The Summer Electronic Music Institute (SEMI) is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors. The 2020 sessions will be conducted remotely in light of COVID-19. 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.
Session 1: June 29 – July 10, 2020
Session 2: July 13 – July 24, 2020
May 15, 2020
$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available
High School Students
- Production Strategies
- 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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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.
Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.
All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.
An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.