McNally Smith College of Music Announces 2010 Summer Programs

Feb 9, 2010 4:00 PM


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McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., announces four 2010 summer workshops designed for students ages 13 and up: the Jazz Workshop, Hip-Hop Workshop, Guitar Workshop and the Music Industry Experience Workshop. McNally Smith faculty and fellow professionals from the music industry teach these workshops.

McNally Smith expects that enrollment in these workshops will fill up fast, and states that early registration is rewarded. Until March 15, 2010, enrollment is $400 ($425 after March 15). Supervised housing is also available at the 2009 price of $600 until March 15, 2010. Meals are included in the housing cost ($650 after March 15).

The Jazz Workshop, directed by trombonist Scott Agster, takes place from Saturday, June 26, until Thursday, July 1, 2010. Open to musicians of all skill levels (including vocalists), the summer Jazz Workshop offers an immersion in jazz music and improvisation. The Jazz Workshop culminates with a live student concert, which will be recorded for a CD.

The Guitar Workshop, directed by Jerry Kosak, takes place from Saturday, June 26, until Thursday, July 1, 2010 and is specifically designed for the beginning guitarist with an interest in both the educational and performance side of the music industry, offering an opportunity to learn how to read music for guitar, record in a studio, perform in a band and experience a wide variety of guitar music styles.

The Hip-Hop Workshop takes place from Saturday, June 26, until Thursday, July 1, 2010 and is taught by McNally Smith instructor Sean McPherson. Fellow teachers include many of the Twin Cities’ finest hip-hop artists, including Rhymesayers artist, Toki Wright, who is also the program coordinator for the Hip-Hop Diploma at McNally Smith. A field trip is planned to key hip-hop locations in the Twin Cities, including the 5th Element and Juxtaposition Arts. In one week, aspiring hip-hoppers will get many points of view from the hip-hop world and have the opportunity to work on their own music.

Finally, the Music Industry Experience Workshop, also taught by McNally Smith instructor Sean McPherson, takes place from Tuesday, August 17, until Sunday, August 22, 2010. Students will get a snapshot of the music business with nationally renowned McNally Smith faculty and a professional band-in-residence. Students will choose between three different focuses: performance, recording technology or music business. Students will also enjoy presentations in multimedia classrooms and work directly on projects of their choice in McNally Smith’s state-of-the-art recording studios, ensemble spaces and project suites.

For more information, contact Sean McPherson at or 800/594-9500, or visit

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