Designed to help you get your music production off the ground!

If you are new to making music, there are so many “loose ends” and seemingly random questions that can be easily answered by an expert who cares. Launch Pad is designed to get you off the ground, a place where you can ask anything about getting started on your music adventures, all the way to getting feedback on your first tracks. Come with any question, technical, hardware, software, or music and culture driven, and we will help you gain the level of understanding required to speak the language of music alongside professional producers.


  • How do I most effectively use my Windows or Mac computer?
  • How do I install Ableton, Max for Live, and VST/AU Plug ins?
  • What kind of hardware such as headphones and microphones should I buy?
  • What genre is this that I love and want to make?
  • How do I approach making it?
  • Where are the best places to get samples?
  • How do I use this instrument?
  • How do I record my vocals or make beats that sound cohesive?




Zach Zube (he/they) is an experienced performer, entrepreneur, and wellness expert who brings a diverse set of skills to his role as Studio Manager at Slam Academy. Zach earned a BFA in Music Theatre performance in 2006 and went on to have a successful career as a professional stage actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer for over a decade.

What Our Students Have To Say

Joshua Tolund (Motiz)

Motiz was already an experienced producer but wanted to get deeper into effects and sound design.

Mike Rieckenberg (Specks)

After one year, Specks is putting out finished, professional albums. “Slam is like hanging out with your best friend.”

Julie Thoreen

Julie talks about her creative process that she found in the Sound Design Program, and learning to find her sound.

Ben Gardner (Bolo)

Listen to Bolo talk about the resources he had access to as a student at Slam. Ben got from the classroom to the stage in no time.

Maggie Schultesis (Magnetik)

Getting that immediate feedback from instructors and classmates was a highlight for Magnetik during her time in class!


Rex was looking for a way to build connections while he learned, and a place he could make his own.

Ali Coyle (DJ Ali D)

DJ Ali D had always wanted to learn to DJ, ever since she was a kid. She found Slam and was able to turn that into a reality.

Mike Johnson (Michaelton)

Michaelton came to us after completing a traditional college music education. Hear what he has to say about the differences.

Jacob Butler

Check out student Jacob Butler talking about his experience in the Ableton Program, and his “Break-through A-Ha” moment.

Patrick Caye (Verum)

Check out Verum talking about his musical journey, finding confidence in his skills and a home at Slam Academy.

Renne Knott (Xeela)

After taking our program and learning some workflows and filling in those gaps, Xeela is finishing tunes and growing at a quicker pace!

Jason Soderlund

Jason is a guitar player who came to Sound Design to explore ways to extend his guitar techniques.

Alex (Moonshine)

Moonshine found a sense of community waiting for him on campus when he stepped through the door.

Michael Evalds

Walking in, Michael couldn’t even find the kick and the downbeat. Now he is making amazing tracks in Ableton Live.

Katie (K80)

K80 talks about her experience not even knowing how to open the program all the way to making her first tracks.



Navigate modern music-making tools with confidence to create your own sound and express your musical ideas.


Share your music with the world. In stage or streaming online, our programs include techniques for live performance.


Learn music industry standards, get expert feedback on your tacks, and build connections.