How to Join Musical Bridges


 

Nomination Information for Teachers:

Musical Bridges provides talented urban youth with the intensive one-on-one instruction and performance experiences necessary to prepare them for auditions into selective university music programs. This program is funded by generous grants from the D’Addario Foundation, Francis Family Foundation, Hallmark Corporation, Mader Foundation, McGee Foundation, Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Shumaker Family Foundation, and UMKC Conservatory.

Private Lessons and Jazz Combo Group Admittance: To qualify for admittance into Musical Bridges’ private lessons and/or jazz combo group, students must be in an ensemble (band, choir, jazz band, or orchestra), be nominated by their ensemble director, and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Musical Bridges students are also required to perform once per semester on a district recital and end of the semester jury for evaluation. If the student’s piece calls for an accompanist, Musical Bridges will provide one for them.

Dance Admittance (middle school only): To qualify for admittance into Musical Bridges’ dance program for middle school students, students must be nominated by a school teacher and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Musical Bridges students are also required to perform once per semester on a district recital and end of the semester evaluation.

Students admitted into the Musical Bridges program will receive weekly lessons at their school (30 minutes for  Middle School and 45 minutes for High School), and a $100.00 music and supplies budget for each school year. Jazz Combo Group and Dance students will attend a weekly group class. Additional opportunities include auditioning for the Kansas City Youth Symphony, receiving a mentorship with the Harmony Project, participating in the Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival or UMKC Honor Choir, participating in the UMKC Spring Festival, and attending workshops and masterclasses presented by UMKC Conservatory Faculty and qualified music/dance professionals. Students will also be given a Musical Bridges T-shirt, which were graciously donated by Meyer’s Music.

Students admitted into the private lesson program will be asked to pay a yearly tuition of $150.00 for middle school students and $200.00 for high school students. Students only participating in the jazz combo group or dance will only pay $75.00 a year. Tuition is divided into eight even payments throughout the school year.

School districts must have a minimum of 75% reduced or free lunches to be considered for this program. In order for a nomination to be considered, ALL of the following must be submitted and returned by March 30, 2019.

  • MUSICAL BRIDGES NOMINATION FORM
  • NOMINATING EDUCATOR SIGNATURES
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
  • A SHORT AUDITION VIDEO (not required for Dance)

Audition Video Requirements (Private Lessons/Jazz Combo Group only):

  • Instrumentalist: 1-2 scales, a short excerpt or piece
  • Vocalist: a short excerpt or piece
  • Composition: provide a score to at least one piece you have written; midi or live recording optional
  • All students: Short explanation on why you would like to join Musical Bridges

All student nominations for the Musical Bridges Program will be evaluated by Musical Bridges instructors and staff. All finalists will be invited to UMKC for a live audition. 

Live Audition Requirements (Private Lessons/Jazz Combo Group only):

  • Instrumental (Band and Orchestra): 2 scales, 1 prepared solo (ex. contest solo, etude, etc), sight-reading
  • Vocal: memorized first verse of My Country ‘Tis of Thee, memorized prepared piece such as a contest solo or art song (patriotic or folk songs are also acceptable). All students will sing a capella. 
  • Composition: provide a score to at least one piece you have written; midi or live recording optional; live performance optional

Any students accepted into the program will have a meeting with the program coordinator and their assigned Musical Bridges instructor in the month of June, to discuss program specifics. Students will then have until June 30 to accept or decline their invitation into the program.

Nominations Forms:

Private Lessons/Jazz Combo Group: The 2019-2020 Nomination Form is available at THIS LINK.
Dance: The 2019-2020 Dance Nomination form may be found at THIS LINK.


Questions? Contact us at music-ce@umkc.edu or 816-235-2741.