Music Industry Summer Program 

Music Industry Summer Program

Music Industry Summer Program 

Exploring the Music Industry Summer Commuter Program for High School Students: July 13th - 18th, 2014

About the program

Recorded Music is more than the performer and performance. It is the intersection of business and technology. Behind every artist is a team of professionals recording and mixing sound, marketing and promoting the artist to consumers and media; publishers working to expand the music’s reach through other entertainment outlets, and dozens more individuals crafting virtually every aspect of what will be seen and heard.

Drexel’s Music Industry Summer Program is an intensive one-week program for high school students serious about acquiring a head start on understanding the basics and the nuances of this incredibly competitive and energetic industry.

Drexel’s Music Industry Program is nationally known for its student-run enterprises such as MAD Dragon Records, Bantic Media and Mad Dragon Publishing, and its state of the art recording facilities. Drexel’s faculty of music industry professionals teach the summer program and draw course work from the undergraduate curriculum that addresses music recording, production, marketing, management, publishing and more. Through practical classroom lectures and hands-on studio experience, students are ensured valuable insight into this one of a kind program.

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Program Format 

Classes will run Monday through Friday between the hours 9:30am – 4:40pm; with one lunch break. Your schedule will include three of the following course offerings. All students will be taking Music Publishing and it is included as one of your three classes. This means that you should inform us in your application your top two preferences of classes from the list below not including Music Publishing.

Audio Engineering: Utilizing Drexel’s state-of-the-art recording facilities, students will learn about the nature of sound and how it is applied to recording and editing music. Students will learn the latest recording equipment and techniques, from setting up microphones to editing on ProTools®, so that they can make and record their own music.

Digital Audio Production: Students will produce their own music in real recording sessions by learning how to listen and what to listen for in the recording process. In addition, students will be taught to use various sound effects, vocal techniques, specialized recording methods and the art of creating electronic based music.

DIY Marketing & Social Media: How does is it possible to make an impact in today’s crowded music environment? Utilizing strategic principles and a variety of widely available tools, students will learn how to achieve maximum visibility in the market space and provide optimum opportunity for their music projects in the digital space.

Introduction to Music Industry: An introduction to four key areas of the music business - the recording industry, publishing, touring and concert promotion.

Music Publishing: Understanding the fundamentals of the structure and function of the publishing industry as it relates to the music and music-related industries, a fundamental key in today’s business and an economic must for any artist.

Orientation: You will have an orientation on Sunday, July 14th for both you and your parents. To get familiarized with where classes will be held on campus during the week, and to obtain dining hall passes for lunch. Students will be expected to report directly to their first class on Monday morning.

Closing Reception: The program is capped by a reception the evening of the last day of the program. Students who complete the one-week program will receive a program certificate.

Facilities: Drexel offers state-of-the-art editing/recording labs and four recording studios, and piano labs.

Meal Plan: Drexel will provide you with lunch every day during your one-week program.

Health Services: You are required to submit proof of health insurance prior to the start of the program.

Housing: This summer program is designed as a commuter program therefore supervised residential housing is not offered. We can make recommendations for accommodations on or near Drexel's campus. Both options require a parent to stay overnight with the student if they are under the age of 18.

  1. Drexel On-Campus Dorm Accommodations: Short-term housing available to students and their parents in a Drexel Residence Hall. For more information visit:
  2. The University City Sheraton Hotel: This hotel is walking distance from our campus, 3 blocks. Many out- of town families stay at this hotel because it is the closest to our campus. Ask for the Drexel Rate. Phone (215) 387-8000 or visit

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We welcome mature high school students, at least 16 years old, who have completed their sophomore year by July.

Apply by submitting the following items:

  • Your high school transcript; official or unofficial transcript.
  • A 300-word personal statement discussing your interest in music and the summer program.

A $300 deposit must be included with your application. Acceptable forms of payment are Check or Money Order, or Credit Card (use with online application only).

All applications will be reviewed upon completion and applicants will be notified on a rolling basis. Students who are not accepted into the program will receive a full refund of their $300 application deposit.

Upon acceptance, we will mail an information package to you and your family with additional program information and, of course, more forms to complete. The $300 deposit will be credited towards the full tuition cost. Upon acceptance, your deposit is non-refundable.

All items must be clearly labeled and mailed to:

  • ATTN: Summer Program Coordinator
  • Drexel University
  • URBN Center #71-1A10C
  • 3501 Market Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104

How soon will you hear from us? All applications will be reviewed as we receive them and applicants will be notified within 3 weeks from receipt. Admissions decisions are based upon academic preparation and commitment to explore design. We will limit the program to approximately 16 students per concentration. We will mail an acceptance letter and an information package to you and your family with additional program information, and of course, more forms to complete. Enrollment is limited and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis upon review and acceptance of the application.

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The tuition of $1,300 includes:

  • Classes and lectures with Drexel faculty and networking with professionals in the music industry.
  • One lunch meal per day.
  • Supplies and materials.
  • Closing reception for students and parents.
  • Tuition does not include student health care coverage. All students must provide proof of insurance in order to enroll in the summer program.

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Michelle Manghise: In a career spanning more than two decades and as many continents, Michelle has worked with some of the world's most well-respected and influential songwriters, producers and recording artists.

Straight out of university, Michelle moved to Berlin (in what was then West Germany)to play bass in a true DIY-style punk band. After playing scores of low-paying (and often non-paying gigs!) throughout Europe, she decided to pursue a more serious industry career.

She moved to L.A. to intern at the then-fledgling indie publisher Bug Music, where she had the good fortune to work closely with (and manage the catalogs of) such legendary, iconic songwriters as Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Burnett, Marshall Crenshaw, John Hiatt, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams and Iggy Pop.

