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Girls in Music and Technology

Exciting two-week day camp exploring

the intersection of music and technology


Key Information

U-M Faculty Director: Professor Michael Gurevich

July 23 - August 3, 2018

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.

Application Prioirty Deadline: March 16, 2018

Notifications: April 13, 2018

Tuition: $900

(Financial aid available)


Girls in Music and Technology (GiMaT) is a summer day camp designed to promote participation by girls in activities at the intersection of music and technology. GiMaT 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, one of the world's leading undergraduate programs in music technology.

Program Features:

  • Fun, inclusive environment aimed to encourage curiosity and creativity
  • All subjects are introduced at an introductory level
  • Classes held in the brand new Brehm Technology Suite
  • Participants will use cutting edge computers and music hardware in the state-of-the-art 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.

GiMaT introduces students to a wide array of topics and career paths in music technology, and will feature live interactive presentations and Q&A sessions with inspirational women working professionally in diverse areas of the field. Many of the topics covered are applicable to numerous fields and careers in technology, engineering, and media arts. There will be special emphasis on creative applications of computer programming.

Other topics include:

  • music production software
  • digital audio theory
  • sound editing
  • audio effects.


Girls in Music and Technology day camp is for students who will complete grades 9-12 before camp begins. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Experience with music, computer programming, or music software is not required, but will be beneficial. While the camp is open to students of all gender identities, it is designed to encourage and support girls who wish to explore musical applications of technology.

Application Requirements

Priority Application Deadline: March 16, 2018
Notifications will be emailed by April 13, 2018 for those that apply by the priority deadline.

For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the priority deadline. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline if openings remain. Review, admission and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

To apply to GiMaT you must complete the following two steps. Your application will not be considered complete until both of the below requirements have been received by the Office of Youth & Adult Community Programs.

1. Register

Complete the Online Application


Application Fee: $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:

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


2. Submit Additional Materials

Email your short essay and any prior experience to: The subject of the email should be:

GiMaT Essay

Short Essay (maximum 500 words)

Please address the following questions:

  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

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

Need-Based Financial Assistance

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To be considered for a need-based scholarship you must complete the online need-based financial aid application. Please select "merit and need award consideration" in the program application. After you submit your program application 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 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
2005 Baits Drive, Rm# 108
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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.



Brehm Pavillion in summer Technology Girls Performing Close-up Hands on Mixing Board Moore Woods

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower