Introductory Music Technology

June 21-25, 2021

The Introductory Music Technology program is designed for students who have a budding interest (but little to no prior experience) in songwriting, music production, electronic music, and audio-related technology. The course curriculum is designed to introduce the fundamentals of audio recording, editing, creative processing, electro-acoustic composition, and live presentation of music online. Students will complete short assignments toward a small-scale creative project using common freeware and a flexible assortment of available resources in a remote setting.

Format: interactive (synchronous) instruction via Zoom.


  • For students completing grades 8-12.
  • For students interested in getting started with music technology.
  • No prior experience in music technology or music creation necessary.
  • Students must have access to a computer (macOS or Windows) and be able to complete assignments between sessions.
  • Students should have decent quality earbuds, headphones, or speakers for playback (better than built-in computer speakers is preferable).

Tentative Introductory Music Technology Daily Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Topic introduction and listening examples
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Assignment-specific instructions and getting started
1:30 – 2:30 PM: Troubleshooting problems and further applications
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Thinking about creative problems in sound; planning for next class

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2021.

Tuition: $350 – Participant

Program Faculty

Kerrith Livengood, University of Illinois

Kerrith Livengood’s works have been performed at ACO’s SONiC Festival, June in Buffalo, Bargemusic, CCM’s MusicX festivals, the North American Saxophone Alliance annual conference, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Edmonton Festival of New Music, the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song series, the Cortona Sessions, and Alia Musica Pittsburgh’s Conductors Festival. She has composed works for the JACK Quartet, Third Angle Ensemble, Duo Cortona, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie and pianist Adam Marks, soprano Amy Petrongelli, and the h2 Quartet. Her works feature unexpected musical forms, complex grooves, lyricism, noise, and humor. Her string quartet This Is My Scary Robot Voice, performed by the Argus Quartet, features speech rhythms intoning an anxious inner monologue, which the New York Times described as “sketchy seeming.” By contrast, her setting of poet Jennifer L. Knox’s Hot Ass Poem for mezzo-soprano, flute, and piano features shouting, theatrical ogling, and pretty bird-like flute chirps. Currently, she is collaborating with Knox on a piece for two sopranos and oboe about starlings (the invasive and adaptive birds). Kerrith is also a flutist, drummer, and improviser. She has premiered many new works by young composers with members of the JACK Quartet, eighth blackbird and the American Modern Ensemble, and once played a wild duet in concert with Anthony Braxton. She is a native of Springfield, Missouri. Kerrith is also assistant director for the New Music On The Point Festival.