Music Production

DJ Music Production

Ableton Live has quickly become an industry favorite among producers and musicians alike. It is a user friendly loop based software used as an instrument for live performances, as well as a music sequencer / DAW for composing, recording, arranging, mixing and mastering.  The Beat Refinery Music Production classes will help you develop the necessary skills to use Ableton Live in any way you choose.

Private 1-on-1 Lessons

We also offer private 1-on-1 lessons for this class. Click the button below to register online or contact us for more information.


Music Production Level 1

Prerequisite: None
Students will learn:

  • Fundamentals of the Ableton Live
  • Software layout and controls
  • Basic DAW mixing
  • Basic audio effects
  • Basic audio & clip editing
  • Warping/time-stretching audio
  • Automation & arrangement
  • Saving & exporting projects

Music Production Level 2

Prerequisite: Music Production Level 1
Students will learn:

  • How to create basic mashups, blends, remixes, mixtapes, and DJ-edits using Ableton Live’s arrangement view in a studio setting
  • DAW mixing
  • Audio effects
  • Audio and clip editing
  • Arrangement
  • Transition
  • DIY acapella
  • Full-length mixtape with Live
  • Blend/mashup/bootleg track
  • Re-drum edit
  • Basic remix using samples (loop-based)


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What Our Customers Think

“I saw a write-up in the Washington Post about Beat Refinery, and signed up for classes that day. I’ve had my turntables for a long time, but hadn’t really been able to do anything with them. I came into the class with low expectations – not for the content of the course, but for my ability to perform the material. I spoke with one of the instructors about my personal concerns with my ability to DJ and that I felt like I was fighting a losing battle. He told me that I am selling myself short, and he was absolutely right. I didn’t think I could do any of it until he broke down the basics for us, and it felt like a light bulb went off in my head. I knew I could do it. Before long I was able to beat-match, mix, baby scratch, determine how many bars were in a song’s intro, and how to drop in a track on cue. On the first day of class, they told us that what we’ll learn and be able to do in 6 weeks will be knowledge and skill that took them years to get. Coming up on the end of the class I believe them.”