Tango for Musicians at Reed College


Tango for Musicians at Reed College is open to musicians of all instruments, arrangers, and composers. Enrollment is limited to 100 participants, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tango for Musicians 2020 Registration Schedule

Financial aid applications February 3-21, 2020
Financial aid decisions March 9, 2020
Registration with discount February 3 - May 1, 2020
Regular registration May 2 - June 1, 2020

Steps for Registration

  1. Fill out the online registration form and submit payment (full tuition is due at the time of registration). This will reserve your spot for our program.
  2. Provide a link to an audio or video recording that best represents your playing for the leveling team to make ensemble assignments and place you in the appropriate instrumental techniques classes. (See ABOUT THE AUDIO/VIDEO FILE below for more information).

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact tango@reed.edu. We will refund 100% of your tuition until March 31, and then 50% of your tuition until June 1. Tuition is not refundable after June 1.

About the Audio/Video File

To complete the registration form, all participants will be asked to submit an audio or video track of themselves playing their instrument. That audio/video will only be seen by our leveling team and will not be published or shared. It is important to note that it will not be considered an audition; it will only be used as a reference to make ensemble and instrumental technique assignments.

The audio/video can feature any genre of music (tango, classical, jazz, folk, etc.), although a tango recording is preferred. A recording of a solo performance or one in which the participant stands out as a soloist is suggested. The audio/video does not need to be technically sophisticated but should fairly represent the participant’s level of playing.

Participants who are performers of more than one instrument will have to choose a primary instrument which will be played in the ensembles and will be focused on in instrumental techniques classes, which are instrument-specific and will be tiered according to level and experience.

Beginning bandoneón players are not required to submit a video. This circumstance should be noted on the registration form in the comments field.

A tutorial on uploading video files to YouTube can be found here. Audio files can be uploaded to any cloud hosting service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.


Teaching Materials

Participants will receive an email with their ensemble assignment, parts, and materials for their tiered instrumental techniques classes no later than May 1, 2020. These materials will be sent as PDF files via email. Participants will be asked to arrive on campus having printed out and prepared these materials on their own so that ensembles and instrumental techniques classes can hit the ground running.

Participants who register after April 30, 2020 will receive these materials within 10 working days after confirming their registration and submitting their payment.

All instruction and educational materials will be presented in English.

Image Rights

By registering for Tango for Musicians for Reed College, all participants give up the right to receive compensation for the use of their image in photographs and/or videos with educational or promotional means both by Tango for Musicians at Reed College and Tango Sin Fin.

Instruments and Music Stands

All participants must bring to the workshop their own instruments and accessories for their personal use. Storage for large instruments may be available by special arrangement. This will have to be arranged in advance by emailing tango@reed.edu.  Music stands will be provided by Reed College.


Please contact us with any questions or concerns via email at tango@reed.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

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