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Music and History in New York City

Conducted by Ms. Deirdre Lannon and Dr. Russell Haight

Music and History in New York City is an educational program for Texas State University students. The program follows the Study Abroad model, and is held in New York City for three weeks each summer. Co-taught by Dr. Russell Haight (School of Music) and Ms. Deirdre Lannon (Department of History), the program includes guided visits to museums, archives, historical and architectural sites, walking tours, dance and musical performances, as well as readings, seminars, lectures, and assessed work.

PROGRAM NOTE:  Program Director approval is required to apply for this program.  Prior to completing a Study-in-America Application, students need to download and sign a Program Payment/Cancellation Form, and a General Release.  The forms are to be attached to the online application for submission. 

This program will not make if fewer than 10 students have enrolled.

Dates:  June 2-22, 2013

Course Offerings: 

Students must enroll in two courses for which they will receive six hours of course credit, provided the requirements of the program are met. They may choose from the following:

MU 2313 Introduction to Fine Arts - CRN TBA

HIST 3368K Topics in American Cultural History - Summer 2013 CRN 54084

HIST 3368M Popular Music and Social Movements - Summer 2013 CRN 54085

HIST 3368T The American Songbook - America's Music History - Summer 2013 CRN 54069

MU 3375 History of Jazz - Summer 2013 CRN 54086


Course and Program Overview

This program will include an online component and three weeks in New York City. The program is designed to meet the requirements for each course offered. 

An orientation / introductory meeting with be scheduled on campus before the programs begins.

The program will convene at New York University – our partner institution. Students will be met at the residence hall by the program faculty on the designated day. Program faculty will be staying in the same residence hall as students.

Each scheduled day, students will be engaged in a learning activity. These activities will be led by the program faculty, and attendance at each activity is mandatory. Each activity will have a relative assignment, found in the TRACS course site.

The online portion of the program will include discussion, assignment submission, communication, and dissemination of resources. 

Applying for the Program

Students need to submit a Study-in-America Application and attach the Program Payment/Cancellation and General Release forms (links to forms provided in Program Note above), as well and any other required attachments requested on the applicaiton. 

When the application has been processed, students will receive an email with a link to make program fee payments (see payment schedule below).


Registering for Courses

Students register for academic courses through the Student Information System/Catsweb during regular University registration periods for Summer 2013.

Tuition is paid online through SBS Billing and Payment.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.

This is done separately from paying the program fees.

Tuition, Program Fee, Total Cost, and Payment Schedule

Total Cost of the program is $3,554. This cost includes the following:
Tuition for six hours of undergraduate university credit (two courses):  $1,302

Lodging and Program Fees: $2,252*

Lodging and Program Fees are payable online through Texas State E-Payment Services, according to the payment schedule below.**  Once your application has been processed, you will be sent the link to make your first payment online.

Payment Amount Due Date
Deposit (non-refundable) $500 February 15, 2013
Initial Payment $900 March 15, 2013
Final Payment $852 May 1, 2013





Students who fail to make payments on time may be withdrawn from the program.  There is a $10 late payment fee.  Click here to pay the late fee.

Refund Schedule: 

Payment Date of Cancellation Amount Refunded
Deposit Non-refundable Non-refundable
Initial Payment Before April 16, 2013 100% ($900)
Initial Payment April 16, 2013 - May 1, 2013 50% ($450)
Total Payment May 2, 2013 - May 15, 2013 75% ($1,689)
Total Payment May 16, 2013 - June 1, 2013 50% ($1,126)
Total Payment After June 1, 2013 0

Cancellation must be made in writing to the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.  As indicated above, participants may lose all or part of the total payment, depending on the date of cancellation.

*Program fees include the following:

  • 3 week stay at an NYU apartment-style residence hall (see description below)
  • Tickets and entrance fees to all mandatory field trips / activities (see list in Program Schedule)
  • Guest lecturers (including authors of assigned readings)
  • Unlimited subway and bus travel for the duration (MetroCard)
  • Transportation to activities outside of the MetroCard service area
  • 3 catered meals (arrival pizza party, Fraunces Tavern activity, closing seminar/luncheon)
  • Access to NYU Athletic facilities (pool and workout room)
  • Wireless Internet in residence halls
  • Access to NYU Libraries and computer labs
  • Access to NYU laundry facilities (for an additional charge)

**Our relationship with NYU allows students to partake of their Campus Cash Program, which is like Texas State's Bobcat Bucks. A pre-paid debit card is issued, which is accepted at nearby delis, grocery stores, pharmacies, and select campus dining halls – also at the housing laundry facilities. Students may purchase a card directly from NYU Campus Cash in any designation they desire.