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.
U-M Faculty Director: Zeynep Ozcan
Dates: June 20–July 2, 2021
Application Open: December 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021
Admissions Notification: March 1, 2021
*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
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.
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Here you will
- Fill out your application
- Upload your audition materials (videos via sharable link (Google Drive (preferred), Dropbox or YouTube)
- Share any need-based scholarship information
- 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.
Deadline for all application/audition materials to be submitted is February 1, 2021.
Applications may be accepted after the deadline if openings remain. 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.
Admission notifications will be e-mailed on March 1, 2021.
Admissions decisions will not be given by phone.
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?
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)
- Makey Makey Classic – $49 (required)
- Alesis Vmini 25-Key Portable Keyboard Controller (or equivalent)
- Audio-Technica M20X Headphone (or equivalent)
- Personal computer (desktop or laptop) Please contact email@example.com if you need assistance with acquiring a computer for MPulse use.
- Ableton Live (Short-term licenses available) (free)
- Max (Short-term licenses available) (free)
- VCV Rack – Virtual Eurorack DAW (free)
- Gibber – Live-coding Platform (free)
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.
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
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.