Adult Workshops

Slam Academy is dedicated to helping students of all ages discover musical expression and creativity. Whether you’re 18 or 55, live locally or are traveling from out of state, want to pursue music as a life-long activity or not, learning music technology is an astounding way to learn about technology, computers, collaboration, social skills, and countless other competencies.

For 2018, we’ve decided to bring back these weekend workshops, featuring the Adult DJ Workshop Weekend this fall, which is ideal for students who want to learn how to perform, beat-match, and get on stage; and the Adult Producer Workshop Weekend next spring, for students interested in learning how to make the music that they love listening to.

Adult DJ Workshop Weekend

Dates: 10/25/19 – 10/27/19
Times: 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday (lunch not included; break 1-2pm for lunch)
Cost: $499
Ages: 18 – no max. age
Location: Slam Academy Studios (NE Minneapolis: 1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Students will be taken through every step of what it takes to become a pro, from the foundations of the genre to the most current and advanced techniques. You will learn to beat and key match, manage the elements of the musical arrangement, understand musical tension and release cycles, and combine the right track types to create effective and powerful sets. The class will use Traktor, one of today’s most cutting-edge DJ performance tools. By the end of the class, you will be harnessing the power of your favorite tracks and ready to perform them live.

Adult Producer Workshop Weekend

Dates: 4/26/19 – 4/28/19
Times: 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday (lunch not included; break 1-2pm for lunch)
Cost: $499
Ages: 18 – no max. age
Location: Slam Academy Studios (NE Minneapolis: 1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Students will be walked through all of the fundamental concepts and practices of the modern producer. Starting with beat and loop-making, students will be quickly acclimated to the simple and fun workflows within the celebrated Ableton Live software environment. Once the groove is assembled, we will build upon our rhythms with basslines, melodies, harmonies and effects. The class completes with several tunes and a lesson about distributing them to the public via Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and more!