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Learn How to Make Beats on Ableton. FL Studio. Native Instruments Maschine

Online & In-Person Classes in Norfolk, VA

Music Production Classes: the Art of Beat Making

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Learn the Art of Beat Making in a real working studio from seasoned Music Producers!

Our 16 -week program teaches you the entire process and pushes students to explore professional music production while using the most important tools of the industry, like Ableton Live & Native Instruments Maschine & FL Studio. 

Produce Your Own Beats | Beat Making 101

Beat Making Curriculum 

  • 30+ hours of in-class & Lab hours.

  • Our Expert Instructors are Authorized to guide you through with Curriculum based classes in Abelton, FL Studio, and Native Instruments Maschine. We guide you through the twists and turns of working in a professional Recording Studio environment.

Course Overview

Students meet once a week on the same day and time each week. Class sizes are small and contribute to a collaborative setting allowing peer to peer connection.

What You Learn

  • Music History

  • Vocabulary

  • Intro to Equipment / Software

  • Drum Patterns & Sequences

  • Sound Library

  • Modify Sounds

  • Counting / Beats Per Minute

  • Mixing / Layering 

  • Beat Styles & Samples 

What You Do In Class

  • Software & Hardware Training

  • Music Theory & BPMs

  • Upload Sounds + Recreating

  • Song Structure

  • Drum Sounds / Patterns

  • Building a Beat 

Inside the Course

  • Industry Standard Hardware & Software

  • Recording & Audio Sampling

  • Advanced Synth building

  • Drum Programming

  • Improvisation

  • Introduction to Basic Mixing

Class Information

  • Class is 1 hour 

  • Class meets 1 x week 

  • Class sizes are small 8 students max

  • Class Projects, Quizzes, & Exams

  • Earn Your Certificate of Achievement


Music Production Classes: ABLETON Beat Class

Learn How to Make Beats Using Ableton LIVE

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  • Setup and Navigate Around Ableton Live

  • Learn how to Work Quickly and Efficiently 

  • Setup your Audio Interface and MIDI Controller

  • Learn Music Theory and Songwriting Essentials

  • Music History

  • Vocabulary

  • Intro to Equipment / Software

  • Drum Patterns & Sequences

  • Sound Library

  • Modify Sounds

  • Counting / Beats Per Minute

  • Mixing / Layering 

  • Beat Styles & Samples 

Meet the Instructor

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DJ / Producer - The Better Beat Bureau

1/3 of The Bossmen Production Team


Norfolk, VA based Music Producer & DJ - J. Clyde has produced songs over the past two decades.  

J. Clyde is 1/3 of The Bossmen production team, along with hip hop icon Lord Finesse & Grammy Award winning producer Bo Mackenzie. In addition, J. Clyde is a member of the legendary Virginia-based DJ/Producer crew The Better Beat Bureau. 


CREDITS:  Pharoahe Monch, Lord Finesse, Fat Joe, OC, A.G. (DITC), Young Buck of G-Unit, Skyzoo, Styles P of The LOX, Cappadonna & U-God of the Wu-Tang Clan, Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, Ras Kass, Ab Liva, Parrish Smith of EPMD, Sauce Money, Krumbsnatcha, Mic Lord (R.I.P.), and many others locally & nationally. 


Equipment of choice: Ableton + Push 2. Akai MPC 2000XL, Akai MPC Renaissance, Akai MPC Studio, Akai MPC One, ProTools.

  • Beat Making & Music Production 101

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    195 US dollars
  • Beat Making & Music Production 101

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    195 US dollars

Music Production Classes: FL Studio Beat Class

Learn How to Make Beats Using FL STUDIO

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  • How to Navigate Around FL Studio

  • How to Work Quickly and Efficiently in FL Studio

  • How to Create Beats in FL Studio

  • Learn Music Theory and Synthesizers

  • Music History & Vocabulary

  • Intro to Equipment / Software

  • Drum Patterns & Sequences

  • EQ & Compression Effectively

  • Sound Library

  • Modify Sounds

  • Counting / Beats Per Minute

  • Mixing / Layering 

  • Beat Styles & Samples 

Meet the Instructor

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What up Im Akira!

Born and Raised in Virginia - Music has always been my medicine. As a Skater, Ball Player, Musician & Music Producer - creating music is truly an art form for me. I have been making Beats for half my life and I love teaching people of all Ages & Levels - how to make beats!

My D.A.W. of choice is FL STUDIO and have made beats for many artists and organizations.  

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Music Production Classes: Native Instruments Maschine Beat Class

Learn How to Make Beats Using Maschine

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  • How to Navigate Around Maschine

  • How to Work Quickly and Efficiently in Maschine

  • How to Create Beats using the MK2 Maschine

  • Learn Music Theory and Synthesizers

  • Music History & Vocabulary

  • Intro to Equipment / Software

  • Drum Patterns & Sequences

  • EQ & Compression Effectively

  • Sound Library

  • Modify Sounds

  • Counting / Beats Per Minute

  • Mixing / Layering 

  • Beat Styles & Samples 

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Meet the Instructor

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Dr. Dre has named him one of his favorite producers  in The Source Magazine and he has earned his stripes by crafting tracks for a diverse list of clientele. 


