Community Engagement Opportunities
Are you a band, choral, jazz, or orchestra director looking for the opportunity for your students to work with a guest conductor? We look forward to hosting your group on campus for a clinic. As part of the clinic experience, your ensemble will meet with one of our faculty for a fun and educational musical experience. A full clinic may include a combination of any of the educational workshop offerings.
How to apply
Please complete this form to request a clinic with our faculty. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee the clinic. Clinic scheduling will be subject to conductor and room availability on the requested date. Requirements of the application include a setup diagram, estimated number of students, repertoire (if known) and list of any instruments that would need to be borrowed from the School of Music.
We will send you a Clinics Agreement once we receive the application and conductor and room availability are confirmed.
Clinic fees help the School of Music maintain its facilities and instruments and pay student employees who assist with clinics. Clinic fees for instrumental ensembles are $500, and $200 for choral ensembles. If this creates a barrier for your program, please contact our Ensemble Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have ideas about other classes or options you would like to add to your day at UW–Madison? Contact our staff at email@example.com to discuss availability and pricing.
Fee reductions or waivers may be available for qualifying schools.
Insurance and Supervision Requirements
The following are insurance and supervisory requirements that are included in an agreement for groups participating in School of Music clinics.
The Visiting Group shall provide a certificate of proof of at least the following minimum level of insurance: 1) Worker’s compensation insurance as required by State of Wisconsin Statutes for all their employees engaged in scope of employment during the visit; 2) State of Wisconsin minimum auto liability insurance coverages for personal vehicles or contract with a transportation vendor carrying minimum of $1,000,000 combined single limit automobile liability coverage when using a vehicle for the campus visit; and 3) Commercial general liability insurance with minimum of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate for any other liability claim that may occur against them in relation to their visit.
The Visiting Group shall add the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, its officers, agents and employees as an additional insured under their commercial general liability policy.
All pre-college groups must have a minimum of two chaperones and adhere to the following additional requirements. Schools will not be allowed to participate unless the chaperone requirements are met.
- 1 adult chaperone for every 10 elementary students (5-11 years of age).
- 1 adult chaperone for every 10 middle school/junior high students (11-14 years of age).
- 1 adult chaperone for every 18 high school students (14-18 years of age).
Community Music Lessons
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The Community Music Lessons (CML) program runs under the auspices of the Mead Witter School of Music to provide its students with valuable experience teaching applied music lessons for children and adults. Lessons are provided by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Music who are overseen by individual faculty members, an experienced graduate coordinator, and a staff supervisor.
Lessons are taught on campus, in the Mosse Humanities Building. Music Instructors are matched with university and community learners interested in beginning or continuing study of an instrument or voice in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Flexible scheduling and performance opportunities enhance the CML program, which has exemplified the Wisconsin Idea since 1968.
Presentations and performances by the Pro Arte Quartet, Wingra Wind Quintet, and Wisconsin Brass Quintet
Each ensemble travels throughout Wisconsin to high schools, colleges, and concert halls, working with young musicians and performing for local concert series patrons. Our faculty ensembles continue to expand its involvement with Wisconsin communities by providing mentoring, educational leadership, and training opportunities to students of all ages and backgrounds.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Chamber ensemble coaching
Private coaching of small chamber ensembles can be most beneficial when preparing for an upcoming performance, such as Solo & Ensemble. The faculty ensemble will split up so that one individual will coach one ensemble. Coaches will discuss specific techniques, performance practices, and develop musical ideas with the ensemble. All levels are welcome.
The ensemble will rehearse with and prepare work(s) to be performed alongside a student ensemble. Side-by-side performances typically take 1-2 rehearsals. Repertoire varies depending on ensemble and ability level of collaborators.
Whether in an elementary classroom or a concert hall, audiences are sure to love a recital by any of the three UW-Madison faculty ensembles. Concerts range from 40 to 90 minutes in length and are comprised of engaging selections from a diverse classical repertoire for strings, winds, or brass. In community recitals, program selections are accompanied by an accessible presentation of musical and historical context, as well as insight into the ensemble’s unique approach to performance.
Members of the ensemble will lead auditors through a public rehearsal of current repertoire. Repertoire for the class will be chosen by the ensemble. Questions from the audience will be addressed throughout the rehearsal.
In this workshop offering, members from the ensemble will listen to solo or small ensemble performances and offer comments and suggestions. Groups of any instrumentation playing music from any era are welcome! Students and/or public audiences are invited to observe.