Girls in Music & Technology

Girls in Music and Technology (GiMaT) is a virtual 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.
Instructor and student at computer keyboard.

U-M Faculty Director: Zeynep Ozcan

Dates: June 20–July 2, 2021
Tuition: $1,150*

Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
Priority Admissions Notification: March 1, 2021

We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis as openings remain. Students who submitted their materials by the priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first.

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


  • 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 and Live Coding
  • Weekly Showcase of Student Works

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. 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.

Start your application now
Here you will

  1. Fill out your application
  2. Upload your audition 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.

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2021.

We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis as openings remain. Students who submitted their materials by the priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first.

Review, admission, and notification for applications received after the deadline will be handled on a rolling basis, subject to space availability per each individual institute. Space is limited.

Priority admission notifications will be e-mailed on March 1, 2021.

Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.

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 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
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)

Digital Audition Resources
How to upload to Google Drive (preferred) and Dropbox
How to create an unlisted video on YouTube
Tips for making a successful recording

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

Shure Scholarship & Headphones
One individual will be awarded a $500 Shure Scholarship based on need. Thanks to a donation from Shure, 11 individuals will also be given Shure SRH400 Closed-Back Studio Headphones, based on 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

This program is generously sponsored by Shure and Cycling ’74.

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