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Summer Term Begins June 29

Pictured is Berkleemusic instructor and Ableton Live course author Loudon Stearns.

Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, has updated their online Ableton Live curriculum (including Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live) to Live 8. The Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live course offers a progressive approach to recording, editing, mixing, and mastering using the Live 8 software. The program emphasizes exploration and experimentation, culminating with a final project in which students create a full-length song or a live performance tool.

“Basically, Ableton 8 is building on how much fun it is to use Live, which is my program of choice for composing and creating sound design,” says course author and instructor Loudon Stearns. Stearns is well known for his composition skills and live sound production, as well as music for radio jingles, and scores for industrial and independent films. “Live is a great tool for trying out new ideas. Because it was designed as a performance tool you can play with ideas and variations until it fits the client’s needs perfectly. In the course, I teach the processes that I use when composing, processes that are unique to Live.”

In addition to personalized chats and interaction in the virtual classroom, Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live offers many hours of instructional videos and a wide selection of screen shots. The Berkleemusic staff also designed new computerized interactive tools resembling Google maps with Zoom features and Pop-Up captions similar to those used by VH1. “It’s fun and today’s online student is already experienced with these interactive functions,” adds Stearns. “They want something that is dramatically different from the traditional classroom.”

By the completion of the course, students will have learned how to:

* Perform unique and intricate grooves easily with any MIDI controller.
* Master Live 8’s new groove and slicing features.
* Compose with rich harmonic ideas, never hitting a wrong note again.
* Perform on the computer as a musical instrument.
* Design any sound with Live’s wide array of synths and samplers.
* Create custom layered instruments with Drum and Instrument racks.
* Enhance productions with sound effects, including the Live 8 Corpus and Looper effects.

Loudon Stearns has a new Berkleemusic blog, new videos on the Berklee YouTube Channel, and a sample lesson from the course. To learn more, visit:

ABOUT BERKLEEMUSIC.COM is the continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, delivering online access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. Berkleemusic’s award-winning online courses and certificate programs are accredited and taught by the college’s world-renowned faculty, providing lifelong learning opportunities to people interested in music and working in the music industry. As the business of music continues to move online, Berkleemusic is taking a leadership role in educating the next generation of producers, performers, and entrepreneurs on this evolving industry landscape. Berkleemusic’s students come from over 80 countries around the world, and include Grammy award winners, managers, artists, publishers, music business entrepreneurs and major international touring acts.