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  • 6054406775_ee54e847c9_mYoung Producer Summer Camp

    This innovative new program designed for students in 8th – 12th grades. The camp is one week long, from 10am to 2pm every day (Monday – Friday), taught by Ted Moore (MacPhail Center for Music, McNally Smith School of Music).

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  • AbletonTHE WORLD'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE ABLETON ONLINE PROGRAM

    Ableton Live is the premier production and performance software on the market. Our Ableton Live ONLINE Program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. Every student finishes with the ability to produce music in any genre, under any circumstances.
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  • Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 11.09.38 AMTHE NEW SLAM ACADEMY

    Our new location in the historic Waterbury building of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District is fully equipped with 3 teaching studios, a mastering suite, a synth room, a student lounge, and our 4 channel sound system, DJ booth, and accomdations for a full concert.

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  • push_04_72dpi_rgbTHE WORLD'S BEST INTERACTIVE ONLINE CLASSES

    Study Ableton Live with the world's best teachers and creators from anywhere. Our Interactive Online Classes include: 6 Months of classes, participate in class discussions in private forums, up to 3 hours of custom course videos, 2 hours of available lab time with the instructor using video chat per week, 1 homework assignment every week, and much more.
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  • CRLI-BOX-SOLID-CMYKTO CELEBRATE THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN SLAM ACADEMY AND CREATIVELIVE, We are OFFERING THREE AMAZING SCHOLARSHIPS TO OUR FLAGSHIP PROGRAMS.

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  • AbletonAll-inclusive training with today's best program.

    Ableton Live is the premier production and performance software on the market. Our Ableton Live Expert Program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. Every student leaves with the ability to produce music in any genre, and under any circumstances.

  • Sound DesignA Sound Design program that breaks that mold.

    In this program, you will be guided through everything you need to know to create incredible sounds from scratch. The course begins at the heart of sound creation with an in-depth study of the nature of both acoustic and electronic sound through analog and modular subtractive synthesis. 

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7/18/2016: To celebrate Slam Academy’s partnership with Splice.com, Slam Academy has released a free Ableton Live Soundpack, created by Slam Academy student Argales from Denmark.  FREE DOWNLOAD

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One of today's most innovative and…
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Education, Community, & Culture

Slam Academy of Electronic Arts is an educational program dedicated to creative excellence in digital music and media. With classes in Ableton Live, Sound Design, Synthesis, Beatmaking, DJing and more, our curriculum is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of students with a desire to be on the cutting edge of electronic music and art.

Upcoming Minneapolis Classes

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Slam Academy has a host of classes designed for the beginner - we call them our Intro Classes. Whether you want a fun night out, or the start of a new adventure, this is the place to start. Enroll Now!

   Ableton Program
Our Ableton Live Program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool.
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   Sound Design Program
At the end of this program, students will leave with a complete portfolio of sound design work: tracks, projects, synthesizer patches, and more.
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   DJ Program
With our 12-week DJ program you can learn to harness the power of your favorite tracks, creating your own performances with today’s cutting-edge music software.
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   Mixing & Mastering Program
In today’s competitive music industry, poorly mixed or mastered music gets lost in the fray. To stand out from the crowd, having the sonic clarity, punch and polish that is achieved through the processes of mixing and mastering is a must.
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newAbletonLogo    [FREE] Ableton Live Intro (Aug 24, 2016)
Get started making music you love today. This is an overview class designed to get you making music with Ableton…
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In Making Beats with Ableton Live, course designer and lead instructor James Patrick walks you through a variety of groove…
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Intro to Dance Music Production covers a wide range of professional techniques and workflows, all designed to turn your simple…
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Exploring the hands on, intuitive sampling workflows of classic drum sampler hip hop production, and how to achieve the sound,…
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In Sound Design 101, we will be uncovering each of the main elements of what it takes to be a…
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  Make your tracks stand out from the crowd. In today’s competitive music industry, poorly mixed or mastered music gets…
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In Sound Design 101, we will be uncovering each of the main elements of what it takes to be a…
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Intro to Dance Music Production covers a wide range of professional techniques and workflows, all designed to turn your simple…
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Upcoming Program Start Dates

Next Ableton Program: October 17, 2016

Next Ableton Online Program: October 5, 2016

Next Sound Design Program: October 25, 2016

Next DJ Program: August 10

Next Music Theory for Electronic Musicians Interactive: October 4, 2016

Next Mixing & Mastering Program: September 15, 2016

Events At Slam Academy


Slam Academy Presents: Ivo Ivanov (Glitch Machines) Free Workshop

Slam Academy is proud to present another free workshop with Glitchmachines founder, Ivo Ivanov, on Friday September 2.

In this 5th edition of Slam Academy's new Production Strategy Showcase series, Ivanov will discuss how he approaches his creative process and brings his musical visions to life. Ivo Ivanov is a seasoned sound designer, eletronic musician and educator with over 20 years of experience. He has worked with companies like Ableton, Twisted Tools, SoundMorph and K-Devices, and he has built circuit bent hardware instruments for artists such as Trent Reznor, Otto Von Schirach and Richard Devine.

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Electronic Music Community News

P r o c e s s Radio Show

Check out our new feature series “Process” which is Slam Academy's spotlight on producers. In each issue we look into the inspiration, creative process and unique approaches that drive our favorite producers.

Issue 07    Process, Issue 07: Stone
Our sixth edition of our Process series focuses on Stone. We had a chance to sit down with Stone recently to talk about his creative process, influences, and gear.
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Issue 06    Process, Issue 06: Dreamcasts
Our sixth edition of Process features Minneapolis artist Dreamcasts. After premiering his latest single on Nest HQ with Noxinbox, We caught up with the producer for an interview. Enjoy!
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Issue 05    Process, Issue 05: Now You Must Climb Alone
Our fifth installment of Process features producer Now You Must Climb Alone from Antigua, Guatemala. We had an opportunity to chat with him recently about his creative process.
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Process Issue 04    Process, Issue 04: Diatonic
In our fourth episode of our feature series "Profess", we shine the light on Minneapolis producer Diatonic. We had the opportunity to ask Matt a few questions about his work and creative process.
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Process Issue 03    Process, Issue 03: Patchley
This month we feature Tennessee producer Patchley. We had the opportunity to ask Patrick a few questions about his work. Download his guest mix and check out the tracklist below the interview.
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Process Issue 2    Process, Issue 02: Swimming TV
In our second episode of "Process," we feature German producer Swimming TV. We had the opportunity to ask Cyril a few questions about his work. Download his guest mix after the interview.
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Process Issue 01-2    Process, Issue 01: Timid Soul
Our first edition features Michigan Producer Timid Soul. We had the opportunity to ask Joey a few questions about his work. Download his guest mix and check out the tracklist below the interview.
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Ask us anything on your mind here. We will be more than happy to answer your questions about Slam Academy, classes, gear, ideas, what to have for lunch, or anything else. Ask away!

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