Level 2

Our second-level course concentrates on creating original sounds and writing musical progressions. This means learning how to use software and hardware synthesizers, creative sampling techniques, and how to build and arrange advanced chord progressions.

8-Week Course Breakdown

  1. Synthesis I - Oscillators, Envelopes, and Filters

  2. Synthesis II - Modulation, LFOs

  3. Synthesis III - Effects

  4. Music Theory 201 - Modes

  5. Field Recordings and Found Sound

  6. Music Theory 202 - Voice Leading Inversions, 7th Chords, 9th Chords

  7. Vinyl Sampling

  8. FM Synthesis

Course Requirements

  • Laptop

  • Headphones

  • Ableton Live 9 or 10 (available at a 40% discount to students)

Student Perks

  • Access to open hours (weekdays 5pm-7pm, opportunity to work with other students, receive extra help, etc.)

  • PDF Notes for each week's lesson

  • Access to recorded classes of each week's lesson

  • Early invites to IO workshops and masterclasses

  • Attend student exclusive artist in residence sessions

  • Ability to book the IO studio for projects and collaborations (level 2 students and up)

  • Student discounts on Ableton and other partner companies

Course Start Dates & Times

  • Course Start Dates & Times

  • Summer Quarter 2018 - Starts May 30th
    • Level 2 - Wednesdays 7-9PM


  • Single Course - $1000
  • Full Program (all four levels) - $3,750
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