FAQ

  • Do I need previous music experience?

    Not at all! This is an introductory course that will take you step-by-step.

  • Who is eligible to take this course?

    Anyone 13 years of age and older.

  • What equipment do I need to take this course?

    You will need access to the internet via laptop, tablet device and/or smartphone. Headphones or earbuds with a mic are recommended for recording as well.

  • What software do I need?

    You will need the web-based production software Soundtrap. During the course, we give you instructions on how to signup for a free creator account. You can also try out a free 1-month trial for any of the premium plans.

  • How long do I have to complete this course?

    There is no time limit, but if you opted for the premium trial, we recommend you complete the course within 1 month.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Summer of Sound!

    • Overview

    • Terms and Conditions of Participation

    • Student Information

    • How to use this course

    • Setting up Soundtrap

    • Before we begin...

    • Getting Started

  • 2

    Introduction to Soundtrap

    • Section Overview

    • Demos, Track Basics and Playback

    • Tempo and Metronome

    • Video Examples

    • James Blake x Channel Tres in the Studio

    • Guided Assignment #1: Demo Exploration

  • 3

    Creating a track

    • Section Overview

    • Drum Loops

    • Guided Assignment #2: Drum Loops [In-Studio Assignment]

    • Guided Assignment #3: Drum Loops Favorites List

    • Instrument Loops

    • Guided Assignment #4: Instrument Loops

    • J.Cole making a beat

    • Creating Original Drum Tracks

    • Creating Original Drum Tracks Pt. 2

    • Guided Assignment #5: Original drum parts [In-Studio Assignment]

    • Kaytranada Remix

  • 4

    Keyboard function and original instrumental track

    • Checking in! Journal entry

    • Section Overview

    • Creating Original Instrument Parts

    • Guided Assignment #6: Original instrumental track [In-Studio Assignment]

    • Trap Sax Beat

  • 5

    Composition basics and live recording

    • Section Overview

    • The Making of Childish Gambino's "Redbone"

    • Form

    • Guided Assignment #7: Form [In-Studio Assignment]

    • Live Recording Functions

    • Tadow - Live recording in Music Production

  • 6

    Music business and entrepeneurship

    • Making a Career

    • Distributing your music, marketing yourself and more tips

    • Hearing Loss Prevention

    • Resources for you

    • Who do you want to be?

  • 7

    Creating full tracks and podcasts

    • Section Overview

    • Lofi Beats

    • Importing and Exporting

    • Podcasts

    • How does music help you destress?

    • Sampling in Hip-hop music

    • Final Projects: Creating a Beat/Song and Podcast

    • Final Project Submission

    • Photo Submission

  • 8

    Conclusion and next steps

    • Congratulations! Message from your instructor

    • Next steps: The Producer Network + Bonus!

    • Wrap-up Journal Entry

    • Bonus!