BUTI Student Vault
The BUTI Student Vault is designed for our students, aimed at inspiring and helping them continue to grow. Throughout the summer, we will continue to add information pertaining to skill development, college resources, health & wellness, and more. Continue to check The Vault for more!
Week 8: AP Music Theory
Whether the school year starts with in-person, hybrid/blended, or online learning, students can use these free, digital online classes and review sessions for AP Music Theory to practice and study from anywhere. Topics include “Tonicization” and “Secondary Dominant Chords”.
As an additional resource, Justin Casinghino, Director of the Electroacoustic Composition Workshop and Young Artists Composition Program, put together a list of pieces typically studied in post-tonal theory with brief descriptions of elements typically discussed. Take a look!
At BUTI, we offer a variety of different music theory courses for all levels throughout all programs. The concepts described in Mr. Casinghino’s list are used in post-tonal theory for the Young Artists Composition Program at BUTI. It is not necessary that students know these terms and concepts prior to attending BUTI.
Week 7: Scholarships for Music Students
Studying music can be both deeply rewarding and financially difficult. Earning a scholarship can relieve some financial burden allowing musicians to focus more on their chosen field. That’s why it is especially important to search for additional scholarships to support your studies. With that in mind, check out some scholarships that music students should know about.
The purpose of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship Program is to support and encourage young, talented American pianists between the ages of 14-17 through up to four years of preparation for the National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States, which is held in Miami, Florida, every five years.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to gifted and high-achieving students, 18 years old or under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy
and Outside the Box.
These awards are intended to reward composers and music-makers of exceptional ability who hail from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Awardees may be active in any musical style/genre.
In addition to performing on NPR’s From the Top, recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award receive up to $10,000 to help offset the costs of studying classical music at a high level. Each year, we choose approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians ages 8-18 to receive the Award.
The Lift Up Our Voices Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of female-identifying students and students of color in the field of music composition.
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and NAfME, announces the Marine Band Concerto Competition for high school musicians.
Southern California High School students of ALL skill levels are encouraged to apply for free. Much more than a competition, Spotlight is a scholarship and arts training program, which empowers students by emphasizing preparation, courage, critical thinking and perseverance while providing an invaluable opportunity for students to hone their skills! $100,000 in cash scholarships are awarded each year to students.
Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, Hip Hop, rock and more!
There are many more scholarships available for music students. To check out a more comprehensive list, visit this website.
Week 6: National YoungArts Foundation
Apply now for YoungArts 2021! National YoungArts Foundation was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Every year, there are many BUTI alumni named YoungArts winners! Check out some alumni in action at YoungArts:
“Concerto for Bass Tuba”
Week 5: Practice Tips with Civic Orchestra of Chicago
What is the best way to practice? How can we use our time efficiently? How can we maximize our joy in music along with our progress? Through a partnership with DePauw University’s 21st Century-Musician project, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago tapped into the wisdom of their musicians and alumni for practice tips. Take a look at their series of instrument specific practice methods.
Week 4: Health and Wellness
Our Health and Wellness Program is designed to expose students to tools they can use to maintain healthy practice and mindsets as they strive for peak performance. We offer a variety of events and classes including yoga, Body Mapping, the Feldenkrais Method, and physical therapy. Learn more from our practitioners on how you can continue these practices at home and dive deeper into each practice.
Body Mapping clarifies the “how” of music-making. Anatomical models and images illuminate the body’s amazing design for movement and support. Combining this information with movement exploration guides musicians to experience and fine-tune movement.
Vanessa Mulvey is on faculty at the New England Conservatory and Long School of Music Bard College. Her popular Body Mapping courses combine Body Mapping with movement experiences to unlock the artistry within each musician. She is a frequent guest artist, presenting workshops at music schools, conferences and festivals, including Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Learn more about how you can dive deeper into the practice on your own with resources recommended by Vanessa.
The Feldenkrais Method uses gentle movement and directed attention to help people learn new and more effective ways of living the life they want. You can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.
Stephen A. Paparo is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and conductor of the University Chorale. His research interests include the application of the Feldenkrais Method to singing instruction in the choral setting and non-traditional choral ensembles. In addition, he teaches Feldenkrais to Boston University Tanglewood Institute students every summer. Learn more about how you can continue Feldenkrais at home and dive deeper into the practice on your own with resources recommended by Stephen.
Regina Campbell offers PT Assessment and Triage sessions for our students every summer. Sessions look at everything from students’ playing environment to their underlying health issues, but focuses especially on how each one works with their instrument.
Regina Campbell’s physical therapy practice has focused almost exclusively on musicians for more than 25 years, including members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and faculty and students from the Boston Conservatory. Regina offers suggestions on how to prevent injury in musicians and tips for training the performing musician’s body.
