Beatmakers Local is a 10-week hybrid course by YMCA Lighthouse Project that teaches teens how to create their own beats using Koala Sampler & Ableton Live.

Students will explore the influence of sample-based beatmakers on modern music and learn classic techniques to chop and splice samples. With an emphasis on community, students will work towards participating in a sample challenge event alongside their classmates and seasoned Pittsburgh beatmakers. Veteran teaching artists and producer-DJs Charlie Scott (C.Scott) and David Shoemaker (DJ Shoe) will lead students in discussions, hands-on skill-building, and producing original beats.

Beatmakers Local will last for 10 weeks starting March 1st through May 6th. In-person classes will be held every Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, beginning on March 1.

Students will be required to schedule weekly 30-minute 1:1 meetings in-person or virtually every Thursday between 4 and 7:30 PM, beginning on March 3.

The course will use the Koala sampler app on iPads or iPhones to create our beats and then add mixing, FX, and edits in Ableton Live 11.

For any students without an Apple device, Lighthouse will lend this necessary learning tool for the course’s duration.

Transportation home will be provided to youth living in 15208, 15206, and 15221. Dinner is provided at 5:00 PM for any youth who would like to eat with the group.

Any 14 to 19-year-old student in the Pittsburgh area is welcome to apply. No prior experience with music production is necessary, though candidates with a passion for music are encouraged to apply.

If we receive more than 10 applicants, students will be chosen based on thoughtful responses on our application and a commitment to attending all 10 classes.