Everyone knows the effect great music has on a crowd. Today's DJs are experts on the power of music to move people, and with the right knowledge that power can be yours. Our DJ program will take you through every step of what it takes to become a DJ, from the foundations of the genre to the most current and advanced techniques.
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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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    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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  • 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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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

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 2-part six-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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A technique-driven class for people who use Live already, but are looking to make professional quality electronic dance music. Where…
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Get started making music you love today. This is an overview class designed to get you making music with Ableton…
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Events At Slam Academy


Slam Academy kicks off it's new campus and venue with a very special workshop / listening session featuring Circus Company's Dave Aju!
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We will be not be having our regular open hours starting Monday, Dec. 21. We will reopen for regular open hours on Monday, Jan. 5th.

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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1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142
Minneapolis, MN. 55413
(612) 293-7526

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