Youth Camps

Slam Academy is dedicated to helping students of all ages discover musical expression and creativity. Whether your child decides to pursue music as a life-long activity or not, learning music technology is an astounding way to teach younger students about technology, computers, collaboration, social skills, and countless other competencies.

For the summer of 2018 we’ve expanded our summer offerings to include two programs: 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 Camp

Dates: 7/16/18 – 7/20/18
Times: 10am-2pm Monday-Friday
Cost: $499 (lunch Included)
Ages: 8th – 12th Grades
Location: Slam Academy Studios (NE Minneapolis: 1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Students will be taken through every step of what it takes to become a pro, from the foundations of the genre to the most current and advanced techniques. You will learn to beat and key match, manage the elements of the musical arrangement, understand musical tension and release cycles, and combine the right track types to create effective and powerful sets. The class will use Traktor, one of today’s most cutting-edge DJ performance tools. By the end of the class, you will be harnessing the power of your favorite tracks and ready to perform them live.

Young Producer Summer Camp

Dates: 8/6/18 – 8/10/18
Times: 10am-2pm Monday-Friday
Cost: $499 (lunch Included)
Ages: 8th – 12th Grades
Location: Slam Academy Studios (NE Minneapolis: 1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Students will be walked through all of the fundamental concepts and practices of the modern producer. Starting with beat and loop-making, students will be quickly acclimated to the simple and fun workflows within the celebrated Ableton Live software environment. Once the groove is assembled, we will build upon our rhythms with basslines, melodies, harmonies and effects. The class completes with several tunes and a lesson about distributing them to the public via Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and more!