ARTL 310: Music and Dance in Paris Salon Culture

Saturday, May 13 (depart U.S.) – Sunday, June 4 (depart Paris) • 2.0 Units


Joanna Demers
Associate Professor of Music History
Thornton School of Music

Jackie Kopcsak
Associate Professor of Practice in Dance
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance


Anne Aubert-Santelli
Director of Admission & Student Services
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
(213) 821-6725


During this twenty-four day Maymester course in Paris, students will explore moments in Parisian salon culture as sites of artistic inspiration and collaboration. In doing so, students will investigate the cross-cultural legacy of Paris, and reflect on their own positions as global ambassadors of music, dance, and culture.

Throughout the history of Paris, artists and intellectuals have gathered in the drawing rooms of notable salonnières to exchange new ideas and refine their aesthetic tastes. Using this model, we bring together artist-scholars of diverse backgrounds to explore specific salons of the past, engage in conversation, broaden our collective cultural literacy and seize possible opportunities for present-day creative projects.

For more information about the course, read our official announcement of this exciting new program and review the course syllabus.

Program Costs

2 units of spring tuition
Note: Students exceeding 18 units in the spring semester will be subject to an additional per unit cost.

Fixed Costs
Program costs are based on an expected attendance of 20 students. Costs are approximate and subject to change. Most expenses are financial aid eligible.

  • Transportation: $160 (includes transportation from airport and Paris bus/metro transit pass)
  • Course Related Visits: $920 (includes site visits, performance tickets, excursions, welcome and farewell meals, and student discount card)
  • Accommodations: $925 (double/triple room in shared apartment)
  • ACCENT Fee: $550
  • Total: $2,555

Personal Costs
The following costs must be paid out of pocket. Approximate amounts are listed below. Please note that actual costs will vary depending upon personal travel preferences, meals, additional activities, etc.

  • Airfare: $1,000-$1,500
  • Food & Miscellaneous: $1,800 (assumes $75/day)
  • USC Student Health Insurance Plan for Students Studying Overseas (if not on USC Aetna Health Insurance): Approximately $200


The admission committee will select 20 students for this program. The group will likely be comprised of 10 Thornton and 10 Kaufman students. Priority will be given to majors then minors in each school. Students further along in their studies will also receive priority consideration. Students outside of Thornton and Kaufman will be considered pending availability.

There are no set criteria nor is there a minimum GPA requirement for this program. To apply, complete the application on SlideRoom: Requirements include an essay, resume, and STARS Report. The application costs $5.

Application Deadline: October 24, 2016
Student Notification: November 6, 2016

In addition to the 20 students selected for this program, there will be a wait list. Wait listed students will be notified of available spaces between November 6 and the end of the third week of spring classes.

Info Presentation

Did you miss our recent Q&A session? Download the Maymester Powerpoint Presentation – or email your questions to Anne Aubert-Santelli (