity to perform in a masterclass, play in small and large tuba/euphonium ensembles, and take a private lesson with one of the faculty members. We will also have daily warm-up classes, special workshops on health and wellness, and a session on how to create a life in music. The institute ends with a Participant Chamber Music Concert. Designed for advanced high school, college, and graduate-level students; adult lifelong learners also welcome! In-person and online auditor options available.


The use of music as a healing force is thousands of years old, and many of us can think of instances when music brought comfort or changed our mood/energy. Music is finding a place in the modern healthcare system and there are many opportunities for artists to use their skills in the service of health in their own communities. This online course will explore the spectrum of roles that music plays in the healthcare environment, from music for self-care to the most personalized and targeted music therapy field. We will read articles, watch videos, discuss what makes this field different from teaching or performing music, and meet a variety of practitioners from the different fields of music in medicine. By the end of this course, participants will understand the layers of professional applications of music in medicine and will have gained the skillset to begin working in public healthcare spaces offering appropriately chosen, environmentally supportive music.

This course is designed for collegiate and adult participants; high school students will be considered if space is available. Participants of all musical backgrounds and experience levels are welcome to register; there is no performance requirement for the class. Enrollment limited to 15 students.


MusiKinesis® maintains core principles and techniques of the Dalcroze method, highlighting its most effective aspects for teachers and musicians today. Like Dalcroze Eurhythmics, MusiKinesis® is a study of music through physical movement exercises. Both incorporate ear training, improvisation, and sound principles of teaching.

A key difference is that while Dalcroze methodology conforms to elements designed for a different place, time, and purpose, MusiKinesis® is focused on the here and now. Freed from arcane rules and drills, it offers wider range of applications with depth and precision in key areas of focus. MusiKinesis® is further informed by modern dance and music, themselves influenced by Jaques-Dalcroze.

Daily work includes ear-body tune up exercises, rhythmic movement studies, creative collaborations, somatic release experiences, teaching strategies, and a variety of practical materials. You’ll come away from this intensive session revitalized, inspired, and ready to put it all into practice!


This course presents concepts and principles which demystify the creative process and simultaneously guide participants into improvisation and composition. Interactive sessions explore the topics of sound exploration and musical parameters, motivic development and variation, generating musical form and structure, and creation as response (musical storytelling, accompanying, & collaborative creation) with examples and real-time application of each topic to both improvisation and composition.

The online workshop includes group improvisation exercises followed by reflection and discussion, individualized feedback and coaching, and a sharing during the final session. No prior experience in improvisation or composition is necessary, though the series is suitable for those with experience. Jazz musicians are welcome, but the course will explore improvisation from the lens of classical music. Open to high school, collegiate, and adult participants.


Many performers think that their misfires on stage will go away with ever more practicing, or rituals, or just blanking out the audience. People say, “You’ll get over nerves!” But the truth is that nerves aren’t a problem and people don’t ever “get rid” of them. The top performers learn as much as they can about themselves to know their own habitual patterns of response to stress and learn how to employ healthy techniques to work with their energy and responses.

In this class, we will work through the text Performance Success by Don Greene, and support each other in developing the areas of our habits/responses that can help us each reach our optimal performance state.

This online course is open to high school, collegiate, and adult musicians. Participants may register as performers (full participation, including the final mock audition) or as auditors (auditors may observe all sessions but will not participate in the mock audition experience).


If you are looking to gain skills needed for professional ballet accompanying jobs, learn an approachable method to start improvising music, develop exquisite listening skill, or find ways of collaborating with artists across diverse disciplines, this course will help you become a more versatile musician and artist.

Course sessions will feature instructor presentation of techniques/tools to enhance dance accompaniment music, participants demonstrating their work, detailed comments by the instructor and feedback from other students, small group activities, and practice time. Assignments will include a variety of activities such as listening, arranging, practicing improvisation at the piano, and some composition.

This course is available in two formats: a one-week in-person institute and a six-week online workshop.