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Summer Music Technology

Summer Program for High School Students

The 2015 SMT program is slated to run Monday, July 27th - Friday, July 31st. Applications are now open. Please be sure to email your recommendation letter to and include "SMT Application" in the subject line. The deadline for application materials is currently April 17th, 2015. 

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The Summer Music Technology (SMT) program at Drexel is an innovative educational experience for high school students. The goal of SMT is to introduce students to the technology of digital music to reveal the influence and importance of engineering, science, and mathematics in music performance, recording, and listening. Many high schoolers are already experienced users of music technology (to organize and share their music, to transfer them to their portable players, and even to re-mix or "mash-up" their music into new creative works). By engaging students' interests in music we hope to catalyze curiosity in science and technology. In particular, we wish to attract students from backgrounds under-represented in the fields of engineering, math, and science who may not have considered it previously.

There is no cost for participation in the SMT program. Students will participate in activities from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily in Drexel classrooms and laboratories. Lunch will be provided each day of the program. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Drexel.

Included topics

  • Find out how music is recorded and produced.
  • Experiment with acoustic and electronic instruments.
  • Understand how sound stored in a computer.
  • Learn about how mp3 players (iPods) work.
  • Create new sounds and sound effects.
  • And many more...

SMT Lesson Plans

Acoustic Resonance

The Analog-Digital Gameshow

Digital Sound Effects

Interface Design

Music Information Retrieval

Musical Interfaces

Music Production

Speaker Building

Waves & Sound