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Music Industry Summer Program

July 8–12, 2019

For participants entering grades 11 and 12, and first-year college students
This day program runs from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Registration Information

Hartt Community Division Music Industry Summer ProgramThrough a week-long, real-world service project, students engage in a recording project from conception to release, including developing a custom piece of music with a professional singer/songwriter. Students learn business elements, including copyright regulations, marketing campaign conception, and music packaging and distribution through physical and digital delivery systems. Students spend the afternoons working in the studio with professional producers and engineers, learning the basics of how to construct a song, record a demo, select the appropriate microphones, and the process of mixing and mastering. The week culminates in a presentation of their project to a partner institution, including feedback from program counselors, faculty, engineers, and artists.

Topics of instruction include:

  • Artist management
  • Copyright regulations
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Music marketing and distribution
  • How to record music in a professional studio
  • How to construct a song
  • Mixing and mastering

GUEST ARTIST: To Be Announced

A Day in the life

9 a.m. Arrival and Check-In
9:30–10:30 a.m. Music Business Workshop
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Guest Lecture
12–1 p.m. Lunch
1–4:30 p.m. Music Production Workshop
4:30–6 p.m. Creative Session and Project Workshop

Program Details

Music Industry Special Project

This is a special partnership with a local or regional institution. Students will work with a professional singer/songwriter to complete one piece of music from conception to completion throughout the week with hands-on workshops and guest lectures in music business and music production. The program will end with students’ presentation of the completed song to the partner institution.

Field Trip

Participants will complete a site visit of the partner institution. Transportation will be provided to/from the site. During this trip, workshop attendees will gain a better understanding of who they are helping and the scope of the impact their work will have on the success of the institution.

Music Business Workshops

  • Copyright
  • Marketing Music
  • Music Distribution and Publishing
  • Project Research
  • Project Wrap-Up and Presentation Prep

Music Production Workshops

  • Basics of Songwriting
  • Demo Development
  • Basics of Tracking and Recording
  • Mixing Music
  • Mastering and Presentation

About Our Faculty

Gabe Herman

Gabe Herman is an engineer who is as at home in audio post production for film and television as he is as a music producer and studio engineer. 

In music, Gabe has engineered and produced numerous recordings in a variety of genres spanning from classical ensembles to modern rock, contemporary world beat music, jazz, blues, R&B and more. His work has been broadcasted on national television, terrestrial and satellite radio, and his clients work has received outstanding reviews by critics associated with a myriad of publications including The New York Times, Billboard, JazzTimes, Downbeat and many others. He owns and operates AudioGabriel, a production house that features some of the largest and finest recording space and equipment in the New England area. To date, he has worked with a myriad of professional musical artists including Bill Kreutzmann (The Greatful Dead), Mike Gordon (Phish), G-Love, JoJo, John Medeski, Macy Gray, Chen Yi, and Nat Reeves, as well as countless notable local, regional and international artists.

Mehmet DedeMehmet Dede is a music presenter, arts consultant and educator. Throughout his 20-plus years career in music, he has produced hundreds of concerts and event series, contributing to international music's growing presence in the US. Fueled by New York’s energy and its diverse communities, his passion for introducing and breaking new artists lead him to collaborations with seminal American institutions Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage, the Town Hall, the Public Theater and the Kennedy Center in DC and many more.

Justin KurtzJustin Kurtz holds undergraduate degrees in linguistics and music, and a master’s in sound recording from McGill University. He has worked as a recording engineer for the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta. From 1998-2000, Justin held the position of music technologist at the University of Ottawa, teaching courses in acoustics and music technology. In 2001, Justin relocated to New England to teach at The Hartt School and in 2009 was appointed program chair of the department of music production and technology. His company, Laurel Hill Recording, specializes in location recording of classical and acoustic music. Past and current projects include recordings for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, jazz artist Noah Baerman, choral group Archangel Voices, and composers Chen Yi and Jennifer Higdon. His projects have appeared on labels including Naxos, Albany, and Innova records.


  • Registration fee: $25
  • Tuition: $850 (includes all instruction and materials)

Registration Information


Park River dorm


  • Suite-style apartments designed to house four students in two-double occupancy dorm rooms on the UHA campus
  • Each apartment is fully furnished and contains a living room, kitchen (including fridge), bedrooms, and a bathroom
  • Living room furniture consists of two couches, a coffee table, and a dining table set for four. Bedroom furniture consists of a bed, desk, desk chair, and a dresser.
  • Resident Advisor supervision (8:1)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fresh linen package provided weekly
  • Professional cleaning once per week
  • Use of laundry facilities
  • WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free

Park River dorm

Park River dorm


  • 1-week housing: $900

Housing fees include double occupancy room, three meals per day, and fresh linens weekly.

Housing fees listed above are in addition to program tuition fees.

Check-in occurs on Sunday, July 7, 2019; Check-out occurs on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration, no later than May 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or