Make your own beats and songs
Teen ages 10-15
Want to learn how to make your own beats and songs, studio quality recordings and/or learn to perform beats live? This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of beatmaking and production, making use of industry standard software (FL Studio and midi controllers) as well as hardware (Akai MPC’s)and teach sampling from vinyl and digital forms of music, as well as synthesizer based pieces to enable students to create original compositions. No previous experience is or musical training required.
Date Day Time Meets Albany Res/ Non Res
Sep 13-Sep 27 Thur 4-5pm 3x $45/$55
Oct 4- Oct 25 Thur 4-5pm 4x $60/$70
Nov 1-Nov 15 Thur 4-5pm 3x $45/$55
Dec 6-Dec 20 Thur 4-5pm 3x $45/$55
Elliot Gann, PsyD
Enrichment Program Instructor
Dr. Gann hails originally from New York City and made the transition to the West Coast to attend UC Santa Barbara where he studied Psychology and from which he graduated with honors in 2003. In his last year at UCSB, Dr. Gann founded the Hip Hop Club @ UCSB which he used as a platform to put on Hip Hop events and battles in the community, as well as doing community service and outreach. Such service included founding the "College Visitation Program" for underrepresented youth in the community, as well as volunteer work at local elementary and middle schools and community centers teaching Hip Hop.
In 2004, Dr. Gann began the doctoral program in clinical psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, while continuing to do both volunteer and paid work teaching DJ’ing and music production to youth in underserved communities in East Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. His dissertation research focused on the effects of the Therapeutic Hip Hop Activity Groups with at-risk youth as conducted by the organization Beats, Rhymes and Life. Dr. Gann completed an intensive two-year pre-doctoral psychoanalytic therapy training program at Ann Martin Center, and he completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Alliant’s Psychological Services Center, working as a school counselor at Envision Academy in Oakland. Dr. Gann has continued to teach music production in several different schools and community settings around the Bay Area and is in the process of founding Today’s Future Sound, a non-profit organization that teaches music production and media arts/literacy around the Bay Area, focusing on working in underserved communities and schools.