8 Week IntroductoryWorkshop
Thursdays @ 7:00 - 8:00 PM
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 15, 22 & 29

No Class on Thursday, March 8

A digital audio workstation (DAW for short) is an electronic device or application software used for recording, editing and producing audio files such as musical pieces, songs or sound effects. DAWs come in a wide variety of configurations from a single software program on a laptop to a highly complex configuration of numerous components controlled by a central computer. DAWs have a central interface that allows the user to alter and mix multiple recordings and tracks into a final produced piece.

Valley Music will offer a beginning Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) workshop for 8 weeks that will provide the student a basic understanding of digital music creation using Ableton Live 9 software for Windows or Mac. This 8 week class is for students age 17 and up and will cover the following topics:

February 1 -   Intro to Digital Audio Workstation Concepts
February 8 -   Working with beats, loops, clips and midi
February 15 - Arranging in DAW
February 22 - Audio Effects and Mixing
March 1 -       Recording sounds with microphones and line                                 inputs
March 8 -       NO CLASS
March 15 -     Project Work Session - Group or Individual Project
                      of Original Composition
March 22 -     Mastering & Finalizing Mixes - Continue work on
March 28 -     Rendering Projects to media formats (mp3, etc.)

Tuition:        $99.00 per student (due 2/1)

Class Requirements: 

Students must own a personal copy of Ableton Live 9 Intro (minimum) for home and class use. 
Click to Purchase Ableton Live here.

For best learning experience, students should bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.  Computers and software will not provided by VMA.

Class is available to students age 17 and up

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The Fine Print

  • All classes will be taught at Valley Music Academy, 500 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, VA.
  • No refund of tuition will be issued after the first class has met. 
  • No tuition refunds or credit will be given for student absences.
  • Classes cancelled due to inclement weather or instructor absence will be added at the end of the lesson schedule and will continue on Thursdays at 7:00 PM until all 8 classes have been offered.
  • Valley Music Academy reserves the right to cancel the class if minimum enrollment is not met.  A full refund will be issued if the class is cancelled by VMA.
  • VMA is not a reseller of Ableton Live and is not responsible for any transaction with any software or equipment purchase.