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Summer Electronic Music Institute (SEMI)

We are planning to run this program in-person for summer 2022; however, we must remain flexible in our response to COVID-19 developments. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our primary concerns, so remote workshops may be a necessary alternative. This page will be updated as soon as guidance from NYU central is available.

The Summer Electronic Music Institute (SEMI) is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will have access to exclusive live instruction sessions and explore the increasingly relevant world of remote collaboration and music creation.  Students will focus on producing music, technology for improving production skills, and enabling live electronic music composition, improvisation, and/or performance. Students will collaborate with NYU Steinhardt Music Technology faculty and our extensive network of industry professionals, artists, and creators to develop workflows, tools, and techniques that expand their production and performance options beyond their existing skill set. 

Program Dates

Session 1: June 28 – July 9, 2021
Session 2: July 12 – July 23, 2021

Application Deadline

May 20, 2021

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$3,464 (Tuition)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

Intended For

High School Students

Topics include:

  • Production Strategies
  • Controllerism
  • Physics of Sound
  • Sound Design
  • The Science of Hearing
  • Improvisation with technology
  • Video Art
  • Live Remote Collaboration

Daily activities will consist of webinars in large and sub-group sizes with our faculty. Webinars will be a blend of lecture and interactive instruction. Faculty will guide students remotely through collaborative labs allowing all students to contribute to a variety of group projects. Current methods of remote connectivity and music production will be discussed and implemented. Over the course of the program, students will collaborate in sub-groups to create original works with an emphasis on performance and live. These projects will be refined progressively during the program with faculty and peer review to culminate in a professionally produced original musical work. 

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Audition Requirements

Recommendation letter (required): Recommenders should be chosen from people most familiar with your former or current studies, musical interests, or work. Friends, family members, or guardians should not write the letters of recommendation. Examples of people who should write letter of recommendation include teachers of music and/or music technology related subjects, guidance counselors, work, or internship supervisors.

The required recommendation letters are to be submitted within your application directly (instructions are provided in regards to having the recommender uploading it themselves). Optional but highly recommended: Please submit an audio file of an original composition showing your electronic music production skills and creativity.

Summer 2021 Application

The 2021 summer programs application is open. Start your application today!


Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

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Cancellations and Refund Policy

Updated for 2021 in response to COVID-19 and NYU’s move to remote learning.

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Contact Us

Program Administration
Summer Programs
212 998 5438

Academic Content
Spencer Shafter
Associate Director for Music Technology Summer Programs

Dr. Agnieszka Roginska
Music Associate Professor