What is the typical workshop schedule?

With the exception of the Milwaukee workshop, the workshops start at 9:00am, end at 5:00pm Monday-Thursday and include four instructional blocks plus an end of the day closing: Period 1 (9:00-10:30), Period 2 (10:40-12:15), Period 3 (1:15-2:45), Period 4 (3:00-4:30), Closing (4:40-5:00). Friday starts at 9:00 and include evaluations and a sharing event (whereby participants show what they’ve learned to invited guests, administrators, building personnel, etc.). Friday concludes approximately by noon.

As a registered participant at a workshop, am I responsible for my own housing and meals?

Yes, participants are responsible for housing and meals (with the exception of the Milwaukee site). Each (US-based) site includes a hotel recommendation where faculty will be staying. Meals are the participants’ responsibility; however, the venues normally provide a refrigerator and microwave, making communal lunch experiences very common. It’s often fun to eat dinner together at the end of the day (for those with a flexible schedule).

The Milwaukee site is a residency-based workshop; participants purchase a meal plan and are strongly encouraged to stay at the Ingelside Hotel.

Is there a syllabus for the individual classes?

Yes, the Level 1 syllabus can be accessed here (pdf). E.mail patty.bourne@gmail.com for other course outlines.

Can I pay with a credit card, with online registration?

Yes, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit cards are accepted for online registration, as well as Apple Pay and Paypal.

Mailed registrations pay by check (Payable: Music Workshops, LLC) or purchase order. (Credit card registration is an online process only). Access the mail-in registration form here.

Can I pay with a Purchase Order (P.O.) online?

No. Purchase Orders must be submitted with a mailed or emailed registration form. Complete the form, scan and send to musicworkshops@me.com or mail to Music Workshops, LLC, 3908 E. Maryland St., Bellingham, WA 98226.

 I can only attend the 5-day workshop for 1, 2 or 3 days. Can I pay a partial tuition?

No. We have found that part-time participation is disruptive to the flow of the workshop learning sequence. If you can only attend for 4 of the 5 days, that is OK, but full tuition is required.

 If I register now and find out that I cannot attend, what is the policy?

Music Workshops, LLC will refund your money. There is a $25 processing fee for all cancellations before May 15, and a $75 fee after May 15.

 If I register for one workshop site, can I change my registration to a different site later?

Yes. Just notify our Registrar by email at musicworkshops@me.com.

 What is the workshop cancellation policy?

We fully expect each class and each workshop to occur, with robust participation; however, in the event the registration numbers fall short of what is needed, the course and/or location will be cancelled, with notices going to all current registrants, three weeks before the start date of the workshop. At that time, participants may select another class or location, or accept a full refund. Our suggestion? Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration period before May 21. Register early!

I’m not sure if I want to take the workshop for non-credit or for 3 graduate semester credits. Can I upgrade to 3 G credits later if I sign up for non-credit now?

Yes. Participants can upgrade by doing so in the Graduate credit page, accepting credit card, Paypal, and Apple Pay (or a mailed check with the necessary additional information). You will be expected to add the credits within the first day of class. Consult the Graduate credit page for details on adding credits once class has begun.

 Who qualifies for the "Drum It Forward" registration rate?

This registration process is reserved for full time students, only. University faculty with students attending may also take advantage of the rate (one teacher per school).

 Is the workshop available for undergraduate credit?

No, we only grant 3 Graduate semester credits in cooperation with the VanderCook College of Music. Participants registering for three graduate credits will identify the university that granted their most recent degree, as well as the degree earned (ie., BA, BM, MME, etc.)

 What sort of certification do I get at the end of the 5-day workshop?

All participants receive a certificate stating that they successfully completed the workshop. They also receive a verification letter stating that they completed 32 (non-Wisconsin) professional development hours. (Those attending the workshop in Milwaukee, WI receive a letter accounting for 40 hours of workshop attendance, due to the evening activities in this residency-based workshop)

Those enrolled in the 3 G semester credit option should anticipate spending additional hours toward completion of a project submitted after the workshop (within three weeks). Notification of their grade will be received from VanderCook College of Music. A transcript from VanderCook is available by request.