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Slam Academy visits Denver

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Slam Academy hosted the Denver Ableton Live User Group at The Black Box on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 with over 100 attendees present at the event, including music production demonstrations by Mr. Bill (Slam Academy Denver), Serafin Sanchez (Ableton), and James Patrick (JP; Slam Academy Minneapolis), with musical performance by DKO, Darren Kramer.

This was Slam Academy’s very first event in Denver, Colorado.  Denver is a city that Slam Academy has admired since the beginning, and now, exciting opportunities to participate in the development of the electronic music production community for the first time is underway. The Black Box is Denver’s premiere Electronic Music venue and Slam Academy couldn’t have been more excited for a better place to host an advanced music production workshop. Slam Academy has been hosting Ableton User Groups in Minneapolis for the past 6 years, and the community of Denver was very welcoming.

“One of the biggest secrets to our success is that we help people find the joy of developing their own sound” said James Patrick as he began his presentation on sound design. The packed room paid close attention to all presenters as they each offered something unique and different.

Slam Academy also paid a visit to a local, non-profit youth music mentorship program called Youth on RecordYouth on Record inspires at-risk youth to see the potential for a better life. Upon arriving, Slam Academy was greeted by YOR Teaching Artist, Mona Magno, who provided an informational tour about the programs. Youth on Record empowers Colorado’s under-served youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators. Becoming a monthly donor or donating to their wish list really helps to support the organization.

In addition, Slam Academy also got to pay a visit to Mr. Bill’s personal recording studio.  Mr. Bill, a producer and artist based in Denver, provides Ableton Live tutorials about the ins and outs of Ableton’s devices.  From beginner users to advanced, Mr. Bill offers something for everyone. He will show you tricks, helpful functions and many other fancy things. Be sure to check out the sample pack bundles and collections.

Slam Academy will be starting an Ableton Live program in Denver that launches March 4, 2019. The Ableton Live program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. It will meet every Monday from 7pm-10pm (MST) at The Black Box. For more information on enrollment, please contact Slam Academy Denver @ 720-772-1483 or email us at [email protected].

Mary (Director of Student Affairs) & Tanya (Recruitment Specialist) welcoming & enrolling students

Serafin Sanchez (DEN AUG host & Ableton rep) diving deep into the various features of Ableton

Musical performance featuring Ableton Live by DKO, Darren Kramer (co-host of the DEN AUG)

Teaching assistants, enrolled & prospective students are all engaged in the presentation

JP (CCO & Slam Academy co-founder) amazes the crowd with some sound design techniques

Full house @ the Black Box attentively watching JP’s presentation

Stay tuned for Slam Academy’s full program offerings to be introduced at our new Denver campus over the coming months / year(s)!

Spreading the word of Slam Academy and more; My role as Special Projects Manager

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By Kyle Goodrich (Guest Blogger, Slam Academy Instructor / Staff / Alum)

If you’ve ever spent time at our main campus in Minneapolis, it’s very likely that you don’t need a formal introduction to who I am, but for those of you who haven’t, I will gladly give you a quick one. My name is Kyle Goodrich (Kyle King), I am an instructor at Slam Academy, a DJ, sound designer, engineer, producer, and almost every other kind of audio work I’ve dabbled in at some point over the last 15 or so years working in music. I also am a former student of Slam Academy, having taken the Ableton Live, Sound Design, and Mixing & Mastering Programs throughout 2016 – 2017.

My role now has become the Special Projects Manager at Slam Academy and while that might sound like a very “business” oriented role, I’m really just someone who very strongly believes in the mission of Slam Academy and wants to connect with as many people as possible to make sure that we can get out to more and more students and help them achieve their goals of making great music!

Recently we’ve worked with the Department of Defense Education Activity on a project that involved all of the executives at Slam helping train teachers who are working at schools near military bases and are going to be teaching Ableton to those students whose parents are part of our armed forces. I actually can relate a lot to those kids, as someone who was an army brat myself, I think that this is an extremely noble cause, and I am quite jealous of the kids who are getting this opportunity to learn music production!

