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Performing Arts Technology Institute

Key Information

U-M Faculty Director:  Professor Jason Corey

July 20 - August 2, 2014

Priority Deadline: March 14 (closed for 2014 applications)



Now in its 20th year, the PAT Institute gives high school students the opportunity to work in the U-M state-of-the-art music technology and audio recording studios.  Through individualized creative projects, students learn the fundamentals of music technology and recording.  During the first week, students create original compositions that use MIDI and digital audio.  The second week focuses on advanced applications in music technology including sound design, film scoring, multi-track recording and production, and a collaboration with students in the Summer Dance Institute.  Both weeks will include theory classes with MPulse students in other sessions.  PAT student work is compiled, mastered, and presented on a website.  The two weeks culminate in a performance of student works.

Application Procedure

The application consists of three parts. (Applications are not complete until the application fee has been received.)

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Audition Upload


Portfolio (Upload)

Please upload each of the following criteria in separate files.

  1. Statement of past experience with music, technology, and/or music technology (approximately 250 words).
  2. Statement of the student’s expectation and/or desired outcomes (approximately 250 words).
  3. List of all music, mathematics and technology courses completed by the student, including corresponding grades.
  4. If applicable, a list of all music technology products (hardware and software) currently being used by the student.
  5. OPTIONAL: Upload an original composition or recording created by the student . If appropriate, include a score or lead sheet.

Confidential Recommendation (Teacher Upload)

(Optional) Ask at least one of your teachers (private music teacher, school music teacher, and/or technology teacher) to upload a confidential letter of recommendation for you. To invite a recommender, submit your recommender's email address, when prompted, on the audition upload link. Once you submit your audition (by selecting Final Submit), the recommender will receive a notification and link to use for sending your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Admission Notification

Priority deadline for all application/audition materials is March 14, 2014. Admission notifications for priority applicants will be e-mailed on March 28, 2014.   

Late applications may be accepted while space is available, however priority will be given to applications received by the priority deadline. Admission and notification after the priority deadline will be on a rolling basis.

Decisions will not be given by phone.

Tuition, Fees, and Scholarships


Please visit the Tuition, Fees and Scholarships page for more information.




The General Information page includes many important items.

"MPulse deeply immersed me in music with other excellent musicians, making it an experience that no other place can offer."
Matt, PAT 2013, OH
MPulse PAT Students MPulse PAT recording session MPulse PAT student at sound board MPulse PAT group 2 MPulse PAT studio work

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