Private Lessons

One-on-one individual instruction is available from several Slam Academy Instructors. To schedule your appointment, email lessons@slamacademy.com or call the front desk 612.293.SLAM (7526).

Private Lessons with a Slam Academy Expert and Ableton Certified Trainer

$100 – $120 per 1-hour session, depending on instructor.
Topics include all program content as well as advanced production, mixing, mastering, music theory, and composition.
Please call or email lessons@slamacademy.com to arrange a lesson.

James Patrick

James Patrick

Instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer

A pilot member of the Ableton Trainer Certification program, James participated in the first wave of trainer certifications, and has been a critical force among the user base in the US. After more than a decade of teaching synthesis and sound design at various institutions including Dubspot and the Institute for Production and Recording, in 2012 James co-founded Slam Academy, an Electronic Music School and Ableton Certified Training Center.

J. Anthony Allen

J. Anthony Allen

Instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theatre.

Alec Ness

Alec Ness

Instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer

Alec Ness is an artist and educator who creates and teaches music in Ableton Live who is sometimes also known as Su Na and was born in a small town in the middle of America but currently lives in a larger town in the middle of America after spending some time in an even larger town on the side of America where the idea of making and teaching music for a living was personally conceived and perceived by many as a contrary decision to the American Dream but regardless followed and eventually led here.

Private Lessons with a Slam Academy Instructor

$50 per 1-hour session.
Topics include production techniques, DJing, Sound Design, and all course subjects.
Please call or email lessons@slamacademy.com to arrange a lesson.

Kyle Goodrich (Kyle King)

Kyle Goodrich (Kyle King)

Instructor

Music is my sword and shield - The motto of 30-year-old producer Kyle King. Born in Germany, and raised in America, Kyle developed a love of music at a very early age. He has played and learned several musical instruments, and is always looking to expand his repertoire. Eventually finding electronic music, Kyle was hooked from the start. Kyle’s passion for all things music truly shows.

Mike Pendergast (MikeRat)

Mike Pendergast (MikeRat)

Instructor

Michael Pendergast (MikeRat) is a producer, DJ, and promoter that has been heavily involved in the Minneapolis dubstep scene for the past 4 years. He was introduced to Ableton Live in 2009 and has since created his own blend of dubstep, glitch, and hip-hop which he affectionately refers to as “sneaky bass”.

Mike Johnson (Baard)

Mike Johnson (Baard)

Instructor

BAARD, (aka Michael T. Johnson) is a musician with 6 years of experience in both Hip Hop and Electronic music production. He wears many hats, though (both figuratively and literally). He can be found DJ’ing at just about every known venue in the Twin Cities, with gigs regularly every weekend. Versatility is a skill that he balances well, as he is equipped heavy in education with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Andrew Hill (Nostalgia)

Andrew Hill (Nostalgia)

Instructor

With a Bachelors of Science in Music Production from McNally Smith College of Music and a Masters of Science in Arts Technology from Illinois State University, Andrew Hill has the paper credentials to teach audio and music production. What makes Andrew Hill a great mentor in music production, however, is his real-world experiences as the artist Nostalgia where he has been able to play his own compositions around the world to thousands of people, DJing in Paris, Australia, Canada, and of course the USA.

Tanya Lano (Tanya Leigh)

Tanya Lano (Tanya Leigh)

Instructor

Tanya has a history of demonstrated excellence across a wide array of music industry pursuits. Equipped with a Bachelor of Science in Music with a Business Emphasis from Winona State University coupled with a Recording Engineering diploma from Music Tech in Minneapolis she set off on a career path which would weave through a diverse set of experiences, yet which were all connected by the common thread of music.

Charlie Erickson (Chuck Love)

Charlie Erickson (Chuck Love)

Instructor

Over 4 decades Chuck Love has been a producer, and multi instrumentalist totally driven by music. Chuck co-wrote the theme to Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the 80’s and was the musical director for the reboot on Netflix (2016). Chuck is probably best known for his funky brand of original soulful house music, and has performed as a DJ to worldwide audiences from Dubai to Australia, and hundreds of dance floors all over the US. Love has seen technology evolve a great deal over his career and is perfectly positioned to guide students of all levels through the exciting landscape of electronic music production and performance.

Jimmy Cavanaugh (DJ Adatrak)

Jimmy Cavanaugh (DJ Adatrak)

Instructor

DJ Adatrak made his way to the stage in a decidedly unconventional way. After graduating from University of Minnesota with a degree in architecture, he knew his passion was more about building beats than structures. Adatrak has devoted his energy full time to honing his skills as a hip hop producer and DJ.

Joe Gonzalez (Juke Nukem)

Joe Gonzalez (Juke Nukem)

Instructor

Juke Nukem, a DJ/Producer with roots in Texas during the bolstering DnB scene of the early 2000s. In 2013, he launched DISTRICT160, the collective dedicated to the worldwide advancement of the footwork culture. He has since been inducted into TekkDJz, comprised of hand-picked DJs and producers from around the world who are committed to: “Saving the world from bad music.”

David Wiesjahn (CORA)

David Wiesjahn (CORA)

Instructor

David Wiesjahn is a Minneapolis based music producer, sound designer and drummer. David has been performing professionally for the past 10 years and producing electronic music for the past 8 years. After receiving his degree in drum set performance from McNally Smith College of Music, he began writing and performing electronic music under the artist name CORA.

Nick Shvetzoff (Nicky Boy Floyd)

Nick Shvetzoff (Nicky Boy Floyd)

Instructor

Nicky Boy Floyd is currently not accepting new students.

Nick Shvetzoff (Nicky Boy Floyd) has been producing deep electronic music since 2010. From the foundation of an MPC and a small vinyl collection, Nick has been pushing himself and his productions to new heights. Currently, his areas of expertise include Ableton Live, sound design, drum programming, Serato, and Dubstep production.