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Girls in Music & Technology

Girls in Music and Technology (GiMaT) is a summer 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.

Program Dates: June 24 – July 5, 2019

U-M Faculty Director: Anıl Çamcı

Application Priority Deadline: March 29, 2019
Notifications: April 10, 2019

Tuition: $900
(Financial Assistance is available)

Program features:

  • Fun, inclusive environment designed to encourage curiosity and creativity
  • All subjects are introduced at an introductory level
  • Classes held in the state-of-the-art Brehm Technology Suite
  • Participants will use cutting edge computers and music hardware in the Music Technology Laboratory
  • GiMaT also focuses on free and low-cost software that will allow students to easily continue working with music technology independently in the future.

Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance Youth and Adult Programs, the Women in Science and Engineering Program, and the Department of Performing Arts Technology.

Eligibility: GiMaT is for students in grades 9-12. Enrollment is limited to 12 campers. 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.

For more info, please contact smtd-engage@umich.edu

1. Apply

Complete the online application, including paying the application fee of $45 per student. Pay by credit card or by check/money order payable to University of Michigan. If paying by check, please send payment with a printed copy of your confirmation page to the address below:

GiMaT
Youth & Adult Community Programs
108 Stearns Building
2005 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

2. Submit Additional Materials

Email your response to the following prompts to smtd-engage@umich.edu. The subject of the email should be GiMaT Essay.

Short Essay

Your essay can be any length as long as it addresses all of these topics:

  1. How do you think technology will change the way we create, distribute, and listen to music ten years in the future?
  2. Why do you think it is important to expand opportunities for women and girls in music technology?
  3. Name an inspirational woman (past or present) who has worked with technology and music and explain why you find her to be inspiring.
Prior Experience

If you have any, describe your prior experience in any of the following areas (this does not need to be in a paragraph format):

  • Computer programming
  • Music recording or production software
  • Music lessons or music classes in school

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please select the checkbox indicating you would like to be considered for a need-based scholarship in the program application, and after you submit you will receive a link to the online need-based financial aid application. This link will appear on your program application confirmation page. If you do not receive the link, you may email smtd-engage@umich.edu to receive another copy of the financial aid application link. You must also submit a copy of your family’s signed, most recent tax return (social security numbers redacted). Tax returns may be uploaded as PDFs in the financial aid application, or sent by U.S. Mail to:

YAP Need-Based Scholarship
108 Stearns Building
2005 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Along with your family’s signed tax return, please feel free to provide any additional documentation that describes your extenuating circumstances such as proof of unemployment, an AFDC medical card, or a statement of need from a high school counselor.