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What is the SMC experience?
SMC offers a precollege music experience open to any student interested in the world of music. Classes are taught by professional musicians in each field of study and expert educators, all organized to welcome all music and arts literacy. SMC educators and staff represent a diverse population and work together to provide music from a diverse representation of cultures and composers. Students can expect to choose from a variety of classes, experience daily wellness components for all students, daily performances by local professionals and faculty, and more.
Which program should I sign up for?
If you are completing grades 6, 7 or 8 in the spring, you will participate in the Junior Session. If you are completing grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in the spring, you will participate in the Senior Session.
Do I need to choose one single instrument or voice part to study at SMC?
No. You may choose to play or sing more than one instrument or voice part. Both the junior and senior sessions offer a variety of elective opportunities for students to choose from, in addition to options for students who are non-performance focused.
I’m just finishing my senior year of high school. Can I still attend Summer Music Clinic?
Yes. We have several students each year who have completed their senior year.
Do I need to have a music performance focus in order to participate in Summer Music Clinic?
No. We offer performance options and non-performance tracks. SMC welcomes any student interested in pursuing their interests in music and creativity.
Where do I stay on campus if I am a residential student?
Summer Music Clinic Students stay in Ogg Hall on the UW-Madison Campus. Learn more about Ogg Hall here! https://www.housing.wisc.edu/residence-halls/ogg/
I need an instrument, what can I do?
Contact Summer Music Clinic with any of your equipment needs and we can work together to get you what you need!
How do I know which ensemble or class I am in if there are more than one?
Students who are in band, chamber strings or winds, choir, jazz, musical theatre, orchestra, rock band, and technique classes are divided into multiple ensembles or sections in that course. Students learn which ensemble they are in the evening of the first day of SMC. Students have the choice to have a playing audition or conversation audition for their placements.
Summer Music Clinic Fund
This fund provides scholarships for middle school and high school students to attend Summer Music Clinic, where they can explore music appreciation and performance. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, with priority given to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Learn more about the different ways to give to Summer Music Clinic.
Summer Music Clinic works in partnership with the UW–Madison Mead Witter School of Music