CREDITS: Kanye West, Drake, NeYo, Swizz Beats, 50 cent, Snoop Dogg, Rakim, J Dilla, KRS One, The Game, Pusha T, Method Man, the Lox, Bumpy Knuckles, Canibus, Scarface, Busta Rhymes, Mc Lyte, Rah Digga, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, Bilal, AZ, Mac Miller, Ghostface Killah, Fat Joe, Cassidy, Termanolgy, Dwele, Wale, Jeezy, MOP, Jahiem, Skills, Asher Roth, Black Moon, Boot Camp Click, Xzibit and many more! 

Hailed as “your favorite producer’s favorite producer,” Nottz aka Nottz Raw is a MultiPlatinum Hip Hop Producer and Rapper born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nottz has been building himself an underground castle since the late 90’s particularly with a Grammy Win for the production on Kanye West's Hip Hop classic “Barry Bonds" Nottz enjoys working with mainstream artists, but he is quite happy to push his beats to hungry and talented artists regardless of mainstream success. He is genuinely about preserving the culture of Hip Hop and working with the best talent. He got his first real break after Busta Rhymes heard one of his instrumentals on a beat tape and invited him to come work on his third studio album E.L.E., released in December 1998. His musical backdrops hold no boundaries and that attribute allows him to be the go to producer for both major and indie artists. Proving he is the robin hood of Hip Hop culture. Nottz is the creator with Darryl Sloan of Raw Koncept, a founding member with 9th Wonder and Khrysis of The Soul Council, and a member of Snoop Dogg's Legion of Boom of producers. 


Hands on Approach

Students lead the way allowing them a complete hands-on approach to ensure growth and understanding. We’ve been providing impactful learning for students through cutting edge project-based learning for over a decade.

We Provide Equipment

Our Top of the Line Gear & Software allow Students to learn and use the same equipment that industry professionals use daily. Others may offer similar courses only MTS teaches students to develop like the pros.

Learn from the Best

Our instructors include highly respected DJs, indie & major producers, accomplished artists, and industry professionals who have a passion for sharing their knowledge.The MTS Team is a group of industry professionals and passionate educators, that aim to always provide the highest level of teaching to our students.

FAST FAQs - Beat Making Class

We Answer Your Questions on Registration & Class Info

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  1. HOW LONG IS THE CLASS? Class is held for 60 Minutes (1 hour) once a week for 16 weeks. Your class meets just like a college course - the same day and time each week. 

  2. WHAT DO I NEED FOR CLASS?  A pair of Headphones (NO Bluetooth & Earbuds), a Notebook if you want to take notes, and a good attitude to learn.  

  3. HOW MUCH IS THE CLASS? Class Price varies. Price range is $40 per class or $75 per class. When you click on the day and time you would like to register the monthly rate will be shown. 

  4. CAN I REGISTER FOR MULTIPLE DAYS? Yes. If you are interested in registering for more than 1 class please call the Admissions Team to secure the 10% for registering for multiple classes. 

  5. WHERE IS THE CLASS LOCATED?  Music Theory Studios is located in the Norfolk Industrial Park area right next to Amazon and Pepsi - 4850 BROOKSIDE COURT Suite 300 Norfolk, VA 23502

  6. IS THERE PARKING?  Yes. You can park in our private parking lot, located right in front our building.

  7. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER? Beat Class Registration is only $35 and is due at the time of enrollment. The remaining balance will be due the first day of class. 

  8. IS THE REGISTRATION FEE REFUNDABLE? No. We do not provide any refunds for Registration

  9. HOW MUCH IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE FULL COURSE? The entire course is $640

  10. HOW DOES PAYMENT PROCESS WORK?  Scholars can choose between the 3 options below: 

    • Full Course Price - $640​

    • Monthly Price - $160 (4 Payments Only) 

    • Bi-Weekly Price - $80 (8 Payments Only)

  11. WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION FEE COVER?  The $35  Registration Fee covers software & hardware,

  12. DO YOU PROVIDE DISCOUNTS?  We provide a $20 one time discount for Active Duty Military

  13. DO YOU PROVIDE REFUNDS?  No. Once payment is made No Refunds are awarded

  14. WHAT DO NEED TO BRING TO CLASS?  Scholars need to bring one pair of headphones (NO bluetooth or earbuds) a notebook if you want to take notes. 

  15. IS THERE A VENDING MACHINE? Yes. Scholars can purchase beverages and snacks

  16. WHAT BEAT SOFTWARE WILL I USE IN CLASS?  Scholars decide which course they want to take from: Ableton, FL Studio or Maschine - 

  17. WHAT DO I GET AT THE END OF THE CLASS? Scholars earn a Certificate of Achievement in their particular area of study *if they have attended all the classes..

  18. WHO WILL BE TEACHING THE CLASS?  All staff take pride in providing highly motivated and enthusiastic energy to our programming. From industry professionals to passionate educators, MTS hire's the best instructors to teach our students. All staff meet strict qualifications and must pass a criminal background check and a US Department of Justice national sex-offender background check. 

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