Summer Study

  • UW Music Summer Study
    UW Music students enjoy practicing in the Quad
  • UW Summer Band 2017
    UW Music Summer Band 2017
  • Smithsonian Folkways certificate in World Music Pedagogy
    Smithsonian Folkways certificate in World Music Pedagogy class
  • Seattle Piano Institute
    2015 Seattle Piano Institute Session 1 students on stage with Co-Directors Robin McCabe and Craig Sheppard

Summer Quarter at the School of Music invites an intensive approach to study and performance with a selection of for-credit course offerings. Please see the UW Time Schedule for a complete listing of summer courses.

In addition to courses offered for UW credit, the School of Music is host to a number of special learning opportunities, including workshops, symposiums, and institutes. A few of these are listed below. Please visit the links for more information. 

Classical Guitar Summer Workshop

An ensemble-based youth guitar immersion experience, featuring some of the Northwest’s best classical guitarists.

Summer 2019: June 28 - June 30
Details at UW Classical Guitar Intensive Summer Workshop

Smithsonian Workshop in World Music Pedagogy

The University of Washington and the Smithsonian Institute present an annual Workshop in World Music Pedagogy, running annually in late June at the School of Music.

Participants in the intensive course investigate ways to teach students at a variety of levels—including children, youth, and adults—about the music of the world's cultures. Workshop participants explore teaching tools and techniques, including audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources and the use of songs, stories, movement and dance, and instrumental music on classroom instruments. Students successfully completing the course receive certification from the Smithsonian Institute documenting specialized study in world music pedagogy.

Workshop faculty include a diverse mix of educators, ethnomusicologists, and artist musicians. Past workshop faculty have included:

  • Marisol Berrios-Miranda (Puerto Rico)
  • Shannon Dudley (Trinidad/Caribbean)
  • Thione Diop (Senegalese percussion)
  • Peter Park (Korean percussion)
  • Christopher Roberts (Turkey, Uganda, ‘children’s music’)
  • Leon Garcia (Smithsonian Institution’s Folkways Recordings)
  • Amanda Soto (Conjunto, Son Jarocho)
  • Patricia Shehan Campbell (North India, Bulgaria) 

For more information, or to enroll, contact Michiko Sakai at

Summer 2019:  June 24-28
Details at World Music Pedagogy

Seattle Piano Institute

Piano professors Robin McCabe and Craig Sheppard host this annual summer musical immersion for aspiring classical pianists at the University of Washington School of Music. Students study with distinguished faculty, celebrated guest artists and a select group of talented peers and benefit from supervised practice, private lessons, master classes, and guided group discussions. 

10th Anniversary - Summer 2019

  • Ses­sion I: July 7-17 (for ages 16 and up)
  • Ses­sion II: July 17-20 (for up to age 15)

Details at Seattle Piano Institute

UW Jazz Workshop

Started in 2001, this workshop's mission is to provide a positive educational outlet for young, developing jazz musicians.

Summer 2019:  July 8-12
Details at UW Jazz Workshop

Chamber Music Institute 

Join internationally renowned artists for a week of intensive exploration of the chamber music repertoire at the University of Washington School of Music.

Summer 2020:  August 18 - 22
Details at UW Chamber Music Institute

UW Summer Chorale

Summer 2019: Beginning June 24
Register Now for MUSEN 350/550

Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 in Meany Hall room 268
First rehearsal is Monday June 24

Concert: Wed. August 14, 7:00 pm, University Presbyterian Church

Questions? Contact Ben Luedcke at