Electronic Music Production and Sound Design Workshop

Boston
Ages 15+
Push your limits as an electronic musician, and develop your skills in sound design, production, and electronic digital instrument (EDI) performance. Over the course of this workshop, you have the opportunity to explore everything from the foundations of sound synthesis and sampling to sound design for picture and video games, working with modular and vintage synthesizers or the latest in performance controllers. Based on knowledge level and experience, you will select coursework to tailor the curriculum to your interests.
Dates
June 20-June 24
Arrival Date / Time
Coming Soon
Move-out
Coming Soon
Tuition
$2,600
Housing
$895
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by May 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. If you will be age 15 or older by the start of your program and require on-campus accommodations, complete the Residence Hall Contract in the Next Steps tab of your registration portal .

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.

Curriculum

Throughout the workshop, several concurrent breakout sessions are offered in each time slot. You can self-select which session to attend in any given time slot over the course of the workshop, space allowing. Offerings range from introductory to intermediate levels of skill and preparation. 

The following list of classes gives you a sense of what to expect: 

  • Producing EDM with Ableton Live
  • Creative Sound Design Techniques
  • Sound Design and Csound
  • Sampling Workshop 1
  • Sampling Workshop 2
  • Sound Design with Modular Synthesizers
  • Electronic Music Mixing Techniques
  • Creative DSP for Free
  • Modular Synthesizer Performance Workshop
  • An Introduction to Game Audio
  • Performing Live with Ableton Push
  • Expressive Performance with MPE and the Roli Seaboard Rise
  • Introduction to Circuit-Bending
  • Sound Design for VR
  • Sound Design in Electronic Dance Music
  • Introduction to DJing
  • Composing and Performing with Ableton Live
  • New Ways to Play
  • Digital DJ Techniques
  • Music of the Body and Mind

All breakout sessions will take place in Berklee's labs and studios. Our state-of-the-art facilities use Ableton Live as well as MAX for Live, Logic, and Native Instruments Komplete.

Other opportunities include the following:

  • Electronic performance controller lab
  • Modular synthesizer open lab time
  • Turntable open lab time
  • Ableton Live tutorial sessions
  • Electronic performance open mic
Schedule

Below is a sample of a typical day in the program. 

Time Event
8 AM–9 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM–10:45 AM Keynote presentation
11 AM–12:45 PM Breakout sessions
1 PM–2 PM Lunch
2 PM–3:45 PM Breakout sessions
4 PM–5:45 PM Breakout sessions
6 PM–7 PM Dinner
7 PM–9 PM Electronic open mics or open lab time

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to perform in multiple open mics throughout the program.

Requirements

All students 15 and older with some background in electronic production are welcome to attend.

Once You've Enrolled

Once you're enrolled visit our Next Steps for Enrolled Students to make sure you have everything you need for your program.

Check Your Email for Important Information

  • You should continue to check the email that you used to enroll in the program for important information.
  • You will receive a detailed check-in email with information regarding your assigned arrival location, housing assignment, and a link to view your program schedule one to two weeks prior to the start date of your program.
  • When you arrive on campus, you will receive additional program information to guide you through your program.

What to Pack 

  • All necessary musical equipment and technology will be provided throughout the program.
  • You may want to bring portable media storage to save the work you create throughout the week.
  • Participants are welcome to bring songs they have completed and may elect to bring laptops for their review. 
  • Review our list of instruments and gear to bring to your program in this knowledge base article.
  • If you are staying on campus, you can reference this packing list with any additional items you’ll need while attending your program.