Summer Institute Music Industry

July 11–July 29, 2022 

Three weeks
Three college credits
Monday–Friday,  9 a.m.–5 p.m. & evening studio hours

This three-week program gives you exclusive access to new technologies, business practices and music industry professionals. Dive into an immersive, real-world course of study, and collaborate with classmates and professionals. Through project simulations, you’ll merge new software skills with your love of music.

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Work with a network of professionals in the music and technology industries, from respected performers to master technicians. Coursework is combined with trips to music venues and recording studios, guest lectures from professionals, and collaborations with Summer Institute Music students that elevate your musical expertise.

This comprehensive program builds the experience you’ll need to manage projects independently. Sharpen your skills in live sound technologies, recording, digital audio mixing and streaming in our state-of-the-art recording facilities using digital audio workstations (DAWs) and top-of-the-line API consoles. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on individual projects during open lab hours.

At the end of this program, students will

  • create composed and produced pieces designed to showcase their talents.

  • understand the differences between and application of a variety of microphones and recording equipment types.

  • understand the basics of music distribution, management, and copyright.

  • gain experience with basic networking through interactions with industry professionals on a variety of music business topics.


Core Classes

You’ll participate in the following courses. 

Live Sound

Using state-of-the-art equipment, you’ll learn the science and theory of acoustics and mixing techniques. You’ll have a hands-on opportunity to apply these principles and skills in a live performance setting.

Digital Audio

Explore basic digital audio theory, as well as fundamental application and strategy using Ableton Live. You’ll complete tutorials in arranging and mixing concepts, which are taught in a lab equipped with individual Ableton workstations.

Recording Workshop

Discover the approaches, equipment and principles used in audio recording, including an understanding of Pro Tools, various microphone types, signal flow, studio operation workflow and standards.

Web Radio

Interested in producing, DJing or managing your own online radio broadcast or an existing web station? This course examines operations within UArts Radio, the university’s web radio station. You’ll focus on delivery options, programming and content management.

Introduction to Music Business

Understanding the industry’s many sectors and how they interact is the first step to a successful career in music business. In this course, you’ll explore music performance, recording, promoting and distribution, and you’ll examine the revenue models, organizational structures and business principles of each area.

Digital Media & Marketing

Digital media’s rise over the past two decades has turned media production and consumption on their heads, which resulted in new industry standards and operations. This course investigates the range of organizations and economic forces involved in digital media production and related business practices and policies.

A Week in the Life

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  • 9–10:30 a.m. Music Business

  • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Digital Media and Marketing

  • 1–2:30 p.m. Live Sound

  • 2:30–4 p.m. Web Radio 


  • 9–10:30 a.m. Music Business

  • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Digital Media and Marketing

  • 1–2:30 p.m. Recording 

  • 2:30–4 p.m. Digital Audio 


  • 9–10:30 a.m. Music Business

  • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Digital Media and Marketing

  • 1–2:30 p.m. Live Sound

  • 2:30–4 p.m. Web Radio 


  • 9–10:30 a.m. Music Business

  • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Digital Media and Marketing

  • 1–2:30 p.m. Recording 

  • 2:30–4 p.m. Digital Audio 


  • 9–10:30 a.m. Music Business

  • 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Digital Media and Marketing

  • 1–4 p.m. Master Class with Visiting Artist and Studio Visits


  • Optional off-campus field trip 

Note: Students break for lunch between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. every day. Some evening activities are part of the program’s curriculum. Commuters should plan accordingly.


Courses in Music Industry and Technology are taught by musicians and music professionals. The majority of our faculty teach in the degree programs at UArts, such as the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) program. Our expert instructors are seasoned educators and dedicated artists who enjoy sharing their expertise and collaborating with the next generation of musicians and music professionals.

Summer 2022 faculty may include

JohnPaul Beattie

BA '10

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Grant Bouvier head shot
Grant Bouvier

BS '16

A headshot of Stephen Cirino
Stephen Cirino

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
Jacob Folk

A headshot of Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)
A headshot of Tom Spiker
Tom Spiker

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (BS)

How to Apply

The last day to apply was May 15, 2022

Tuition and Fees  

Tuition: $3,400
Program Fee: $150  
Housing and Meals: $1,390

Commuter Total: $3,550
Residential Total: $4,940

Students are expected to bring supplies with them or purchase them once they arrive on campus. Supply lists will be shared one month prior to the start of the program with cost estimates.

Spending and Miscellaneous Expenses
Students spend an average of $80–$100 per week on additional items including laundry, snacks, personal spending and non-required supplies.



Scholarships for the Summer Institute are awarded to students in high academic standing with significant creative potential and financial need. Scholarship awards are competitive. Students are able to apply for either a merit- or need-based scholarship. 

Learn about Summer Institute scholarships.


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