• "Once I started in Sound Design, I realized that THIS was electronic music."

    Chase Montgomery, Sound Design Program, Ableton Program, DJ Program

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  • "The teachers at Slam manage to make some of the most difficult sound engineering concepts become an incredibly easy hands on experience. I feel like there isn‘t anything they couldn’t teach someone here"

    – BAARD (Mike Johnson), Ableton Program, Sound Design Program, Mixing & Mastering program

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  • "I feel like I’m walking out of this class with exactly the tools I need to finish projects."

    David Wasserman, Mixing & Mastering Program

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Slam Academy was founded in 2012 by a group of producers and DJs that wanted to share their craft with their community. We provide fast-paced, high-quality, and affordable educational experiences in the digital arts. Learn music production, DJing, Sound Design, and more with the professionals. Either online or in person at our Minneapolis campus, get started in a program today.

Student Profiles

Our students are performing all over the world. Check out a few performances and interviews some of our most recent students.


Programs are available in Minneapiolis or Online.




These programs let you work directly with our Ableton Certified Instructors using a combination of live online lessons, video chat, project reviews, and exclusive video access.

Search our library of award-winning on-demand classes. Each class you enroll in here has an average of 20 hours of video content, a money-back guarantee, and instant access. Get started learning right away with these amazing classes, which over 35,000 students are already using.


Slam Academy hosts instructors that are playing gigs, working with clients, and producing albums. Here is a taste of just a few of our instructors.

James Patrick

James Patrick

Instructor, Ableton Live & Sound Design

15-year DJ and music producer, co-founder of Slam Academy, and Ableton Certified Trainer; James Patrick is a sound artist who thrives on bringing together the creative energy and ideas of his community.

King Karnov

King Karnov

Instructor, Hip-Hop Production Program

King’s recent work includes tracks with Dr. Dre, Toki Wright, Busta Rhymes, I Self Devine, Snoop Dogg, GZA, 88 Keys featuring Kanya West, Bishop Lamont, and many many more.

Nostalgia (Andrew Hill)

Nostalgia (Andrew Hill)

Instructor, DJ Program

Bursting on to the scene back in 2010 with his bootleg remix of "Muse - Knights of Cydonia", Nostalgia has been relentless with his composition of epic and heroic anthems ever since.

J. Anthony Allen

J. Anthony Allen

Instructor, Music Theory Program

J. Anthony Allen is a PhD in music, and adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas. He is a co-founder of Slam Academy, and a Grammy-Recognized educator.

Bionik (Stefon Taylor)

Bionik (Stefon Taylor)

Instructor, Recording Arts Program

Over the course of his career, Taylor has worked with classic and contemporary artists. He’s made singer/songwriter John Martyn‘s voice sound like a horn, hip-hop trio Far East Movement’s first single a radio smash, and rapper Ice-T’s lyrics chopped and screwed.

Hello Psychaleppo (Zimo)

Hello Psychaleppo (Zimo)

Instructor, Music Unite Minneapolis

Hello Psychaleppo is the electronic music project of the young Syrian producer Samer Saem Eldahr (AKA Zimo). He uses melodies of the Arab bedouin “Mawwals” and the ecstatic strains of tarab, and threads it through convoluted, industrial structures made from dubstep, drum & bass, electro and trip-hop.

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