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Girls in Music & Technology

Viewed from behind, three students sit in in front of a monitor and electronic mixing equipment.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.

The 2022 GiMaT program will be held in-person on the University of Michigan Campus. GiMaT 2022 will be held during the day, and will not require students to stay on campus overnight. Any and all meals are the responsibility of the students.

(UPDATED 4/4/22) NOTE: Students participating in MPulse 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. View the updated MPulse COVID-19 vaccination policy.

U-M Faculty Director: Zeynep Ozcan

Dates: June 27 – July 8, 2022
Tuition: $500

Priority Application Deadline: May 13, 2022 11:59PM EST
Priority Admissions Notification: May 20, 2022

Openings still remain! The application will remain open for rolling admission until June 1.

*Please note, need-based and merit scholarships will be available.


Those participating in the 2022 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.
  • Receive free permanent Max 8 licenses from Cycling 74′ (worth $250)

ELIGIBILITY
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.

Please note you can revisit your application as many times as needed, however, all of the items listed above are due by your institute’s deadline. The application will automatically save as your fill in your application.

Here you will

  1. Fill out your application
  2. Upload your materials (videos via sharable link (Google Drive (preferred), Dropbox or YouTube)
  3. Share any need-based scholarship information
  4. Pay your non-refundable application fee. ($75 per institute)

Please note you can revisit your application as many times as needed, however, all of the items listed above are due by your institute’s deadline. The application will automatically save as your fill in your application.

Admission notifications will be e-mailed May 20, 2022.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

Those interested in participating in this year’s program should submit the following materials via the online application portal.

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

  • How do you think technology will change the way we create, distribute, and listen to music ten years in the future?
  • 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.
  • What do you like about music?

PRIOR EXPERIENCE
Students with no prior experience and knowledge with 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).

  • Computer programming
  • Music recording or production software
  • Music lessons or music classes in school
  • Software and hardware you own (headphones, midi keyboards, microphones)

Merit Awards
MPulse awards a limited number of scholarships to extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
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
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.

Application open to Michigan residents only.
Apply for a Watson Scholarship

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
Email: mpulse@umich.edu

This year’s program is generously sponsored by Cycling ’74 and Makey Makey.

updated March 21, 2022