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UCM Summer Piano Institute

The 33rd UCM Summer Piano Institute is Online!

NEW DATES: June 22-26, 2020

All New Virtual Program including:

  • daily private virtual lessons with UCM piano faculty Dr. Mia Hynes and Dr. Albert Kim
  • daily performance class + live streamed final concert and watch party
  • daily interactive mini-sessions in music theory, history, piano technique, pipe organ basics, and more
  • live streamed solo recitals by Summer Piano Institute faculty
  • daily interactive workshops with special guest faculty — with hands-on sessions in recording technology, active listening, and free app-based music making
  • FREE registration and live stream access for music teachers.

A Note from Our Director

Dear Friends,

The coronavirus pandemic threw us an unprecedented curveball.  Even as we acknowledged the need to continue safe distancing practices into the summer, we knew that we would miss our campers too much to cancel Summer Piano Institute altogether! 

And thus we arrived at a realization:  what better time than now to integrate summer piano study with the remote learning approaches and digital skills the pandemic has forced the world to embrace — approaches that acknowledge the way that you, our students, already learn and interact through technology and media?

In addition to moving traditional lessons and performances online, we are excited to present a series of interactive workshops by an amazing group of guest teachers this June — music innovators and technologists whose message to all of us is to keep finding opportunites to grow during this very challenging time.

We look forward to learning and growing together with you once again this June!

Dr. Mia Hynes 



Tuition is $200.00.  This includes all virtual activities plus a camp T-shirt and your own downloadable copy of the final watch party! 

To maximize the hands-on learning experience, space is limited to 12 students. 

Click here to apply! 

Registration deadline is June 3, 2020.


Who Can Attend

UCM Summer Piano Institute is for students who were in grades 7-12 during the 2019-20 academic year, and have had at least three years of private piano instruction. Graduated seniors about to enter college are welcome to attend!

NEW: Registration is open to teachers for SPI 2020, with FREE access to our live streamed activities.


Meet Your Guest Faculty

Aimee Nolte — Los Angeles-based jazz pianist, singer, recording artist, teacher, and YouTuber.



Jeff Kaiser — musician, technologist, scholar, founder/director pfMENTUM music label, UCM Music Technology and Composition faculty.



Isaac Bickmore — music educator, researcher, interdisciplinarian, entrepreneur, and UCM Music Education faculty.



Meet The SPI Keyboard Faculty


Mia Hynes, Director and Professor of Piano, UCM
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
B.M. and M.M., Indiana University


Albert Kim, Assistant Professor of Piano, UCM
M.M. and D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
A.B., Harvard University

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William McCandless, Professor Emeritus of Music Theory, Piano, and Organ, UCM
Ph.D., Indiana University
B.M. and M.A., Central Missouri State University (UCM)


Click here to apply to Summer Piano Institute!

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