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Summer Music Academy

The IIYM 2019 Summer Music Academy and Blüthner Competion will not take place. We look forward to seeing students in future years with a new program.

Lessons and Classes

Private Lessons

Academy students meet with faculty twice weekly in private lessons, focusing on technique building, refinement of interpretation, and performance preparation. Lessons and classes are available for students of piano, violin, cello, flute and other orchestral instruments.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.

Academic Classes and Masterclasses

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.


Honors Recitals

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.

Radio Broadcasts

Kansas Public Radio, 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.

Community Performances

Students also perform at Theatre Lawrence, Lawrence Arts Center, 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.

Student Life

Room and Board

Students stay in a KU campus dormitory, a two-block walk to the music building. Dorm rooms house two students to a room. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner 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 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

Extracurricular Activities

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.

How to Apply

Fill out online application

All applicants must submit a high-quality video via YouTube link. If you have a problem accessing YouTube, you can upload to other websites, such as youku.com, QQ. Once uploaded, email the link to chung@iiym.com.


School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.