Teachers  Hugo Giacchi  and  Aaron Grimes

This class was made possible by through funding by the Beaverton Education Foundation with a 1:1 sponsorship by First Tech Credit Union.

Digital Music Production

October 16th, 2019

A course designed to explore the ins and outs of Ableton Live. Walking students through sketches and experimentation, class will follow the steps involved to producing electronic music in any style. Beginning with familiarizing students with the tools that Ableton has to offer, they will then develop their ideas into full-length songs. After being exposed to a variety of approaches, students will have the freedom to focus on any specific musical direction and further develop their skills on their own. Final project is an optional live concert for BHS students.

We provide the equipment & tech

No music instrument experience necessary

Instructor: Aaron Grimes

Location: Beaverton High School, Room 227

Time & Date: Thursdays & Fridays, during TAT

Price: Free for BHS Students (w/ fundraising)

  • $10 USB available with sound packs

  • Bring your own headphones


List of Class and Topics:

This year I participated in the Electronic Music Production class, in which I learned, after school, how to navigate the program Ableton Live and begin to produce music. I found this experience invaluable, as I had dabbled in music production with free apps, but had never gotten an opportunity to explore further the possibilities within electronic music. Through this class, I began to develop my skills and gained a greater appreciation for electronic music artists and their work. I intend to explore this field in the future and hope to someday be able to use programs like Ableton more often. Of course, none of this experience would have been possible without the school funding that supported the instructor and kept the cost on me low. Had there been a price on this class, I may not have even considered joining EMP, and thus missed out on the great experience I ended up having. I am extremely grateful for all the funding and work that went into providing an EMP course, as it has opened up doorways for me that I would never have expected.
  • Class 1: Intro, layout, clips and drums

  • Class 2: Recording audio, audio clips, warping and looping.

  • Class 3: Automation, composing, arrangement view.

  • Class 4: Midi clips, drum patterns, filling the space in a track

  • Class 5: Using simpler, creating melodies, using effects

  • Class 6: Drum rack, importing samples, creating rhythm

  • Class 7: Drum processing, and creating a bass line

  • Class 8: Writing melodies, scales, lead processing

  • Class 9: Chords, arpeggiators and using different sounds

  • Class 10: Live recording, processing your recording

  • Class 11: Composition and arrangement

  • Class 12: Finalizing a track and exporting to audio