Einat Peled-Katz is a Boston-based yoga teacher offering private and public classes in the area. Einat offers both private instruction and public classes for students who wish to address recovery from injury, injury prevention, refining alignment, and create an at home practice. Learn more about what she offers on her website and watch this video for some tips and tricks.
Week 3: Arts Boarding Schools
An arts boarding school is a place for students who are passionate about the arts and want a stronger arts focus during their high school years. There are a few arts-focused boarding schools in the United States including Interlochen Arts Academy, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Learn more about their offerings and stay tuned on social media to hear from BUTI alumni about their experiences at an arts boarding school.
Located in northern Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school prepares young artists for rewarding careers and fosters academic excellence. Major areas of study include music, theatre, interdisciplinary arts, creative writing, film and new media, dance, and visual arts. Interlochen is offering a variety of events until July 22 to learn more about admissions and what it’s like to study there.
Interlochen Center for the Arts and Boston University Tanglewood Institute share a long history and hundreds of student musicians who value their experiences with both organizations. And now, Interlochen is offering 2020 BUTI students a minimum $10,000 scholarship to the Arts Academy. Learn more on how to apply!
Read about Julia Reiss (BUTI’19,’20) and her experience at Interlochen Arts Academy and BUTI.
The high school program at UNCSA allows students to focus on their passion for music while balancing their education with traditional academic courses. You will complement work in the studio and private lessons with ensembles, chamber music and courses in music theory and literature designed to prepare you for the demands of a typical undergraduate music program. High school music programs are open to students in 9th through 12th grades, with the exception of voice, which is open to 11th and 12thgraders only. Learn more on how to apply!
Read about Lucy Calaway (BUTI’19,’20) and her experience at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum. Learn more on how to apply and Discover Walnut Hill School for the Arts!
Week 2: Supportive Environments: From Internal Dialogue to the Rehearsal Space
Presented by BU College of Fine Arts faculty members, Karin S. Hendricks and Tawnya D. Smith, “Supportive Environments: From Internal Dialogue to the Rehearsal Space” discusses how to manage self-talk and create supportive rehearsal spaces.
Week 1: So Your Child Wants to Major in Music?
“So Your Child Wants to Major in Music?” is a workshop presented by Laura Conyers, Director of Admissions at BU School of Music, geared towards students and parents and focuses on how to navigate the pursuit of a music degree – from protocols for setting up trial lessons and preparing applications, to choosing the right schools to pursue.
Recommended Listening & Educational Resources
A site dedicated to building and sharing a collection of wonderful BSO performances with fans in Boston and around the world.
Introducing Conversations with Keith, the Boston Pops new weekly interview series featuring Keith Lockhart and special guests. Each week they’ll introduce you to the people who make the Boston Pops “America’s Orchestra,” on the stage and behind the scenes.
Welcome the Berliner Philharmoniker into your home – on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Live or on-demand from their archive.
Experience the workshops and master classes presented by Carnegie Hall firsthand through this video series.
Tune in for unforgettable episodes that feature some of the world’s finest artists as they share behind-the-scenes stories, excerpts from past performances, and live musical moments.
Calling all K-12 students! The rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting millions of lives worldwide. Schools are closing, cities are locking down, and the economy is slowing. During this difficult time, we must remain hopeful. The Crown Education Challenge aims to encourage students to take a stake in this global challenge by responding to the theme of “hope during a pandemic.”
The Institute for Composer Diversity is dedicated to the celebration, education, and advocacy of music created by composers from historically underrepresented groups through online tools, research-based resources, and sponsored initiatives.
NY Phil Plays On, a new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide. Many more hours of digital content, including performance footage both past and new, will be released. Keep checking back for updates.
Every week the Metropolitan Opera’s Free Student Streams will offer one opera specially selected for young audience members around the globe, along with opportunities to learn more about the production and hear from some of the amazing artists who helped make it happen.
The Berkshires are a thriving cultural region filled with historic landmarks, museums, and performing arts venues including Jacob’s Pillow. Virtual Pillow is a space to come together to enjoy this precious art form and to share the quintessential Jacob’s Pillow experience.
Juventas New Music Ensemble is a contemporary chamber group with a special focus on emerging voices. Juventas shares classical music as a vibrant, living art form. Join them for a summer concert series!
Gil Shaham launched a new weekly collaboration with editor Laurie Niles called the Gilharmonic on Violinist.com. This program will feature Gil giving an inspirational master class to students of various levels, meeting a new guest fiddler each week, and diving into a live Q&A. The program is available via YouTube live or via Facebook live on Gil’s page.