Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1

    • Prepare for Class!

    • Lesson 1 - Welcome!

    • Lesson 2 - Fundamentals of a Song

    • Pick Your Favourite Song

    • Lesson 3 - You Are The Band!

    • Lesson 4 - Lean on Your Strengths?

    • What Do You Want To Do?

    • Lesson 5 - What Do You Need?

    • Lesson 6 - The Four Food Groups

    • Listen To Your Song

  • 2

    Module 2

    • Lesson 1 - Overview of a DAW & Understanding Layers

    • Lesson 2 - The Kick

    • Lesson 3 - The Percussion

    • Lesson 4 - Creating Depth and Width with Claps

    • Lesson 5 - Using Velocity to Create Shakers

    • Lesson 6 - Accent Percussion to Make Longer Loops

    • Practice with Kick & Percussion

    • Submit your Kick & Percussion work!

  • 3

    Module 3

    • Lesson 1 - Getting into the Groove with Bass

    • Listen to the Bass in Your Track

    • Lesson 2 - Expanding Your Bass Line with Layers

    • Lesson 3 - Introduction to EQ / Controlling Your Sounds

    • Lesson 4 - Making Things More Interesting with Bass

    • Practice making your own bass

    • Submit your Bass & EQ work!

  • 4

    Module 4

    • Lesson 1 - The Melody

    • What stands out to you in your favourite song?

    • Lesson 2 - Understanding Keys & Chords

    • Lesson 3 - Layering Different Types of Melody

    • Lesson 4 - Shaping Synths with ADSR

    • Experiment with ADSR

    • Lesson 5 - Complex Simplicity / Call & Answer

    • Submit your Melody work!

  • 5

    Module 5

    • Lesson 1 - Physics of Sound

    • Lesson 2 - Organizing and Structuring Groups

    • Lesson 3 - Shaping Sounds with Effects

    • Lesson 4 - Complexifying Sequences and Simplifying Melodies

    • Keep Playing and Experimenting!

  • 6

    Module 6

    • Lesson 1 - Duplicating Channels and Layering Sequences

    • Try the Duplication Technique

    • Lesson 2 - Expanding on Kicks

    • Lesson 3 - Writing for Your Song Style

    • Look at your reference track.

    • Lesson 4 - Song Arrangement

    • Getting Into Automation

    • Practice some automation methods

    • Submit your Arrangement work!

  • 7

    Module 7

    • Lesson 1 - Detailed Structure and Arrangement

    • Lesson 2 - Transitions, FX Samples, and Layered Percussion

    • Lesson 3 - Adding Textured Layers

    • Practice and Play

    • Lesson 4 - Finishing is Half the Battle

    • Submit your work!

  • 8

    Module 8

    • Lesson 1 - Refreshing Our Ears

    • Lesson 2 - Mixdown and Clean Up

    • Lesson 3 - What is Compression?

    • Lesson 4 - Final Mixdown and Premaster Prep

    • Lesson 5 - Final Premaster with Group Stems

    • Lesson 6 - Feedback, Final Words and Wrap-Up

    • Submit Your final song!