She went on to become U.S. Marketing Director for UK-based Fiction Management/Publishing/Records companies, where she helped to break alternative darlings, THE CURE, in America.

In the early 90's Michelle was hired to run the copyright, licensing and royalties divisions of Cherry Lane Music Group, whose interests included not only their publishing and print music companies but also their label (Guitar Recordings), magazine (Guitar Magazine) and video company (Cherry Lane Video Productions).

She was lured away from her indie, alternative roots into the corporate publishing world by the world's largest publisher, EMI Music Publishing to run their TV/Film Copyright Administration Department in NY. In this role, she represented the world-renowned catalogs of Lennon & McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Lou Reed and more contemporary artists including Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Goo Goo Dolls, PINK, Alicia Keys and producers Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, and Salaam Remi. She was also involved in EMI's acquisition of Berry Gordy's Motown song catalog containing over 15,000 copyrights, including 100 Number One hits. She also worked with TV/film composers including John Barry, creator of the famous James Bond themes and scores.

When EMI signed its landmark deal with STING, Michelle was transferred to EMI's London office to personally manage his copyrights and to serve as Head of Administration for the UK & Europe.Working closely with A&R, she managed the catalogs of Diane Warren, Peter Gabriel's WOMAD companies, Queen, Blur and many other high-profile clients. She also managed the acquisitions of the HIT & RUN catalog (Phil Collins) and WINDSWEPT-PACIFIC (the world's largest catalog acquisition as of that date, purchased for $200 million dollars and containing 40,000 copyrights).

Michelle returned to N.Y. to open the US office of UK-based, start-up indie publisher, Kobalt Music. As Sr. VP of Global Administration & Client Relations she helped to develop their innovative online administration and licensing platform. Kobalt's roster included such luminaries as Dr. Luke, EMINEM, Gwen Stefani, Desmond Child, Toby Keith, Barry Manilow and James Brown.

Michelle has also handled a number of independent projects for a variety of labels, publishers, managers and film producers.

Ryan Schwabe:After graduating from Drexel University in 2002 with a bachelors in Music and Audio Technology, Ryan Schwabe started his career in sound at Philadelphia’s Recording Studio Crash. As the staff engineer at Studio Crash he recorded such artists as John Legend, Gerald Veasley, Jaguar Wright and Monnette Sudler.

In 2003, he began his work as the Studio Designer and Manager for Drexel University's, MAD Dragon Studios in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. As Studio Manager, he is responsible for the construction, budgeting and design for all of the Music Industry program's recording facilities. He is also a faculty member in the Music Industry Program, teaches an audio production class called 'MAD Dragon Studios' and guest lectures on a myriad of other subjects. Along with his collegiate responsibilities, he is a voting member of the Grammys, a 'Producers and Engineers' wing committee member and a member of the board of Governors for the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Ryan Schwabe is a musician, producer, DJ, sound engineer, music programmer and upright bass player. He released his debut album 'Radio Recession' in 2009 with his then music partner, Taki76. As a music producer and engineer he has worked with Lady Miss Kier of Dee-Lite, Count Bass D, Bilal Oliver, Doodlebug of The Digable Planets, Hezekia and many other others.

He is also a Mastering engineer at The Maniac Mansion in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has worked with RJD2, King Britt, Hoots & Hellmouth, North Highlands, Algernon Cadwallader in addition to other local and international acts. Ryan Schwabe is also a guest lecturer at The Curtis Institute of Music.

Terry Tompkins: An Associate Teaching Professor of Music Industry at Drexel University. He is also the Managing Director of Drexel's Music Industry Program Entities which encompass MAD Dragon Records, MAD Dragon Publishing, Bantic Media, DraKo Booking and MADKO Concert Promotions.

Tompkins worked as a an A&R scout for Warner Music's Extasy Records and A&R consultant for Columbia Records, founded Big Fish Artist Management and Consulting and worked as Showcase Director for the Philadelphia Music Conference. Professor Tompkins has been published in the Music and Entertainment Educators Association Journal and the Journal of Instructional Pedagogies.

Darren Walters: Co-Owner and President of Jade Tree, a revered independent record label known for its caliber of talent, artistic vision and ethical business practices. Founded in 1990 by Mr. Walters and Tim Owen, Jade Tree has over 125 releases in its catalog from such luminary Artists as Jets to Brazil, Lifetime, The Promise Ring, Pedro the Lion and Strike Anywhere, among others. To date, Jade Tree has sold well over a million albums and continues to have significant impact in the industry where the label is well regarded and widely recognized as a trendsetter. Darren has traveled extensively; touring and attending conferences in the USA, Europe, South America and Asia. In 2011, Mr. Walters received a Fulbright-Hays grant and participated in a seminar abroad in Brazil where he studied the Brazilian music industry.

Darren began teaching as an Adjunct Professor in the Music Industry Program at Drexel in 2006 and full-time in 2007.

During this time, Darren has been instrumental in jump-starting the student-run Bantic Media artist services company and teaching core Music Industry program classes.

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Our Degree Program 

Drexel’s four-year music industry major combines both the business and technology aspect of the music field with continued study in the art of music. Students complete a well-rounded program beginning with courses in music theory, ear training, music history, orchestration and arranging, piano, songwriting, and world music. They continue with professional coursework in music business, recording industry operations, marketing management, recording, sound production, acoustics, and computer applications for music, complemented by continued liberal arts studies. The program features two three-month co-op experiences that allow students to work in the field and the opportunity to work for Drexel’s student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records; artist services company, Bantic Media, booking agency, Drako Concert Promotions; and publishing company, MAD Dragon Publishing.

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Apply online or use the PDF Application.

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Questions? Call 215-895-1834 or E-mail Tia James at

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