Myself and Tanya Lano (Recruitment Specialist at Slam) also got to spread the word of Slam Academy at The Commons in downtown Minneapolis right outside of US Bank stadium this past summer! It was a beautiful day outside, and the music was a perfect compliment to the day. There were food trucks, outdoor games, and a nice big park for people to relax and spend the last fleeting days of summer, as the Minnesota winter slowly begins to take over.

Also, a collaboration between Slam Academy and the Adoption Is Love foundation took place where one of our wonderful TAs, Mike Johnson (Baard) worked with a young woman who wrote a song dedicated to her biological mother entitled “First Mom” and I got to do the mixing and mastering for the track! It was a very heartfelt song and was such a joy to work on. Both Tanya and I will be at the rotunda in the Mall of America on Saturday October 6th [with the Adoption Is Love Walk at Mall of America]. Stop by to hear the song, support the event, and also say hello to us!

There is more in the works and just keep your eyes out for more events!

If you’re interested in getting Slam Academy involved in your event, or if you want to work with me and help get Slam out to more people, please feel free to email me at [email protected] and let’s get in touch!

 

Editor’s Note: Between Tanya, Kyle, and the rest of the staff at Slam Academy we have been fortunate to participate with these organizations and their events. Beyond those listed above, Slam Academy also works closely with Beats by Girlz and She Rock She Rock, hosting many of the organizations’ workshops, classes, and events in our main studio (A: Performance Hall). Tanya will also be involved in this fall’s Performance and Visual Arts Fair! The fair will be held at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm. We encourage everyone to stop by, say hi, and learn more about Slam!

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)

https://slamacademy.com/youth-camps/ 


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

https://slamacademy.com/sound-design-program/


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

https://slamacademy.com/hip-hop-program/


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

 

 

Able10 – Live 10 Release Party Great Success

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On a crisp and cold day in Minneapolis, MN, things were brewing up hot inside at Able Seedhouse & Brewing for the Able10 – Live 10 release party celebration held on Sunday, February 18.  The event was hosted by Ableton aficionado, Brian Botkiller, in addition to Minneapolis Ableton Live User’s Group and Slam Academy (an Ableton Certified Training Center and multimedia art and music studio). Ableton released of the version 10 software on February 6th, 2018.

Many enthusiasts gathered at the brew house to check out all the new features that have been introduced to Live, including four new devices called Wavetable (synthesizer), Echo (delay), Drum Buss (shape the sound of your drums), and Pedal (character of analog stomp boxes).  The new Capture feature allows you to put your spontaneous ideas together without having to press record.  You can also edit multiple MIDI clips in tandem to take better control of your song.  Overall, the interface has been updated to have cleaner and sharper graphics and colors, in addition to countless more improvements.  All of these new Live updates bring new functionality to Push (hardware instrument specifically for Live), like melodic step sequencing and advanced visualization to see everything in rich detail.

“Our partnership with Ableton allows us to stay on top of the latest advancements and upgrades and to provide our music community with the highest level of instruction on the most relevant tools to today’s producers” says Slam Academy Founder and ACT, Dr. J Anthony Allen.  

There’s really no better way to fuel your creativity than by interacting with individuals who share your interests.  Also in attendance and providing his wealth of knowledge was Ableton Certified Trainer and Slam Academy co-Founder, James Patrick.  

With three Ableton Certified Trainers on its faculty and over 35 years of collective teaching experience, Slam Academy has quickly become the premiere destination for learning Ableton Live in the Midwest.  All Users Groups in Minneapolis feature local guest artists and Certified Trainers from the area. Slam Academy is also the home of many dedicated Ableton courses, and the only official and listed Max for Live institution in Minnesota.  Slam Academy is also an Ableton Retailer.

We got you curious?  Come to our next Open House on Saturday, March 10th, to experience it all.  Our friendly staff will provide you with the information you need to help get you in the right direction for your music and digital technology endeavors.

Ableton Live Program start dates for 2018 are March 8th, May 7th, August 30th, and November 5th.  Classes meet once a week, and you can choose your start time at either 11am or 7pm depending on your schedule.  

You live far away from Slam Academy?  Or would like remote training because you are on the go?  We got you.  We offer our Ableton Live Program online!  Our Ableton Live Online Program is a six-month plan designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of this powerful and versatile tool. It’s available to start whenever you like.

