Paris Maymester

Paris Maymester

ARTL 310: Music and Dance in Paris Salon Culture

2.0 Units • May – June

During this 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 2018 course syllabus. You can also download notes from our October 2018 informational meeting.


Rotem Gilbert
Associate Professor of Practice
Thornton School of Music

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


Anne Aubert-Santelli
Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services
Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
(213) 821-6725

Program Costs

2 units of spring tuition
Notes: 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). We are still finalizing the details for the 2019 program. We have provided estimated costs for the 2019 program, based upon the costs of the 2018 program. These are subject to change, but should be comparable.

  • Transportation: $175
  • Accommodations: $1,140
  • Activities & Student Discount Card: $700
  • Administrative Costs: $250
  • ACCENT Fee: $585
  • Total: $2,850

*Fixed costs are subject to change and assume 24 student enrollment. All expenses are financial aid eligible (loans) with a petition.

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 (can use personal mileage/points)
  • Food & Miscellaneous: $1,300 (assumes $50/day)
  • Overseas Health Insurance (if not on USC Aetna Health Plan): $97
  • Additional Units: $1800/unit
  • Students may wish to budget extra money for smaller 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. In addition to the 24 students selected for this program, there will be a wait list. Please direct any questions to the program coordinator, Anne Aubert-Santelli, at