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Online Workshops

Bach to Rock offers a variety of online music workshops that take a detailed look at different aspects of Songwriting, Music Production and DJing. Each workshop is a 1 hour program with 45 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes reserved for a question and answer session.

All workshops will use the Zoom webinar platform. A device (mobile, tablet or computer) compatible with Zoom is required for each program. Participants will interact with the presenter via Zoom's text chat and Q&A functionalities. Participants will not be seen or heard over audio & video transmission.

See detailed descriptions of each topic below.

Online Music Workshops

Songwriting

(Ages 8+)

Songwriting: Analyzing Sounds in Today's Music

There are so many unique and interesting sounds used in the different music genres of today. For this workshop, we will focus on identifying different types of synths, audio effects and recording techniques that make all these sounds possible. We will talk about why these sounds are so effective and the role they play in giving life to your music.

Songwriting: Pop Song Music Theory Crash Course

From a songwriting and music theory standpoint, it doesn't take a genius to make pop music! There are many simple patterns and progressions you can learn to write songs like the great ones. We will analyze the chords, instruments, melodies and song forms of recent hits, unlocking these musical secrets so you can easily understand them and use them in your own work.

Songwriting: Complete Songwriting Formula

In this songwriting workshop, you will learn about our signature formula for constructing a well-written song. We will break down the individual elements of a song and explain the important role each part plays. Our workshop will provide a clear overview on how to create the following song components: the topic and lyrics, chord progressions and melody, the song form, arrangement and production quality.

Songwriting: Melody & Harmony

What makes a melody catchy? What range of notes should I use? How do I write a harmony? These questions and more will be answered during this workshop on creating a solid melody and balanced harmony. Our songwriters will learn about the basics of voice leading as well as the role that different melodies play for each section of the song. We will also explain how to add simple harmonies to back up your melody and give your song true depth.

Songwriting: Getting Ready To Record

The final step in songwriting is making the best recording possible of your song. It takes a lot of preparation to get your song ready for the studio, so this workshop will focus on what you need to do to line up the essential components of your song so you can lay down your tracks in as few takes as possible. We will also discuss filling out the arrangement of your song with the instruments most commonly used in your genre and explain the steps for achieving the maximum level of production quality when recording.

Music Production

(Ages 8+)

Music Production: Different Software

With all the music production programs and apps out there, it can be overwhelming to try and learn one. We will demonstrate multiple recording programs that are used to make music. You will watch a live demonstration of Pro Tools, FL Studio, Reason, Ableton, Bandlab and GarageBand in action. Our B2R presenter will explain the strengths and weaknesses of each so you can decide which program is best for the music you want to make.

Music Production: GarageBand On A Mac

This workshop will cover the basics of making music in GarageBand. Students should have a copy of GarageBand (it’s free!) on their Mac and bring a second device to watch the workshop on Zoom. Starting from scratch, we will guide students through creating a new project and explain each of GarageBand's different windows. Step by step, we will show students how to record music and layer in additional instruments. Then it's time to learn how to select the best parts of your recording and mold them into song sections, like a Verse or a Chorus. When this workshop is finished, students will have the power to create full songs in GarageBand! NOTE: students should have a Mac to participate in this workshop.

Music Production: Free Software - BandLab

Much like the GarageBand workshop, this lesson will cover the basics of making music in BandLab. Students should create a BandLab account at https://www.bandlab.com/sign-up before the workshop to follow along.  To run BandLab, students will need a computer (Mac or PC) with the Google Chrome browser installed.  Students should also have a second device to watch the workshop on Zoom. We will then show students how to use this completely web based music production software and explain all of the great recording features this program can offer. We will also briefly compare BandLab to GarageBand, and let students decide which program they think is easier to use!

Music Production: Microphone Types & Placement

This workshop will discuss the three main types of microphones in depth and students will gain knowledge on the best type of microphone to use for their projects. Since the positioning, angle and shape of the microphone can completely affect its sound, we will educate students on the proper way to arrange their mics for optimal performance. We will also talk about some simple changes you can make to the room you record in to boost the overall quality in your sound.

Music Production: Audio Effects

The world of electronic music has allowed us to do some pretty cool things to the audio we record. This seminar on audio effects will explain how to use reverb, delay, equalization, compression and autotune, and will also talk about when each of the effects is best used. The concepts and ways to use these effects are universal, so it does not matter what program you are using to produce your music. No matter what, with the audio engineering knowledge you will gain from this class, you will be well on your way to producing amazing sounding audio.

DJing

(Ages 10+)

DJing: Utilizing Samples to Enhance Recordings and DJ Performances

While a compelling track selection and seamless transitions are the cornerstones of any quality DJ mix, a few creative sound bites can add personality and significantly enhance the entertainment value of your presentation. A slice of relevant dialog from a popular movie or rap album skit; a nostalgic sound effect from old video games or cartoons; a powerful snippet from news programs or political speeches; these are a few examples of pop culture and human history that can bring meaning to your mix or music production, and help your work stand out from the rest. Learn the philosophy behind sample digging, and a few essential tools and Ableton techniques for weaving samples into your tracks or performances to deliver an unmistakably original product.

DJing: Introduction to Livestreaming - Bringing the Stage to Your Home

As live streaming platforms emerge as the newest venues for musicians, reaching new audiences and building your own community has never been more accessible. This workshop will introduce you to new software and hardware tools, broaden your vocabulary of the streaming world and introduce different streaming platforms that will help you get online quickly! Dive into the world of livestreaming, and start building an audience from your own home.

DJing: Using Scratching Tastefully to Enhance Your Party Set

If you want to add scratching in your mix sets, it’s got to be tasteful, it’s got to be clean and it’s got to be on time. Scratching can not only help you stand out as a DJ but will help take your sets to the next level! For this workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into what techniques to use, which sounds to choose and timing methods that will help keep you on beat.

DJing: Tools of the Trade - Where to Get Your Music and Keeping it Organized

Having your music organized is one of the most important, yet overlooked disciplines of being a DJ. While it can be done several ways, it takes commitment and dedication to stay on top of your songs. We will look at the different ways to obtain music like record pools, Bandcamp and SoundCloud. We will dive into the various ways to organize files, develop crate management, song tagging, color coding and some personal tips from the industry’s top DJs.