Track Choices

Participants may register for one of three tracks, each focusing on a different compositional process.  You will have the opportunity to specify track preference when registering for the workshop, detailed below. Dr. Michael Miller welcomes discussion about program content and eligibility. Please contact him at with any questions.

Included in every track: daily listening labs, faculty lectures, masterclasses, lessons in counterpoint, compositional improvisation sessions, and concerts featuring works by faculty composers, featured performers and others.

Standard track: This track will focus on composing and collaborating with other participants on a group piece that will be premiered on the 2018 Participant Showcase. Participants will work on their pieces throughout the week with the guidance of Dr. Miller and the Pedagogy Track students.


Electronic Music track: This track is intended as an introduction to electronic music composition and recording.  Throughout the week, participants will gain an understanding of MIDI and DAW based software, which they will use to compose a new work.  Participants will additionally learn how to record audio samples and acoustic instruments, and how to apply basic editing techniques to their recordings. All newly composed works will be premiered on the 2018 Participant Showcase. Electronic music trackers will also work closely with workshop faculty to record the newEar reading sessions.

Pedagogy track (open to graduate students only): This track will provide overviews and group discussions of composition teaching methods, capped by multiple composition teaching opportunities with younger composers under the mentorship of Composition Workshop faculty Dr. Mobberley. The Pedagogy track stems from a course in Composition Pedagogy that Dr. Mobberley designed and implemented at the UMKC Conservatory.

Pedagogy students will have the opportunity to organize and present an analysis under the mentorship of Dr. Simpson.