Beat Challenge

Gain skills, make beats, share online

Spend your Fridays online with a community of like-minded music producers and beat makers. Learn tips and tricks from the Spy Hop pros and take your beats to the next level. If writing, rapping, and freestyle is more your thing, join the community and put your words to the test using beats made by your fellow online beatmakers. With time to learn from Spy Hop’s teaching artists and independent work time your afternoons will fly by and end with an online meetup to share your work with your crew. This program is best for intermediate to advanced students, beginners are encouraged to take a beat making Media Lab prior to participation.

How it Works:

In this drop-in style class, you will first meet on a Zoom call for introductions and short instruction from two mentors. You will also sign up for a free, private server (Discord) to use for on-going conversation and to easily be able to share your music and lyrics with your peers in real time. 

Using a provided free pack of sample sounds you will have two hours to create an original beat using only those samples. Or, if you want to rap or sing, you can download beats created by other youth beatmakers, compose your own lyrics and record yourself performing in a two-hour window. You can use whatever music production software you have on hand, or you can download a free version of Ableton Live. Mentors will be available for online chats and tips as needed while you make your music. After two hours of working independently, your group will reconvene using Zoom to share the music you’ve created and vote on beats and raps. Whoever wins the challenge will give the group a short walk-through of the process they went through to create their music. You can then utilize the server to continue to collaborate and share ideas with one another. Over time music created in Beat Challenges will be compiled and distributed via SoundCloud.

What Happens in this Class:

  • Expand your beatmaking abilities using software.
  • Connect with a community of musicians online.
  • Learn production techniques on industry standard software currently used by professionals in the music industry.
  • Increase your efficiency when making music.

Materials & Gear Needed:

  • Computer
  • Some form of beatmaking software. Ableton Live – Trial is free for 90 days – get it here: https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/
  • Internet connection
  • Discord username and password

Beat Challenge

Ages 13 - 19

FREE

Beat Challenge Schedule:

Fridays

1:00 – 1:30 – Zoom meeting, Icebreakers, sign up for Discord, instruction on beatmaking.
1:30 – 4:00 – Participants work independently, but can check in with Mo about the process using Discord.
4:00 – 5:00 – Meet on a Zoom call to listen to beats and vote!

All classes are offered in Mountain Standard Time. Specific instructions for how to join the class will be emailed to the participants.

Current and Upcoming Sessions

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Friday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Spend your Fridays online with a community of like-minded music producers and beat makers. Learn tips and tricks from the Spy Hop pros and
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Friday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Spend your Fridays online with a community of like-minded music producers and beat makers. Learn tips and tricks from the Spy Hop pros and
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Friday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Spend your Fridays online with a community of like-minded music producers and beat makers. Learn tips and tricks from the Spy Hop pros and
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Friday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Spend your Fridays online with a community of like-minded music producers and beat makers. Learn tips and tricks from the Spy Hop pros and
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Friday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Spend your Fridays online with a community of like-minded music producers and beat makers. Learn tips and tricks from the Spy Hop pros and