Current Offerings


Due to situations surrounding Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions, the UMKC Conservatory Academy will not be offering Continuing Education Workshops for Summer 2020.

We offer six opportunities to earn credit for participation in summer workshops:

Kansas City Conducting Symposium at UMKC (June 16 – 21, 2019)

Designed for middle and high school music educators, college and University faculty, as well as graduate students and upper-division undergraduates studying music education, the KCCS includes sessions on pedagogy, gesture, rehearsal techniques, chamber music coaching, historical context, philosophy and literature. UMKC Conservatory faculty and distinguished guest clinicians have designed a symposium to help wind band teachers serve their students, and to offer ways to make an immediate difference in the classroom.

  • Credits available: 1.0 or 2.0
  • Course number:  CONS 497
  • 5-digit class number:  32474
  • Semester: Summer 2020

J.W. Pepper’s Summer Reading Sessions:
New Sounds of J.W. Pepper 2019 – Kansas – Overland Park (July 11-13, 2019)

The summer reading sessions offered by J.W. Pepper are a wonderful and unique professional development activity for music educators.  During these sessions, participants will read through new pieces available for their ensembles; take advantage of this great opportunity to find new music for your group and earn graduate credit while doing so!

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THESE SESSIONS DIRECTLY WITH J.W. PEPPER BEFORE REGISTERING FOR UMKC CREDIT.  Their registration page is available here.

  • Credits available: .5 per half-day session, 1.0 per full-day session.
  • Course number:  CONS 497
  • 5-digit class number:  31969
  • Semester: Summer 2019

UMKC Composition Workshop (June 16 – 21, 2019)

Composers ages 14 and up will broaden their horizons and hone their craft in this mix of classes and small group sessions with UMKC composition faculty. This exciting week-long experience helps young composers find their creative voices while improving their musical skills and joining the community of composers and new music lovers. Participants in our standard track will have their compositions critiqued and discussed with distinguished faculty, allowing each composer to grow artistically while creating new music. Focal areas on composition pedagogy and electronic music are also available. Throughout the workshop, composers participate in discussions of notation, music theory, counterpoint, orchestration, and improvisation. Participants will listen to, analyze, and discuss the music of our time as well as the great achievements of the past.

  • Credits available: 2.0
  • Course number:  CONS 5590
  • 5-digit class number: 33045
  • Semester: Summer 2019

Music History Graduate Review (June 3 – 14, 2019)

Special seminar in various fields and idioms of music, taught by the Conservatory faculty. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Class meets Monday through Friday in June from 1:30-4:30pm.

  • Credits available: 2.0
  • Course number:  CONS 5590
  • 5-digit class number: 32534
  • Semester: Summer 2019
  • Requirements: Students must have an undergraduate degree in music

Music Theory/Aural Skills Graduate Review (June 3 – 28, 2019)

Special course in written music theory and aural skills taught by the Conservatory staff. Class meets Monday through Friday in June from 1:00-4:00pm.

  • Credits available: 1.0 or 2.0
  • Course number:  CONS 497
  • 5-digit class number:  32188
  • Semester: Summer 2019

Questions about our offerings?  Call the UMKC Conservatory Academy at 816-235-2741 or email us at music-ce@umkc.edu.