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UCM Summer Piano Institute

Musical Chemistry: The Elements of Expression

NEW DATES*: June 21-25, 2021 

*This year's SPI will be all-online.

Students are enthusiastically invited to attend the 34th year of the University of Central Missouri Summer Piano Institute. An intensive week of private study and group workshops, UCM SPI is an opportunity to deepen musicianship skills while forging friendships with pianists from all over the country. 

Whether you are just beginning your musical education or are a serious student headed for a college music major, there’s a place for you at UCM SPI 2021!


About the Institute

UCM Summer Piano Institute activities are anchored by daily private lessons and performance workshops with UCM piano faculty Dr. Mia Kim and Dr. Albert Kim

Students will engage in interactive workshops that bring a creative lens to the study of rhythm (using inspiration from Ghanaian drumming), harmony (looking through the shared sounds of classical, jazz, and contemporary music), and sound (through composition and improvisation using both acoustic piano and electronic media). 

Additional workshop topics will include: 

  • Music During College: Keeping music a vibrant part of your university experience, regardless of your degree program. 
  • Repertoire, Undiscovered and Unboxed: Our favorite piano compositions that will set you apart during recitals and competitions. 



Students, families, and teachers will be invited to a pair of short performances by Dr. Kim and Dr. Kim during camp week. 

All students, family, teachers, and friends are invited to view the SPI 2021 Recital which will be broadcast over the UCM Music YouTube Channel on Friday June 25 at 7pm


Who May Attend

UCM Summer Piano Institute is for students who completed grades 7-12 during the 2020-21 academic year, and have had at least three years of private piano instruction. 


Registration and Tuition for UCM SPI 2021

Space is limited to 14 participants. We anticipate spots to fill quickly so we encourage early enrollment. 

A registration fee of $250 covers the entire week of camp instruction. A deposit of $50 is due by June 1, with the remaining balance payable prior to June 21. 

Online registration link:  Registration for UCM Summer Piano Institute 2021


Equipment Needs

Students should have access to a good internet connection and a device with which to access the internet. That may be a phone, tablet, or laptop  (We recommend laptops over Chromebooks, but anything will work). While external microphones are always desirable, they are by no means required.

During lessons, we recommend that students attempt to position their electronic devices in such a way that instructors are able to view the students’ torso and hands.  


2021 Faculty

Dr. Mia Kim, Director

D.M.A, Eastman School of Music

B.M. and M.M., Indiana University


Dr. Albert Kim, piano

M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music

A.B. Harvard University


Dr. John Check, Music Theory

Ph.D Yale University


Dr. Alex Smith, Percussion

D.M.A., Michigan State University


Dr. Travis Garrison, Composition and Technology

Ph.D University of Florida


Dr. Issac Bickmore, Music Education

Ph.D Arizona State University 


For more information, contact
Dr. Mia Hynes, Director
UCM Music, Utt Building, Room 215
660-543-8900 or


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Mia Kim
Utt 215
Tel: (660) 543-8900


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