Cool Stuff To Do This Hot Summer

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Summer Camps, programs, and more begin in July and August

We are feeling the heat now in Minneapolis, so here are some great opportunities to cool off with us inside.

Youth Camps ~ Sound Design ~ Hip Hop Producer ~ Open House ~ Free Classes

For the summer of 2018 we’ve expanded our summer offerings to include two camps: first, the Young Producer Summer Camp, which has been successful for the last 5 years, and is ideal for students interested in learning how to make the music that they love listening to; and new this year: the Young DJ Summer Camp, for students who want to learn how to perform, beat-match, and get on stage.

Young DJ Summer CampDates: 7/16/18 – 7/20/18

Young Producer Summer CampDates: 8/6/18 – 8/10/18

Time: 10am-2pm Monday-Friday

Cost: $499 (lunch Included)

Ages: 8th – 12th Grades

Location: Slam Academy Studios (1121 NE Jackson Street, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413) 

Our Sound Design Program starts July 10th, for those that want to dive deep into synthesis. 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…

State Date: July 10

Time: 7-10pm, every Tuesday

Software Requirements: Ableton Live Suite software

Prerequisites: Ableton Live Program or intermediate knowledge of a DAW

Our Hip Hop Producer Program begins August 15th. If you are already a producer, but looking for that edge that will make your beats pro, this is it. This course is designed for MCs & producers looking to dig in and succeed with their craft. If you want to sell your beats, collaborate, and dominate the field –  you need to be working alongside someone already doing it. Enter Greg Grease, DJ Adatrak, and the Slam Academy Hip Hop Producer Program.

Start Date: August 15

Time: 7 – 10pm, every Wednesday

Software Requirements: any DAW

Prerequisites: None

Join us for our Open House – Saturday, July 21, 3-5pm. If you were ever wondering what goes on at Slam Academy, this is a perfect opportunity to check us out! Why should you come? Read this: 5 Great Reasons to Attend an Open House

FREE Classes! What a better way to cool down than to enjoy a 2 hour class full of valuable information in our nice air conditioned performance hall, meet “cool” people, and get free stuff.Intro to Sound Design | 7/3/18 | 7-9pm

Intro to Electronic Music | 7/21/18 | 1-3pm

Into to Hip Hop | 8/8/18 | 7-9pm

Intro to Ableton Live | 8/9/18 | 11am-1pm & 7-9pm

Intro to Electronic Music | 8/21/18 | 7-9pm



A Day at SoundSet: How Music Affects Us

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By Grace Wethor (Guest Blogger, Slam Academy Student)

For me personally, music wasn’t just something that I enjoyed; I truly believe it saved my life. As a 16 year old currently fighting a brain tumor, music is one of the only things that brings me relief. Mixing beats on my laptop and attending festivals quickly became my way of forgetting about the MRIs and doctors’ appointments.

Growing up in Minnesota, I struggled to find peers that felt the same connection to music that I did. Then one day I found Slam Academy. I called my mom and we drove right there. Seeing a space where everyone was creative and felt that same draw to music was incredible for me. I instantly knew I had found a new place I fit in and a place to further my education of music.

A couple months ago, I set out on a journey to spread this positive influence that music had had on me. Knowing how much it helped me personally, I had to spread my form of music therapy with others. Seeing what a positive influence music festivals and places like Slam Academy had, I knew it had to be spread far and wide to anyone who would listen. When I found out I had the opportunity to attend SoundSet Festival in my hometown, I knew it was the perfect time to dig deeper into my questions about why music made me feel the way it did.

Grace pictured with Jaden Smith     

Grace’s view from backstage of Jaden Smith’s performance

This year’s line up featured artists such as Tyler The Creator, Jaden Smith, Migos, Logic, and more.

When walking into SoundSet, I instantly felt the vibe that I had felt when I first walked into Slam Academy. It is an overwhelming feeling of acceptance, positivity, and support. No one cared what illness you were dealing with, how many followers you had, or what you looked like. Even if it was just for one day, that entire day we were all just humans connecting and listening to music. There is something magical about that.

While there I got to catch up with some of the artists and talk to them about the impact music and festivals such as SoundSet have on them. They all agreed that music had saved their lives in one way or another. (Plus they all loved Minnesota, haha.)

Seeing everyone come together and bond over their love of DJs and Hip Hop artists was truly an amazing experience. To allow young people from Minnesota to experience music at this level is an amazing resource for them to feel connected to the artists they love and have time to just be. And in today’s day and age, I think it is really important to let go sometimes and just be. I’ve definitely learned a lot more over my years of pursuing music and love the feeling I get when I play a new track I’ve mixed, but there is nothing that compares to the feeling of seeing thousands of people singing together and jumping around. SoundSet is definitely a magical experience! I recommend everyone to attend, even once in their life, if possible. I also believe in the influence of understanding music more in depth and learning about what goes into your favorites artist work. And you never know, music may save your life too.



To learn more about SoundSet:

Slam Academy offers a 12-week DJ Program, starting Wednesday, June 13, 2018:
Check out the free intro class, Wednesday, June 6, 2018:

View all programs:

Inside Look at Studio A @ Slam Academy

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Classroom by Day… Performance Hall by Night

Slam Academy is a multimedia art and music studio located in Minneapolis, and Studio A – Performance Hall gets a lot of use for various different events and training.  The space hosts events in many disciplines, including live music by national and international talents, classes, lessons, and open studio time every week. The space includes a generous four-corner sound system and plenty of space to experiment with light, sound and images. When it isn’t being used as a classroom or a venue, you will often find our faculty hanging out there, working on their own music.


Studio A is our newly renovated space. It has a full range 3-way PA with custom 21″ bass bins stacked high, video projection, and seats about 45 people. The main room is used to host our larger classes, workshops, and special events. Studio A is a full-fledged performance venue, complete with a 4 channel, 3 way sound system, full DJ booth, and accommodations for an entire band.

One of the favorite features of Studio A is the recurring event every Friday from 4-6pm called OPEN DECKS.  This is an opportunity for prospective and current students to play on the 3-way PA system, whether it’s for practice or just a chance to show off some new skills, and get a sense of what it would be like at a real club venue.

Open Decks March 9 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Open Decks March 16 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Also every Friday in Studio A, from 6-10pm, is a recurring event called Slam Jam.  This is an opportunity for featured guest artists to perform for a live streaming event.  If you would like to request a booking for a Slam Jam set, please send an email to [email protected].  Check out a recent Slam Jam set by Tanya Leigh.

Slam Academy also provides [FREE] introductory classes held at Studio A for students that are curious about our training and programs.

[FREE] Intro to Electronic Music March 10 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
[FREE] Intro to Electronic Music March 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Come check out Studio A today and schedule a tour!  Or attend our next Open House!