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Electronic Music Pre-College Camp

This immersive experience is designed for students interested in STEAM activities focusing on music, incorporating electronics, music, art, and environment. It will feature field recording, building synthesizers, audio editing, and collaboratively creating an interactive sound sculpture. 

Our program allows students to learn from and collaborate with passionate professionals in the new music field and will inspire campers to discover new creative interests in technology. The class is built on the foundations and resources of Manhattan College's Sound Studies program, a unique music program that intersects the science, technologies, performance, and social studies of music. Students will be involved in interdisciplinary creative skill-building with technologies, giving them 21st-century skills necessary for college and career readiness. 

The Camp is on Manhattan College’s campus, conveniently located in New York City. Campers have complete access to Manhattan College, including our classrooms, audio labs, and library. The Camp serves students in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

The Camp program runs from Monday, August 5, to Thursday, August 8, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Click this link to join one of our upcoming information sessions to learn more about each program our program.


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How much does the Camp cost?

    Check our tuition fees below. If you plan to live on campus, review our residential add-on option below.

    Does the Camp offer financial aid?

    Our camp offers several options to support parents with their financial situations. Please get in touch with us to discuss your financial case.

    Where is the Camp located?

    We are located in Riverdale, west of Van Cortlandt Park. Our Camp is conveniently located one and a half blocks from the NYC subway (#1 train at 242nd Street) and close to several major highways. All children will stay on campus.

    Can we visit the Camp before signing up?

    We are not running in-person camp visits. Please join our virtual meetings to learn more about our Camp.

    What is security and safety like at the Camp?

    Security and safety are our top priorities in Camp. Our camp faculty will accompany participants at all times times.

    What should participants wear to the Camp?

    Campers should wear comfortable shoes. Sneakers are highly recommended—no flip-flops or Crocs.

    Who makes up the camp staff?

    Our camp staff comprises professionals with experience in education, Manhattan College faculty, and Manhattan College students may also support daily activities.

    Does the camp offer field trips?

    All the activities and classes will be on campus and in our Manhattan College labs. 

    Can I cancel my child’s registration?

    The registration fee is non-refundable. If you have paid for Camp and, for some reason, you decide not to continue coming, please email us at, and we can discuss your situation.

    Does the Camp provide lunch and snacks?

    Unless the participant is registered to our add-on residential option living on campus, we do not provide lunch or snacks to participants.

    Do you provide housing?

    Yes, we do. We provide a residential add-on option, which includes on-campus housing, three meals at our cafeterias, and fun extracurricular activities.

Activity Descriptions:

This camp session will help students —regardless of their familiarity with audio technology—build basic knowledge in circuitry and electronic music techniques and explore environmental sounds as music. 

The first part of the course will focus on environmental listening. From there, students will learn field recording and how to turn environmental sounds into digital music. Workshop sessions will also introduce DIY electronics, with participants building their own photoresistor synthesizer (a synth that responds to light!) and learning basic circuitry and signal flow.

Participants will then build an interactive sound garden with their handmade synths and sounds, which friends and family can play in their final exhibition and presentation. 

Program Dates in 2024

Monday, August 5 - Thursday, August 8, 2024

Faculty: Suzanne Thorpe, Ph.D.

Tuition Fees

Tuition: $1,200

Registration fee: a $100 non-refundable fee must be paid when registration is submitted.


  • Certificate of completion
  • Classes
  • Class materials
  • Manhattan College gift



Participants provide their lunch unless they are registered to the residential add-on option.

Residential Add-On

If you plan to stay at our dorms, have full meals at our cafeterias, visit iconic NYC places, and have a campus experience, check out our weekly residential add-on here.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help you every step of the way. Email us at