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Class Description

Students will spend one week learning the ins and outs of working in a professional music studio environment. Whether students play a musical instrument, love to work with computer software, are master organizers, or have never even considered making music, they will all find themselves part of a team working towards a common goal – recording a song!  Students will write, record, and mix using a digital audio workstation (DAW); configure microphones to capture sound; create/plan the flow of a studio session, and learn the basics of releasing and promoting their work.

Learning Objectives: in this class, students will learn to…

  • Generate creative musical ideas through brainstorming and mind-mapping 
  • Plan, organize, and execute a studio session
  • Write, record, produce, and mix music using a digital audio workstation (DAW)
  • Learn to choose and operate microphones to capture the desired sound
  • Learn the basics of releasing and promoting art


  • iMac
  • iPad
  • Microphones
  • Audio Interface
  • Studio Monitors
  • Ableton Push
  • Basic Studio Gear (Headphones, Cables, Mic Stands, DI Boxes)
  • Instruments (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Vocals, Beat Pad, MIDI Controller)


  • Ableton Live 11
  • Logic Pro X
  • GarageBand

Deliverables: Students and Class Projects

  • Class Project – Write, record, and produce a through-composed musical piece.
    • Students may split into groups, depending on class size and skill level, with each group creating their own piece.
  • “Just Do It” Project – a short-form musical experiment created by students during one class period. 
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