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Music Industry Summer Program

July 9–13, 2018

For participants entering grades 11 through freshmen in college
This day program runs from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Extended hours from 4:30–6 p.m. for Creative Sessions and Project Research

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Hartt Community Division Music Industry Summer ProgramStudents engage in seminars consisting of music industry topics and music production techniques and methodologies through the completion of real-world service projects with local businesses and institutions. Students will work with a professional singer/songwriter to develop a custom piece of music to be recorded. Along the way, students will learn the business elements that go into facilitating the use of the song, including copyright issues, how the music will fit into a larger marketing campaign, and how the music will be packaged and distributed through physical and digital delivery systems. In afternoon sessions, students will work with professional producers and engineers as they learn the basics of how a song is constructed, how demos of the song are recorded, the basics of how microphones are used to record music, and mixing and mastering. The culmination of the week will include a presentation of the work to the partner institution with a feedback session from camp counselors, faculty, engineers, and artists.

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.

Creative Sessions and Project Research

Participants will have a chance at the end of each day to spend additional time working on an element of the project on their own. Students will have access to audio workstations with headphones as well as full access to resources and materials in the Allen Music Library to aid in their development of ideas.

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 KurtzProfessor 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)

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  • Shared double-occupancy dormitory room on the UHA campus

    University of Hartford dorms

  • Resident Advisor supervision (10:1)
  • Breakfast, boxed lunch, and dinner
  • Fresh linen package provided weekly
  • Use of laundry facilities in residence hall
  • Cable TV jack and WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free

Housing fees

  • 1-week housing: TBA

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 8, 2018; Check-out occurs on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Tuition and housing deposits are due upon registration, no later than May 15, 2018.

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