Summer is coming up and for college students that tends to mean internships (I say college because most programs require that the intern receive college credit for the internship). For high schoolers though, even if you can’t find an internship, it can still be a great time to learn more about the music industry and get some experience. Many colleges with music industry degree programs actually offer special summer programs about the industry geared to high school students. Participating in one is of course a great way to learn and meet other students with similar interests, but it can also be a great way to test out the programs and figure out if it is for you. So, over the course of the next few weeks I will be highlighting some great music industry summer programs from all over the country (maybe even a few outside of the U.S.). Today, because I’m admittedly a bit biased, I’ll be starting with my alma mater, Drexel University.
Music Industry Summer Program
Drexel has a fairly prestigious music industry undergrad program (and no this is not just my bias, it was ranked #3 in Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide). In the summer, it offers high school students the chance to to take three classes a day for a week with faculty from the program. Students can choose from courses in audio production, music business models, songwriting, audio engineering, publishing, or social media and marketing. The program ends with a reception that includes performances by the students and a music industry panel discussion.
The program is intended to be a commuter program but Drexel does offer short term summer housing in their dorms and that is an option for students who do not live nearby. The program costs $900 and includes lunch every day.
You can apply for the program here and find more info about it here .