Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach specific genres?

The technology and techniques that are taught in every class can be applied to all types of music, and a variety of styles are used to teach the material. That said, our goal is to help you realize your creative vision every step of the way. Students that come to us with technical skills and a creative focus should consult an instructor to find the classes best suited to them.

How big are your classes?

Classes range from 8-15 students per session in order to provide a flexible, student-centered learning environment. It’s important for each student to be able to ask questions, try things out, get feedback and learn from each other as well as the instructor.

What teaching format do you use?

We use a mixture of project-based, technique-based, and software-based teaching styles, as well as lecture with video projection and audio playback. In each class you can expect to be challenged to listen hard, think big, take notes and make music.

What equipment do you use?

Our studio is equipped with a four-channel sound system, full DJ setups, and teacher projector. At this time we require all students to bring their own laptops. We can provide the software (it might be a demo, but it will get you started).

Mac or PC?

It doesn’t really matter to us. We usually use Macs to teach, but if you use a PC that’s just fine.

What software do you cover?

It all depends on the class. Check the course description for details about what software the class is covering.

Do you offer degrees?

Nope. We just dig making music, and showing others how to make music. If you are interested in a degree in music, talk to us. Slam Academy instructors all have them, and we would be happy to chat about available college options in the area.
We do offer certificates of completion, however. These are certificates from us that signify that you have completed a program with us.

Do you offer CEU credits for teachers?

Not yet – but we are working on it. Email [email protected] if you want an update about this. We would love to be able to offer CEU credits, we just need to learn how.

I’ve never taken an electronic music class. Where do I start?

We recommend you start with any of our free introductory classes, look for them on our calendar. If you have questions regarding content of our classes, check out our class descriptions or email us at [email protected].

Can I retake a Slam Academy class I’ve already taken?

Yes indeed! We offer a Refresher Program Scholarship – you can take any class or program a second time by only paying 50% of the current cost. Our gift to you! Visit our Scholarships page or email [email protected] to set that up.

What is an online class like?

Well, it’s different than an in-person class. There are pros and cons to taking an online class. Let’s have a look:
1. You can work at your own pace. All the lectures are delivered by video, and you can pause it, work along side it, rewind it, and watch it as many times as you want to be sure you understand it.
2. You can take a class from our award-winning teachers from anywhere. Our in-person classes all happen in Minneapolis, MN. USA. If you can’t make it here in person, you can take an online class from anywhere.
1. You don’t get face-to-face time with the teacher. However, you can still ask questions over video chat, email, or instant message.
2. You don’t get the social experience of hanging out at Slam Academy. It’s a fun place – and we like hanging out here.
To sum up:
Online classes are not for everyone. Some people love them, and some people don’t care for them at all. If you try one out, and decide you really can’t get anything out of it, we will gladly refund your money. Or, if you’re local, transfer you to an on-campus run of the program.

Is an online class harder/easier than an in-person class?

It all depends on what type of learner you are. Usually taking an online classes means that you have to be a little more proactive as a student. But at the same time, you can go at your own pace.

What equipment do I need for an online class?

Aside from the software or hardware being taught in your specific class, all you really need is a web browser and an internet connection. (If you don’t have a reliable internet connection, you can always cache the videos and download the files for offline reading and viewing.)

How long are classes?

Most of our programs last 12 or 24 weeks (view program description for exact length), each of which lasts 3 hours. Classes meet once a week, on the same day of the week. Some classes, such as our Intensives may be structured differently.

What happens if I miss a class?

Students may purchase (at an additional cost) a private lesson to make up a class with their instructor one-on-one. If you miss a class and pass on a makeup-lesson, you are responsible for catching yourself up by borrowing another student’s notes, setting up an independent study session with other students, asking questions in the next class, etc. Refunds are not available for missed classes.

What about Snow Emergencies?

We would really hate it if anyone got hurt trying to come to our classes. If we decide to cancel a class due to snow, we will email all enrolled students as soon as we make the decision to cancel. (If we have your phone number we will call, too.) As a general rule, if the University of Minnesota closes, we will too.

Do you offer refunds?

No refunds are available and all sales are final. We encourage you to investigate our class offerings and contact [email protected] with any questions to make sure classes at Slam Academy are right for you. We are nice people, so we will do our best to make you happy.

What do I need to bring to class?

A laptop computer and a pair of headphones.

Do I need any specific software or hardware to take a class?

Not necessarily. Sample versions of all necessary software will be available, but may expire before your program concludes. We do offer EDU discounted licenses for all software we teach. Contact [email protected] with any questions, or review the course descriptions for payment options to bundle your software purchase with your enrollment.
Any necessary hardware will be provided.

Can I visit the space and meet an instructor before I sign up?

Yes. Feel free to sign up for a tour anytime. Or, check out one of our open houses.

How much are classes?

It all depends on the class. We do our best to keep classes as inexpensive as possible, but we also want to get the best teachers available.

In general:
3-month Entry-Level Programs:
– DJ Program – Recording Arts Program – Hip Hop Producer Program –
$1499 Single Payment | $255/month 6-month Payment Plan

3-month Advanced Programs:
– Mixing & Mastering Program – Producer Program –
$1999 Single Payment | $260/month 8-month Payment Plan

6-month Entry-Level Program:
– Ableton Live Program –
$2999 Single Payment | $270/month 12-month Payment Plan

6-month Intermediate Program:
– Sound Design Program –
$3499 Single Payment | $280/month 14-month Payment Plan

Check the class’s registration page for the cost of the class.

I can’t afford your class.

We have Scholarships! We would rather you learn how to make art than stress about money.

How can I sign up?

Check out the class’s registration page to sign up.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept online registrations via Credit, Debit, or Paypal and on-site registrations with personal checks*, cash*, credit or debit cards.
*Full payments only