OVERVIEW

Students learn how to create their own music using pro-level digital audio workstation software, meeting weekly in a virtual online classroom.  No experience required.

Students get real-time instruction and immediate feedback from an expert instructor with music industry experience.​

Kids, teens, and adults learn electronic music production: making beats, creating chords, writing melodies, and composing remixes and original songs.  

MUSIC PRODUCTION LEARNING PATH PROGRAM

Virtual Classes are part of Mix Major's Music Production Learning Path program. Through this program, students learn how to create their own music using pro-level digital audio workstation software.  Students learn Mix Major’s Comprehensive Curriculum through their own individually-tailored Learning Path.

COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM

Music Production involves a variety of skills that are technical, creative, and practical.  In the Music Production Learning Path program, students have access to Mix Major’s entire curriculum which includes:

 

  • Song Structure

  • Digital Audio Workstation Skills

  • Music Theory

  • Melody & Harmony Composition

  • Remixing

  • Beatmaking

  • Electronic Music Performance (e.g. Finger Drumming, Live Looping, Clip Launching)

  • Sampling

  • Sound design

  • Synthesis

  • Creating Virtual Instruments

  • Songwriting

  • Recording

  • Mixing

  • Mastering

  • Active Listening & Critical Listening

  • Collaboration

  • Presentation

 

 

LEARNING PATH

 

Mix Major works with each student to design their personal Learning Path.  Through this Learning Path, students learn how to create music through Mix Major’s Comprehensive Curriculum, focusing on the areas that interest them most.  The curriculum gives the students the foundation for creating music.  The Learning Path gives them the freedom to learn and create what they want, at their own pace.

 

For example, all students will learn how to create and compose original music, but some may choose to focus more on sampling and beatmaking.  Other students may choose to focus on synthesis and sound design.   Some students may want to learn songwriting and recording.   

 

What if the student wants to learn it all?  That's ok too! Students will continue to develop through their Learning Path as long as they’re enrolled in the Program.

LOCATION
Online Virtual Classroom
 
MAX CLASS SIZE
10 students
REQUIREMENTS
Windows or Mac Computer (See Specs)
Ableton Live 10 Software (See Options)
Headphones
MIDI Keyboard (Optional)
AGE RANGE
Grades 3​-12
Adult
 
CLASS LENGTH
55 Minutes
TIME ZONE
Eastern Standard Time
 
TUITION
$99.99 per Month (1 Class/Week)
$79.99 per Month (for each additional Class/Week)
 
DISCOUNTS
Pay In-Full: 10%
Sibling Discount: 10% Additional Children
Referral: 50% off One Month Tuition
Multi-Class: $20 off Per Additional Class
 
Click here for more info on discounts
Click here for the FAQ's
(Frequently Asked Questions)
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How do I register for Free Trial Class?

 

Click here to request a Free Trial Class, or just visit https://www.mix-major.com/freeclass.​

 

Q: How do Free Trial Virtual Classes work?

 

A Free Trial Classes is about an hour long.  Parents are welcome to watch and ask questions.  With this class, students have 2 options:

 

Option 1: Hands-on (with Ableton Live Software)

Requirements: Windows or Mac computer (see specs), Ableton Live Software (see options), headphones, & a good internet connection.

With this option, the students will need to have Ableton Live installed.  Students can either download the Free Trial version of Ableton, or purchase any of the versions (e.g. Intro, Standard, or Suite).  Also, students will receive a download link for their trial class project.  

During the class, the student will use the software and project to create their own song.  By the end of the class, they'll learn how electronic music production works.  They'll also receive a digital copy of the song after the class.   

Option 2: Interactive (without Ableton Live Software)

Requirements: Windows or Mac computer, headphones, & a good internet connection.

With this option, the instructor will collaborate with the student in creating a song.  Students musically direct the production while the instructor creates the song in real-time.  By the end of the class, the student will learn how electronic music production works.  They'll see the entire process from beginning to end and even receive a digital copy of the song after the class.   

