Introductory Music Technology

June 26 – July 2, 2022

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: in-person on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Eligibility:

  • 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).
  • Students should have decent quality earbuds, headphones, or speakers for playback (better than built-in computer speakers is preferable).

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 – 10:30 am: Techniques & Concepts
10:45 – 11:45 am: DIY Sessions
12:00 – 1:15 pm: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Listening/Discussion
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Electronic Music-Making – Free Exploration
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Electives
5:15 pm: Dinner and Evening Activities
10:30 pm: Lights out

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form (opens December 1)
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2022.

Tuition: 

  • Resident – $850 (tuition, room and board)

  • Commuter – $550 (tuition and lunch only)

Program Faculty

Dr. Eli Fieldsteel, University of Illinois

Dr. Eli Fieldsteel, serving as Director of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios since 2016, is a composer specializing in music technology with a diverse history of cross-disciplinary collaboration. He is the recipient of the 2014 James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers, first prize in the 2012 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, as well as awards and recognition from other organizations, including the Bandmasters’ Academic Society of Japan and the Frank Ticheli Competition. His music has been performed nationally and internationally by ensembles such as the Dallas Wind Symphony, the North Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Kawagoe Sohwa Wind Ensemble of Tokyo, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble. His music is published under Lovebird Music, and has been recorded on the SEAMUS and Aerocade Music record labels.