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McNally Smith Announces Its 2011 Summer Workshop Series

Even though it is wintry in Minnesota, McNally Smith College of Music is already planning another hot session of summer workshops for 2011.

Workshop offerings in in jazz, hip-hop, guitar and the “music biz” designed especially for students ages 13 – 19, plus early bird pricing (until March 31, 2011) mean you learn tons and save some dough. (Students can save as much as $135 by registering early!)

What’s more? The faculty can’t be beat. Our Summer Workshops at McNally Smith are taught by highly experienced music industry professionals and are a big hit with satisfied attendees, teachers and parents.

The four summer workshops for summer 2011 are:

New Housing Option

To improve and enrich this year’s workshop experience for students who need housing, McNally Smith has made its new residence halls available to workshop students. This enhanced housing arrangement offers workshop attendees a taste of the residential college experience, plus around-the-clock college counselors and plenty of activities. Jam sessions, evening concerts and recording opportunities make McNally Smith’s residential housing option the ideal complement to daytime instruction.

Online registration begins December 1, 2010. Visit for more information.

Or contact:

Sean McPherson
Summer Workshop Coordinator

Jazz Workshop

Saturday June 25 – Thursday June 30, 2011

The Jazz Workshop is open to the following instruments: woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, bass, guitar, drums & vocals (if you are interested in applying on another instrument please email Agster at

Also new this summer to the jazz Workshop is an exciting partnership with The Twin Cities Jazz Festival that will bring national caliber jazz performers to the Jazz Workshop’s clinic for added performance experience. Past Twin Cities Jazz Festival players include Joe Lovano, John Scofield and Esperanza Spalding many more!

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Guitar Workshop

Saturday June 25 – Thursday June 30, 2011

The intensive Guitar Workshop is specifically designed for the beginning guitarist with an interest in both the educational and performance side of the music industry. The workshop week ends with a final student concert, complete with a professional rhythm section.

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Hip-Hop Workshop

Saturday June 25 – Thursday June 30, 2011

Interested in Hip-Hop? Join the third year of the McNally Smith Hip-Hop Workshop where students get immersed in hip-hop production, history and performance. The workshop will culminate in a final concert put on by students.

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The Music Industry Experience Workshop

Tuesday August 16 – Sunday August 21, 2011

The Music Industry Experience (MIX) Workshop gives students a solid overview of what lies ahead for them in all facets of a career in the music industry. Now celebrating its fourth year as a leading music industry workshop in the region, MIX is taught by McNally Smith’s nationally renowned faculty and a professional band-in-residence that gives students genuine insights and first-hand experiences inside the music biz.

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