Girls in Music & Technology
The MPulse Girls in Music and Technology (GiMaT) program is an in-person day camp designed to encourage participation by girls in activities at the intersection of music and technology. GiMaT participation is open to all genders and offers the hands-on opportunity to learn creative technologies for making music with computers, with faculty from U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Department of Performing Arts Technology.
Those participating in the MPulse GiMaT program will engage in classes and programs addressing, but not limited to, the following subjects:
- Electronic Music Composition
- Historical Perspectives on Electronic Music and Female Electronic Music Pioneers
- Introduction to Music Production with Ableton Live
- Computer Programming for Music: Introduction to MAX MSP and Sound Synthesis
- Electronic Musical Instrument Design with Makey Makey
- Live Performance with Electronics
- Weekly Showcase of Student Works
- Meeting with Guest Artists and Researchers in the field
Dates: August 5-16, 2024
Tuition (Day Program): $500
Application Status: Will open in late October
Non-Refundable Application Fee: $75
Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2024*
Priority Admissions Notification: March 1, 2024
Thank you to our sponsor, Cycling ‘74
Annual Academic Max 8 licenses ($59 value) will be given to students
*Applications will remain open until all spots are filled in the program. Please check the application status above to see if we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis. Rolling basis applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis following the priority application.
MPulse GiMaT Faculty
Lecturer, Performing Arts Technology; Faculty Director, Girls in Music Technology Institute
Zeynep Özcan is an electronic music composer, educator, singer, and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Music, an M.A. in History of Architecture, and a B.A. in Philosophy. As a multidisciplinary researcher, her practice lies at the intersection of art and technology, where she explores biologically inspired musical creativity, sonification, and interactive experiences. Her works have been performed and presented throughout the world in concerts, exhibitions, and conferences. As an educator, she is passionate about building multicultural and collaborative learning environments and promoting community education.
Do I need to bring any equipment?
No. You don’t need to bring any equipment to the camp unless you want to. All the equipment and necessary software will be provided throughout the camp. Each student will have their individual audio workstation. Each workstation features an Ableton Push, Max 8, a MIDI keyboard, an audio interface, a headphone amp, Makey Makey Kit, and more.
Do I need to have prior experience?
No. Students with no prior experience and knowledge of music technology are especially encouraged to apply.
How can I apply for the scholarships?
If your family’s adjusted gross income (AGI) is $100,000 or less, please provide your most recent tax return documentation and answer the questions provided in the scholarship section of the application. All students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.
Schedule & Activities
Weekdays: 9:30- 4:00 pm
Lunch break: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Showcase: Every Friday 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Field recording, Introduction to sound recording, soundwalk, electronic music composition, music production with Ableton Live, introduction to audio programming with Max, Introduction to Mixing, Introduction to Sound Spatialization, Introduction to Lighting Design for Music Performance, Live Performance, Sound Installation and many more.
Highlights from Previous Camps
List of Guest Speakers from the previous camps:
- Imogen Heap
- Anna Weisling
- 6zm a.k.a Gizem Oruc
- Teresa Connors
- Didem Coskunseven
- Sile O’Modhrain
- Jessica Paz
- Visda Guadarzi
- Annea Lockwood
- Ah! Kosmos
- Leslie Gaston
- Beatriz Ferreyra
- Asha Tamirisa
- Hazal Elif Yalvac
- Lisa Schonberg
- Suzanne Thorpe
- Colleen Graves
- Carla Scaletti
GiMaT Student Projects
Eligibility & Application Requirements
GiMaT is for students in grades 9-12. Experience with music, computer programming, or music software is not required, but will be beneficial. The camp is open to students of all gender identities, and is designed to encourage and support campers who wish to explore musical applications of technology.
Those interested in participating in this year’s program should submit the following materials via the online application portal.
Your essay can be any length as long as it addresses all of these topics:
- Who are you and what do you like about music?
- Why do you want to participate in the camp?
- Which activities you are looking forward to?
- Why do you think it is important to expand opportunities for women and girls and non-binary in music technology?
- Name an inspirational woman (past or present) who has worked with technology and music and explain why you find her to be inspiring.
Students with no prior experience and knowledge of music technology are especially encouraged to apply. If you have any, describe your prior experience in any of the following areas (this does not need to be in a paragraph format).
A limited number of scholarships are available for extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority application deadline.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:
- Monthly Expenses
- Previous Year’s Tax Return
- Statement of Need
Watson Scholarship (For Michigan Residents Only)
In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.
MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660