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Mmmmaven Teaches The Tricks of the Mix

By Pamela Sosnowski

Whether you're dreaming of a career as a club DJ -- mixing and mashing up tracks for the dance floor, or wish to enter the music industry as a producer, Mmmmaven of Cambridge will have you creating electronic music like a pro. As Boston's very own (and first) electronic music production and DJ school, it comes at a time when music and technology is evolving.

"We believe that technology and music not only go together, but that they belong together," explains David Day, Executive Director and Co-Founder. "As when the harpsichord evolved into the piano, and the guitar to the electric guitar, music has always been improved with the use of technology. Today's programs, like the production software Ableton, are so advanced that the musician can now make any sound in their head come to life. For a huge music fan like myself, this is an exciting time for music."

The instructors at Mmmmaven believe that music production is "an art form based in creativity, innovation, and technical skill." Thus, in classes like DJ 101 students start with the very basics: the history of vinyl records, basic music theory, learning the ins and outs of all of the equipment, and getting their hands dirty actually working the technology.

By the end of the 25-hour course, they will have created their first six-song mini mix. Zero experience is needed to take a course, and Mmmmaven provides all of the equipment. Each student in the DJ lab learns on two turntables, a two-channel mixer, and DJ software.

"Students can learn a variety of skills inside the lab," says Day. "Everything from the DJ software Serato, to production software in Ableton, and even a synthesis program that teaches you how to program music live with hardware, synthesizers, and drum machines. The most cost-effective way to do it is through our master program, where you can learn to do it all in 134 hours."

New students are invited to visit for a free DJ lesson and to tour the studio. Although the seasoned instructors come from varied backgrounds from all over the world, they all share a love of music and passing their passion and knowledge onto others. One alumni's online testimonial describes the staff as "great people that really care about what they do." The techniques taught at the school are applicable to all genres of music.

In addition to the free class, each Friday Mmmmaven invites the public to attend a free seminar, demo, or meet up. One recent workshop introduced attendees to the art of DJing, using Serato software and turntables.

The school wants students to know that DJing and music production isn't just for the young male Millennial. "We're interested in anyone who has a passion for music: from the elder statesmen folk artist, to the young person just learning what music is all about--even the term "electronic music" is outdated to us," explains Day. "Engineers and coders, technologists and musicians of all stripes, can learn new skills and increase their opportunities, by learning today's state-of-the-art tools. We're here to help."

Be sure to subscribe to their Newsletter to stay up to date on all upcoming events at the school! Subscribe here: www.mmmmaven.com/subscribe.

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