Q: I loved the Free Trial Virtual Class!  What do I need to begin weekly virtual classes?

 

1) Computer (Windows or Mac) with the following specs:

- Windows -
● Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
● 64-bit Intel® (Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended) or AMD multi-core processor.
● 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)

- Mac -
● OS X 10.11.6 or later
● Intel® Core™2 Duo processor. Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended.
● 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)


2) Ableton Live 10 Software (choose one of the following):

For beginner students, we suggest trying Ableton for free. The 30-Day Trial software will allow students to use the software for free for at least 4 classes:

● Download here:
https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/

Otherwise, you can purchase Ableton Live here:

● Full price (Intro $99, Standard $449, or Suite $749)
https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/live/

or

● 40% Discount for Students and Teachers (Standard $269, or Suite $449)
https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/education/
 

3) Headphones or earbuds

Q: Just the computer, software, and headphones?  What about a  controller like a MIDI keyboard?

Having a MIDI keyboard or other controllers like a Novation Launchpad or Ableton Push2 will definitely make it easier to create electronic music.  But you actually don't need any physical controllers to do it.  Just a computer, mouse, software, and headphones.

Q: How do the actual Virtual Classes work?

Each week at the scheduled time, students log into the virtual classroom with as many as 10 total students.  Most class time is spent with the student working on their projects with the instructor giving instruction individually to each student as needed.  Some class time is dedicated to traditional instructor-centered lessons.  And some class time is reserved for students sharing their music with the rest of the class.

All Mix Major classes are a sort of hybrid between group lessons and private instruction.  

Q: How do I register for a Virtual Class?

 

  1. Click here to view the class schedule and locate the Virtual Class section. 

  2. Choose a day and time that works best for you and your child (e.g. Mondays at 6:00PM - 6:55PM).

  3. Click the "REGISTER" button to the right.

  4. Click "EXPRESS REGISTRATION" at the bottom.

  5. Create an account.

  6. Click "MONTHLY TUITION".

  7. Follow the remaining prompts.

 

Q: The program has already begun. Can I still register if there's space?

 

Absolutely!  Enrollment is open throughout the entire program, provided there's space.

 

 

Q: If I register mid-month, is tuition prorated?

 

Yes.  Your first month's tuition will be prorated based on the number of weeks missed in that month.  When registering online, you'll pay the first month in full.  In the following month, payment will be automatically adjusted to reflect the prorated amount for the first (partial) month.

Q: What exactly is the Music Production Learning Path program? 

The Music Production Learning Path Program is Mix Major's curriculum for electronic music production and composition that's individually tailored to the interests and needs of the student.  

Students enrolled in the following classes are part of the Music Production Learning Path program:

  1. Weekly Classes (In-Person)

  2. Live Virtual Classes (Online)

  3. Private Instruction (In-Person and Online)

Q: What is the learning process for each student throughout the entire Music Production Learning Path program?

 

  1. Start with an Evaluation.  What are the student’s goals?

  2. Assess their current abilities and design their Learning Path.

  3. Track students individually along their Learning Path.

  4. Continually evaluate students' goals and adjust Learning Path.

 


Q: Are camp and workshop students part of the Music Production Learning Path program?


No.  In camps and workshops, Mix Major helps students reach their short term creative music goals. With the Music Production Learning Path program, Mix Major helps students achieve their long-term creative music goals.  Camps and workshops provide both general and specialized instruction within a limited time period.  The Music Production Learning Path program isn’t restricted by time.
 

 

Q: What are the levels of mastery throughout the Music Production Learning Path program?


INTRO -> BEGINNER [1-3] -> INTERMEDIATE [1-3] -> PROFICIENT [1-2-3] -> ADVANCED [1-2] -> EXPERT

 


Q: How long does it take for a student to complete their personal Learning Path?


At Mix Major, student learning isn’t tied to a specific time period.  It’s tied to the student's attendance, engagement, effort, and individual progress.

