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Performing Arts Technology (PAT) Institute

All updated information and applications for 2017 MPulse Institutes will be posted in mid-November.


Key Information

U-M Faculty Director:  Professor Jason Corey



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
  • Online Audition/Portfolio 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 (approx. 250 words.)
  2. Statement of the student's expectation and/or desired outcomes (approx. 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 uploading your confidential recommendation. E-mailed submissions will not be accepted.



"My two weeks at MPulse were probably the best of my life. I grew so much as a musician, got to learn from and work with some of the best, and made some really great friends."
Thomas, PAT 2014, NC
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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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower