ARTL 310: Music and Dance in Paris Salon Culture

2.0 Units • May 2019

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 2017 announcement of the program and review the 2017 course syllabus. You can also download notes or a Powerpoint Presentation from our October 5th informational meeting.


Joanna Demers
Associate Professor of Music History
Thornton School of Music

Jackie Kopcsak
Assistant 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

Program Costs

2 units of spring tuition
Note: Students exceeding 18 units in the spring semester will be subject to an additional per unit fee. Students who meet all eligibility requirements may be able to apply their Academic Achievement Award to the Maymester program.

Fixed Costs
Program costs are based on an expected attendance of 24 students. Most expenses are financial aid eligible (loans). The following are estimated costs for the 2019 program:

  • Transportation: $150 (includes transportation from airport and Paris bus/metro transit pass)
  • Course Related Visits: $800 (includes site visits, performance tickets, excursions, and student discount card)
  • Accommodations: $950 (double/triple room in shared apartment)
  • Administrative Costs: $400
  • ACCENT Fee: $550
  • Total: $2,850

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: $700-$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): $150
  • Students may wish to budget extra money to attend small concerts, performances, or other activities.


The admission committee will select 24 students for this program. The group will likely be comprised of 12 Thornton and 12 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 2018 (Check back for further details)

Student Notification: October 20, 2017

In addition to the 24 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 Session

An information session was held on Thursday, October 5. If you missed it, you can download the Info Session Notes and view the Info Session Powerpoint Presentation.

Please direct any questions to the program coordinator, Anne Aubert-Santelli, at