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High School Introduction to Electronic Music Camp

Get started composing your own electronic music in this fun camp for high school students.

June 20-24, 2022

Designed for high school students who are new to music software applications and music composition, the Introduction to Electronic Music Camp introduces students to audio engineering and electronic music composition through experiential learning.

What will you learn?

  • Camp faculty will work closely with each student to learn concepts and skills related to electronic music production, including songwriting with software applications, music theory and keyboard skills, structuring and using digital instruments and effects, and how to use physical audio equipment as a foundation for creating electronic music.
  • In every class, students will work hands-on to develop an understanding of the concepts underlying modern music technology.
  • By the end of the camp they will have composed their own original song or ringtone using music software. 
  • Students will also be engaged in hour-long seminars offered by media specialists at the D.H. Hill Library or faculty from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on various topics and learning objectives involving music and technology.
If you have a music theory background and already compose your own electronic music using software applications, check out our Electronic Music Production Camp for a deeper dive.

Sample schedule

TimeActivity
8:30-9:00Drop off
9:00-10:15Playing software instruments; making a beat using Garageband
10:15-11:30Keyboard skills and music theory
11:30-12:45Lunch
1:00-2:00Daily project-based learning (e.g. how to make a speaker, sound engineering, etc.)
2:00-4:30Fundamentals of recording; microphones and mixers
4:30-5:00Free time/pick up

Electronic music camp students will also be engaged in hour-long seminars offered by media specialists at the D.H. Hill Library on various topics and learning objectives involving technology.

Who is it for?

Our camps are open to rising freshman through rising seniors in high school.

The introductory electronic music camp is perfect for students interested in:

  • Learning how technology impacts the ways we create, produce and consume music.
  • Composing their own electronic music using Garageband and other software and hardware tools.
  • Increasing their knowledge of music theory in order to become better songwriters or composers.

The instuctors were very kind and helpful. I enjoyed having an instructor who understood that the important thing with music technology was creating something that was interesting to each individual and not just learning what all of the buttons did.

2019 camp participant

Students wearing headphones work on electronic music compositions in a computer lab equipped with music keyboards and midi controllers.

Faculty & Staff

Director of Camps

Chris Branam

Lecturer | Director of Music Camps | Conductor of Symphonic Band | Pep Band Co-Director

Camp Instructors

Coming soon.

Registration

A limited number of spaces are available so please register early.

How to register

Registration is open January 1 through June 1 or until all spaces are filled.

You will need to create a Brickyard account in our Reporter system in order to register for the camp. Visit the Reporter parent account guide for setup instructions.

Cost and dates

$400 per camper
Includes lunch, camp t-shirt, instruction, supplies and activities.

June 20-24, 2022
8:30 a.m. drop off | pickup between 4:30-5:00 p.m. each day

What to bring

Raleigh is typically hot during the month of June (avg. high 89*F). All NC State buildings will have air conditioning for the duration of camp, but some activities and transitioning between sessions will be outdoors.

  • Comfortable clothes (shorts and t-shirts) and closed-toe shoes for walking around campus
  • Light jacket/sweatshirt for cool indoor spaces
  • Rain gear for inclement weather
  • Water bottle
  • Pens/pencils and notebook
  • Backpack
  • Media storage device such as a USB thumb drive

Please make sure all of your belongings are marked with your name, address, and school.