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K-12 Education

K-12 Education


The Georgia Tech School of Music offers various exciting educational opportunities for K-12 students. Read below for a list of all of the programs offered.
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The Pre-College Design Program

The Pre-College Design program for prospective music technology students consists of two-week workshops. Hosted by the College of Design, this program provides the opportunity to engage with our world-class faculty and current students, and give high-school students insight on what it is like to study music technology at the collegiate level.

The Music Technology Pre-College program explores ways we create and experience music. In addition to music production, we explore machine learning, music information retrieval systems, immersive audio environments, and performance technologies. We study the use of popular software and hardware in music creation, manipulation, and what future developments are on the horizon.

Each student will have the opportunity to create projects suitable for their own portfolio.

Child plays with the AirGlow instrument

STEAM Education at Georgia Tech

The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) is a unit within the Office of the Provost at Georgia Tech. CEISMC serves as the primary connection point between Georgia Tech faculty and students and the preK-12 STEM education community.

Annually, CEISMC programs impact more than 39,000 students, 1,700 teachers, 200 schools in over 75 school districts throughout the state of Georgia. CEISMC achieves this through research, intensive teacher professional development, advancements in pedagogy, school and community outreach, and sustainable partnerships. The unit works closely with public and private stakeholders to expand the reach of the Institute’s STEM education efforts in urban communities near Georgia Tech as well as those in rural school districts throughout the state of Georgia.

The creator of Hypercubes, Milk+Sizz, and his daughter create music with the hypercubes

Guthman and GoSTEAM

Each year, Georgia Tech hosts the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition - a showcase of some of the greatest innovations from the next generation of music technologists. What makes the competition so great is that everyone has the ability to see these inventions and help decide on a winner, even your students.

This year's faculty panel curated 26 semifinalists from 16 different countries. Your votes will help decide who advances to the competition's final round at the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta on March 11 and 12, 2022. Each submission contains a short video explaining and demonstrating the instrument, along with a description and/or webpage for more context.

GoSTEAM at Georgia Tech has created educational materials for K-12 students, allowing them to dive into the cutting edge advancements of the Music Technology field. Visit the links below to learn more about GoSTEAM & Guthman and to visit the Guthman Semifinalist Gallery.

Picture of typed code in the EarSketch platform


EarSketch is a free web-based platform to help students of all ages learn core topics in computer science, music, and music technology in a fun and engaging learning environment. EarSketch helps students learn to code in Python or JavaScript through manipulating loops, composing beats, remixing sounds, and applying effects to a multi-track digital audio workstation.

For lesson plans and age-based curricula, visit the Earsketch Teachers website linked below.

An image of the elecromagnetic piano, a finalist in the 2021 Guthman Competition

New York Times Lesson of the Day

The New York Times have featured five of the finalists from the 2021 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition in an article detailing the creative process involved in designing their instruments. Your students can view each of these instruments and engage in the corresponding lesson plan to reflect on what they have seen.