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High school students

The School of Music is offering summer courses and workshops for high school students of all levels. From The Music of Batman to The Art of Practicing and everything in between, there is something for everyone!

Choose from almost 20 workshops and courses in your area of study.

Spend your summer at the ASU School of Music!

Areas of Study

Descriptions and Registration (Arranged by Date)


June 5 | F | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Free Workshop

A workshop for rising juniors and seniors in high school and transfer students. Students learn strategies for successful auditions, enjoy performances from faculty and students, participate in sample college classes and more.

  • NEW: Mock Auditions
  • Strategies for a successful audition
  • Tips for completing the college application process
  • Performances by music faculty and students
  • Career options in music
  • Masterclasses with ASU faculty
  • Sample music classes
  • Optional private lessons may be available


Sound Editing and Mixing

June 8 - 19  | M - F | 9 - 10:30 AM | Course

A practical, hands-on introduction to editing and mixing sound using free and open-source software, and public domain audio samples. No previous knowledge or experience with sound editing software is necessary, but students should have access to a computer, headphones and/or good quality speakers. This course is intended for anybody interested in recording, editing and mixing sound for music, podcasts, film, video games, or any other media. Students will learn how to install, set up, and use the software, search and download public domain audio samples, edit and organize audio recordings, and mix individual recordings into a balanced final product. Students will also learn about the myriad of free, open-source, and royalty-free resources available for making sound.


Summer Clarinet Workshop

June 15 - 19 | M-F | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. | Workshop: $250

Aimed at high school and college students, enrollment cap of 15 (Audition-based)

The camp will include a series of clinics and private instruction. Clinics will cover the following topics: How to Warm Up and Why it’s Important, Bass Clarinet, The Role of the Tongue, Performance and Audition Preparation Skills, Advanced Techniques (circular breathing, double tonguing, extreme upper register), topics chosen by attendees

Auditions are required – two contrasting works or etudes to be submitted as unlisted YouTube video links. Application deadline June 1.

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The Art of Practicing

June 22-25 | MTWTh | 9 - 9:50 a.m. |  Workshop: $120

ASU Professor of Violin Katherine McLin leads four one-hour sessions for advanced string players of all ages who are looking to improve the effectiveness and enjoyment of their practicing. We will explore strategies, techniques, and tips for maximizing time and achieving optimal results. Examination of approaches by Simon Fischer, Burton Kaplan, Robert Gerle, Otakar Sevcik and others provide inspiration and practical application for a range of technical issues and equip participants with skills for a lifetime of creative and productive practice.

Although there is no performance component during class sessions, directed exercises and supplemental material with suggestions for application will be given daily for participants to apply on their own.

June 22: How to Make the Most Out of Your Practice: The Mental Game
June 23: Focus on Right Arm: Tone production, consistency, color, string crossings
June 24: Focus on Left Arm: Practice techniques for intonation, passagework and vibrato
June 25: Focus on Musicianship: Phrasing, rhythm, and other issues of class participants’ choice


ASU Community Music School

Private lessons in piano, guitar, saxophone and voice for learners of all ages, abilities and levels.