Super Beats Electronic Music Class with Jake Smith
Tuesdays 7-8 PM Space is limited. Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr 7, 14, 24, May 12, 19, 26; $300
“Music today is full of electronic instruments. You’ll hear it in the latest Top 40 hits from artists like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Halsey, and Billie Eilish. You’ll hear it in soundtracks to TV shows like Stranger Things. You’ll even find these electronic sounds in modern jazz compositions. Electronic music and synthesizers have become a huge part of the musical world; it’s time for us to learn how to use them to make our own music!
In years past, you would need thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment to make even the most basic synthesized sounds. With today’s technology, that’s no longer the case. You can now get access to professional-grade sounds and recording equipment right on your home computer or laptop, with just one software program and a MIDI Keyboard. For this course, we’ll be using Reason 10 Intro, which is available to download for $99. I’ll also recommend an Akai MPKmini keyboard ($99), but any electronic keyboard with MIDI capabilities will work just fine for this course.
Prerequisites for this course are fairly minimal. The student needs to have basic computer skills, as well as a basic understanding of quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes. This course is intended for students 12 years of age and older.
During this course, students will work towards being able to write and produce a full instrumental song, just using Reason 10 Intro and their MIDI Keyboard! At the end of the semester, we’ll have a recital where students can share their work with parents, friends, and fellow musicians. If they wish, they can even sing or play an instrument (physical or electronic!) along with their recorded song.
This class will meet on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00pm Sep 17, 24, Oct 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, Dec 3, 10.
This course will give students the basic skills to begin creating music electronically. This is often referred to as “beat making”. Skills covered will include: program set-up, drum/percussion programming, basic effects, using the mixer, and creating harmonic and melodic parts using MIDI instruments and synthesizers.”