Academy students meet with faculty twice weekly in private lessons, focusing on technique building, refinement of interpretation, and performance preparation. Students may request study under specific teachers upon acceptance into the Academy, although teacher assignments are not guaranteed. Students may request extra private lessons. These are available, teachers’ schedule permitting, for $100 an hour.
Classes are offered in such topics as music theory, aural skills, conducting, composition, music history, piano and recording technology, and music business. The list of classes may vary yearly. Classes meet three times a week and each student has the opportunity to choose two classes. Students attend masterclass daily with either their studio teacher or another member of the faculty. Schedule and class listing subject to change.
Practice rooms are assigned to each student for a minimum of three hours of daily practice. At least two of the three hours of practicing will take place on a grand piano. Practice is required and monitored for students under the age of eighteen. Extra practice time is available.
All instruction takes place in the music building, Murphy Hall, on the campus of the University of Kansas. This remodeled building includes practice rooms, classrooms, and several state-of-the-art performance spaces.
Students have the opportunity to audition weekly to be selected to appear in special Honor Recitals. These concerts draw great attendance from the Lawrence, Topeka, and Kansas City community.
There are daily opportunities to perform in student recitals, masterclasses, and studio classes. IIYM Artist-Teachers nominate students for performances. There is no limit to the number of times a student may perform subject to time availability and IIYM approval.
Kansas Public Radio, www.kansaspublicradio.org, features weekly live broadcasts of select IIYM students from their station’s studio on the University of Kansas campus. Radio appearances feature interviews and performances.
Students also perform at the Spencer Art Museum, www.spencerart.ku.edu, Lawrence Arts Center, www.lawrenceartscenter.com, and private residences in the Lawrence, Topeka, or Kansas City community. Students are selected for community performances at the discretion of IIYM faculty and staff.
Students stay in a private dormitory adjacent to campus, a two-block walk to the music building. Dorm rooms house two students to a room. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are are served daily in the cafeteria and meals are included in the tuition for students staying in the dormitory. Public common areas in the dormitory allow for coed socialization, but private rooms are strictly male or female. Laundry facilities and pay phones are available for student use in the dormitory.
Students under the age of 18 are supervised by a staff of qualified IIYM counselors. The student to counselor ratio is 10:1. IIYM counselors are always present at all facilities in use by IIYM students including the music building, dormitory, and any performance venues. Students are not permitted to leave campus without staff or faculty supervision. In addition to IIYM staff, KU Public Safety, www.ku.edu, ensures a safe environment on campus for all IIYM students.
Students may arrive by car, air, or bus. IIYM provides van service for a fee on designated departure and arrival days to and from Kansas City International Airport or the Lawrence Greyhound station. Students traveling outside of the IIYM van service hours or on non-travel days will need to arrange their own shuttle service.
Kansas City International Airport, www.flykci.com
Lawrence Greyhound Station, www.greyhound.com
Recreational events in the evenings and on weekends are planned for the student body. These can include supervised trips to shopping areas, movie theaters, or other cultural events. Exercise is encouraged throughout the institute and frisbee, basketball, tennis, and soccer games on outdoor campus fields and courts are arranged by IIYM staff.
Parents and teachers may attend daily student recitals free of charge. Please contact the IIYM if you are interested in observing other IIYM activities, subject to a $75 daily fee. IIYM is not able to provide or arrange housing for observers.
Fei Xu, piano
Independent Teacher, Phoenix AZ
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