June 27-July 3, 2021
The Music Technology program is designed for students who have a creative ear and an interest in the ever-expanding world of electronic music, digital audio software, and audio-related technology. Students will work in the U of I Computer-Assisted Music Instruction Lab (CAMIL) and focus on an exercise-driven curriculum designed to introduce the fundamentals of audio recording, editing, creative processing, and electro-acoustic composition. All necessary equipment (computers, headphones, software, etc) will be provided by the university. Limited to the number of available lab computers.
• For students completing grades 8-12.
• For students interested in getting started with music technology.
• No prior experience necessary.
Advanced Music Technology
The Advanced Music Technology program is designed for students who have already been exploring creative audio software and technology on their own, and who are eager to learn about a broader range of tools and techniques. In addition to pursuing creative work with their preferred DAW, students in this program will share their progress with fellow students, and receive one-on-one feedback from the faculty instructor. Students will also participate in exercises designed to teach more advanced technical and creative skills, including an introduction to audio programming languages, such as SuperCollider and Sonic Pi.
Students interested in this program are expected be comfortable with at least one DAW, and have strong math/science skills. An interest in electronic music composition and computer programming is strongly encouraged. Students are also expected to have produced some creative work in the past (e.g. electronic compositions, songs, etc), which they should make shareable prior to camp (e.g. Soundcloud upload or other file-sharing service).
- For students completing grades 8-12.
- Students must bring their own laptop computer (macOS or Windows) with their preferred DAW software installed. Students are invited (but not required) to bring a portable MIDI controller. Students should also be prepared to download some additional (free) audio software on their computers.
- Students should make their past creative work shareable, e.g. uploaded to Soundcloud or another file-sharing service.
- Headphones will be provided, or students can bring their own.
Final Concert Schedule
- Resident - $750 (tuition, room and board)
- Commuter - $550 (tuition and lunch only)
Pre- College Scholarship
- Students who graduate 11th grade in 2021 and who participate in the below pre-college programs during Summer 2021, will be considered for the ISYM Pre-College Scholarship. This scholarship awards $2,000 to the selected students to attend a Music degree program at Illinois starting in the Fall 2022 term. To receive the award students must apply and be admitted to the University of Illinois with any Music degree as the “first choice” major. The Scholarship will be renewed for a total of four years provided the student stays in good academic standing and make progress to the music degree. Other conditions of the scholarship may be included on official scholarship notice sent after the offer of admission.
Program Faculty Artist
Dr. Eli Fieldsteel |The 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.