The Music for All Music Production Boot Camp curriculum is an immersive music production experience for high school students. Participants will study with award-winning recording engineers and producers in a state-of-the art facility. The Production Boot Camp experience is total immersion and hands-on production. Work with professional musicians and recording engineers as they record, mix, and master a production.

In a 10,000 square feet, state-of-the-art facility, students learn acoustics and recording techniques for electric and acoustic instruments. You will gain production skills for multiple genres such as Hip Hop, RnB, Rock, Jazz, and classical recordings. Make your own beats and produce your own mixes with professional guidance. Learn the basics of the industry standard Pro-Tools at an AVID certified institution.

Learn Pop and Rock theory from University-level songwriting and theory instructors. Learn the social media and marketing skills that will give you the edge in promoting your projects.

This is a no-compromise, immersive experience. You will have an unparalleled amount of practical experience and studio time.

  • Gain production skills
  • Produce your own beats
  • Work side by side with professionals
  • Do hands-on recording sessions with pro musicians
  • Learn to record and mix
  • Work with the finest gear available

Participant Expectations/Preliminary Selection
This is the summer experience for you if you have strong ambitions in music production and recording. You should already have done some home recording with your computer and know the basics of producing your music on your DAW. If you write songs, you should have some recordings of them and ideally know how to write them out in a lead sheet form.

How to Apply

To apply, register at When you select Music Production Boot Camp division, you’ll be asked to submit:

1. Samples of previous recordings and productions
2. A brief description of your work and ambitions
3. A completed questionnaire

Since we want to ensure ample studio time for every student, the total number of participants is limited.

Apply as early as possible to ensure a spot.

Packing List/Final Performance Attire

Packing List

All students, regardless of division, should
bring the following items:

  • Comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes for walking around campus
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket for cooler weather
  • Rain gear for inclement weather (jacket, poncho, or umbrella)
  • Personal toiletries (bath soap, tooth brush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Towels and washcloths. Sheets, pillow, pillowcases, and blanket are provided by Ball State Housing
  • Sunglasses, hat, water bottle, and SUNSCREEN
  • Backpack, a spiral notebook, and pens/pencils

Optional: money or debit card for incidental purchases such
as souvenirs, snacks, etc. $50-$80 recommended.

In addition to these items, music production students must also bring:

  • Comfortable attire (shorts, jeans, and shirts): please note that you will be in air conditioning for the majority of your day.
  • Notebooks and writing utensils
  • While not required, you are encouraged to bring your laptop to be able to revisit some of the learned concepts on your own time. Fully equipped computer labs are available if you do not bring your own laptop.

Final Performance Attire

  • Blue jeans
  • Black, collared shirt (polo or button-down shirt)
  • Black socks
  • Black, closed-toe shoes.

Music Production Boot Camp Faculty

Christoph Thompson

Division Coordinator

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