Paris, France

Summer Contemporary Music Creation + Critique

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Information for term Summer Contemporary Music Creation + Critique

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 1 – 30, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 4 semester hours / 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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If you’ve got a passion for composition, this four-week Parisian adventure will be music to your ears. Learn from the experts at the world-famous IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou, recognized for experimental composition and research, with a unique three-step curriculum sure to take your skills to the next level. Top it off with celebrated musical festival and travel to Brittany.

Unique Experiences

  • Learn from and collaborate

    with IRCAM students, composers, researchers, scholars, and visiting performers.

  • Master cutting-edge electronic

    composition software – then enjoy a year of access to IRCAM’s software database back home.

  • Connect with celebrated artists

    and composers at the IRCAM ManiFESTE music festival.

  • annual visitors to the Notre Dame cathedral

  • monuments throughout the city

  • trees line Parisian streets


Location & Culture

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If you’re looking to spend time in one of the world’s most prominent centers of culture, finance, and commerce, you’ll find it in Paris. The capital of France – and the country’s most populous city – Paris is a top tourist destination and will make you fall in love with its historic landmarks, exquisite dining, and charming architecture. Paris has hosted two Summer Olympics and two FIFA World Cups, and each year the city hosts the final stage of the Tour de France bicycle race.

The Culture


  • Attend concerts, conferences, exhibitions, and happenings around multi-media and new music technology and composition, during IRCAM’s ManiFESTE festival.
  • Travel to Brittany for a weekend to discover the musical heritage of this legendary region.
  • Savor time in the studio, patching, sound sculpting, composing, and more.

Daily Life

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    Homestay: With a limited number of homestays, some students live with French families in Paris.

    Apartment or residence hall: Students share double-occupancy space with one other student with access to a shared kitchen.


    Homestay: Hosts provide breakfast and five meals a week.

    Apartment or residence hall: Students are responsible for all meals; housing is near markets, shops, and cafes.

Paris, France

Where You'll Study

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    Next to the Centre Pompidou in the Marais district in central Paris.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This unique summer program takes place at the world-renowned Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). Founded in 1977, IRCAM is devoted to research and experimentation in music composition, acoustic performance, and technological modification of sound.

IRCAM conducts ground-breaking research in acoustic and computer technology. Promoting new works and new composers under the aegis of the Centre Pompidou, IRCAM also provides intensive instruction to a select handful of graduate students.

All classes in this program take place at IRCAM, and students have full access to all facilities, including the library and mediathèque, as well as all ManiFESTE activities. Students participate in three components:

  • First Steps: An intensive two-week course focusing on the MAX/MSP music application that helps students create patch sound samples and voice modulation; Audiosculpt and OpenMusic are also introduced.
  • Culture of Music Creation: Connect the art and critique of sound with concerts and events at the ManiFESTE festival at IRCAM.
  • Académie: A two-week training to learn other IRCAM composition software and an exploration of how renowned visiting composers use it.


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    Most classes include only CIEE students. Master classes and some Académie classes include both CIEE students and other international students.


    Students are graded based on composition exercises and a final evaluation for the composition software phases of the program. Written work in Culture and Critique of Composition section is averaged into composition exercises and final work.


    MAX/MSP and overview classes blend theory and practice. Students are gathered in small groups for exercises and “patches” designed to bring together topics covered in sessions. With the simultaneous ManiFESTE and Académie concert series, and opportunities to interact with other composers, IRCAM provides a unique forum for new music composers.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    Completion of or proof of enrollment in an introductory level course in electronic music that touches on Max/MSP. Fluency in Macintosh OS X environments. Familiarity with a sequencer program such as Pro Tools or Logic Audio. Familiarity with a sound editor like Peak. A letter of motivation.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 4 semester/6 quarter credits.

Students complete one required 4 U.S. semester credit course, comprised of 76 contact hours during three components of this program:

  • Learning MAX/MSP, Audiosculpt, and OpenMusic - 36 hours over two weeks.
  • Culture of Music Creation, ManiFESTE Music Festival - 12 hours dispersed throughout the program.
  • Overview at IRCAM, including continued work on IRCAM electronic software, lectures and encounters with invited Académie composers, rehearsals, and hands-on work - 36 hours over two weeks.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to French culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


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End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2019 4 weeks Deadline Passed Jun 1, 2019 Jun 30, 2019
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $4,523 **

Housing = $1,160 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $6,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $600

International Airfare = $1,450

Local Transportation = $125

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $750

Total Estimated Costs = $2,975

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes breakfast and lunch daily

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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