 

Upcoming Free Ableton Classes @ Slam Academy:

Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, April 23 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, April 23 @ 7pm

Intro to Ableton Live – Thurs. August 23 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Thurs. August 23 @ 7pm

Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, Oct 29 @ 11am
Intro to Ableton Live – Monday, Oct 29 @ 7pm

5 Great Reasons to Attend an Open House

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… Even if you’re not ready to invest

Pursuing the right school to attend can be stressful at times.  It can take a lot of research time to find that perfect place to learn, but before you dismiss that school you think is too expensive you owe it to yourself to take a look.  Why? Because it’s fun and you might find out something you didn’t know.  Once you tour all of the schools you would consider, you will find it easier to make a decision of which one is right for you.  

Reason No. 1 : Learn about how much you can invest in your education

What you can afford to buy plays an important factor in your decision.  Sometimes you don’t always figure that out until you are deep into the process.  Attending an open house allows you to get a realistic expectation of how much you need to budget.  Typically there is a staff member that is trained in helping students with information on how to pay for school.  It’s also an opportunity to get advice on scholarships that may be available.  Be clear about your intentions and if you are not a serious buyer, then say so.

Reason No. 2 : See the school in action and learn from the crowd

Open houses present an opportunity to see students train, meet staff members and get a sense of the culture.  Be alert to whether the tour guide or staff member engages you when you first come in, and pay attention to how others acknowledge you.  This plays an important role on how you would be treated as a student.  It allows you get face-to-face time with the students and staff.  Bring your tough questions to ask!  Be sure your tour guide is knowledgeable and genuinely interested in you, your story and your goals.

Reason No. 3 : Learn about your needs

Sometimes buyers are not sure what they want or are looking for, so understanding what you want to gain and benefit is important.  You would be very surprised what you gravitate toward when you start looking around.  You may see something you have never seen before and it changes your perspective. Open houses help you to learn about the layouts and amenities provided.  This will contribute to defining what you need to get you where you want to go.

Reason No. 4 : Touch the stuff and get to know the competition

 Take the time to research as many “like” schools as you can to understand the difference between them.  Check out all of the rooms, look at the equipment and technology and overall care put in to the facility.  It’s like buying a car and looking under the hood to make sure all the parts are working.  It’s crucial that your investment will give you the training you need on the “latest and greatest” technology.

Reason No. 5 : Get a feel for the neighborhood

Is the school located in an area where job opportunities are nearby?  Is the neighborhood buzzing with excitement?  Are you looking for housing near your school of choice?  You’ll get a sense right away if the location will benefit your living needs.  And it will give you a chance to see other nearby businesses.  

 

Every 2 months, Slam Academy opens its doors to students that are interested in its programs.  Get registered today: Open House March 10, 2018  3-5pm

Also on March 10th, Slam Academy will be hosting a free 2-hour introduction class to electronic music.
Get registered today:
Intro to Electronic Music March 10, 2018 1-3pm

Details
March 10, 2018 3-5pm
Public Event
https://slamacademy.com
Slam Academy – 1121 Jackson Street NE, Ste. 142, Minneapolis, MN
(612) 293-7526

Slam Staffer Teaches Beats By Girlz

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Slam Academy staff member, Tanya Lano, taught a successful first day of class for the Beats By Girlz Ableton Series 1 on February 3, 2018 hosted at Slam Academy and supported by Beats By Girlz – Minnesota Chapter, She Rock She Rock and Ableton.

 

Beats By Girlz is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum, collective and community template designed to empower students to engage with music technology.  It was developed and written by Associate Professor at The Berklee College of Music, Erin Barra-Jean.  

 

Slam Academy proudly supports Beats By Girlz, knowing that electronic music can be a male-dominated field.  To encourage more women to feel at home in this artform and explore electronic music Slam offers a scholarship called the Beats By Girlz scholarship.


Tanya joined the Slam Academy team in Fall 2017 as their Recruitment Specialist.  She supports the students at Slam Academy by providing information and helping them make educational decisions.  She is a role model by being an active member in the electronic music community as a DJ, producer, label owner and teacher.