 

 

Q: Is instruction tailored to the age of the student?


Definitely! Mix Major tracks the student individually, giving them the attention and guidance they need, as they need it.  The student's age usually provides a benchmark for the best pace of instruction, but no what the age, all students learn and develop at their own pace.

 


Q: Can I register for a class outside the class’s age group? 


Yes, but on a case-by-case basis with approval from Mix Major.  This is called an Age Group Exception.  Age Group Exceptions are granted on a case-by-case basis, giving preference to students who demonstrate high interest in learning and good behavior.

 

To request an Age Group Exception, email info@mix-major.com before registering.

 

Q: At what point do students no longer need to take classes?


Mix Major’s goal is to help students reach their musical goals.  Since all students are different (e.g. age, skill, interests), there’s no concrete answer to this question.  The choice is up to the student.  Mix Major will take the students as far as they’re willing to go.

 

 

Q: What are classes like?  What is the ratio of lecture-based to hands-on learning?


The best way to learn is by “doing”.  Think about it like learning how to ride a bike.  You don’t start by watching a lecture on what a bike is, how to balance yourself, and what to do if you fall.  Instead, you get a bike with some training wheels and start riding.  Once you’re comfortable, you remove the training wheels, ride and figure it out.  

 

With Mix Major's classes, students learning by “doing”.  For the most part, classes are 90% hands-on work and 10% lecture or sharing.  As students need guidance, the instructor is always there to keep them on their “bike”, and “on track”.

 


Q: Do students collaborate on music projects? 


In some cases, yes.  Collaboration can be extremely valuable in learning music production because students learn from their partner.  Collaboration, however, is on a voluntary basis, so only students who are willing to work with other students will do so.

 

Q. How long does the Music Production Learning Path program run throughout the year? 

 

The program runs year-round, starting with the beginning of the school year (September), and running through the end of the school year and following summer (August of the following year).  

 

 

Q. I'd like to continue taking Music Production Learning Path classes after the Season ends in August.  Will I have to register again? And will I pay a registration fee again?

 

Yes, students will have to re-register each year before September to continue weekly classes in the Music Production Learning Path program.  If students continue through the end of one Season ends into the next Season, the registration fee will be waived.  If students cancel their registration at any time (for example registering in the Fall, then canceling for Summer, and returning again in the Fall of the following year), they will be charged the normal $25 registration fee.

 

 

Q. What does the registration fee cover?

 

The registration fee covers administrative expenses for each student's account.

 

Q. How do the discounts work?

 

Pay In-Full Receive a 10% for paying in-full for the entire program.  Select the Pay In-Full option during registration to receive the discount.  For this option, please email info@mix-major.com to set up payment by check or cash. This is the only payment option that allows for payment by check or cash, as opposed to the monthly auto-debit by credit ard.

 

Sibling:  Tuition for each additional sibling is 10% off per student.

 

Multi-Class:  Some students will prefer to take more than one class per week.  In this case, monthly tuition for each additional class is $79.99.  Simply register for additional classes and the discount will be applied at checkout.  If there are problems, just email info@mix-major.com.   

 

For additional classes, students will be approved to register for a class outside their age group.  Email info@mix-major.com for approval prior to registering.

 

Referral:   If you refer a new student to the Music Production Learning Path Program, you'll receive a credit for $50 (half a month's tuition) which will be applied to your account.  This will happen after the referred student has listed your name during registration and completed one full month in the program.

 
 
 
 
 

WHAT IS

MUSIC PRODUCTION?

Music production is the process of creating music using digital music technology.  It's the same process that goes into creating the songs that we listen to everyday.

 

It's equal parts art and science; creativity and technology.  Creativity generates musical ideas like melodies, rhythms, and lyrics.  Technology brings these musical ideas to life.  It lets us record, transform, layer, and arrange these ideas to create new compositions. 

 

If creativity is the heart and soul of music production, technology is the mind and body.   

It's equal parts art & science: creativity & technology

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