UPSTART Electronic Music Education offers workshops and certified trainings for composition, arrangement, mixing & mastering and live performance.
We’re glad you are interested in the music production courses offered by UPSTART. Starting in 2016 we’ll be extending our program and offer courses for English speakers as well.
This specific page sums up all relevant details regarding English courses and gives you a brief overview about UPSTART in general.
UPSTART offers high-quality classroom courses and workshops for electronic music production in Berlin and online with a wide range of topics for both beginners and advanced students.
- beat programming,
- song structure and arrangement,
- mixing and mastering,
- synthesis and sound design,
- music theory,
- live performance techniques and more.
Each course is designed to help our students realize their own musical ideas.
All UPSTART Berlin workshops and classroom courses take place at our classroom at ARTtraktiv, located at Beilsteiner Straße 121 in 12681 Berlin-Mahrzahn. (Estimated travel time by public transport from S/U Warschauer Strasse to S Springpfuhl is about 15 minutes.)
To provide extensive support, assistance and mentoring for all students all courses are usually not exceeding the number of eight students.
Facilities / Equipment
Our classroom provides a modern, high quality technical environment which enables our students to explore all aspects of electronic music production and develop individual live performances.
Our facility is equipped with multiple workstations, featuring
8 Apple iMac 21,5 workstations
Ableton Live Suite Edition
Ableton Push 2
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Audio-Interfaces
Novation Impulse 25 Keyboard-Controller
AKG-240 Studio Headphones
We do share our knowledge! Our mission is to inspire and enable our students to achieve their creative goals.
Our program fully supports an individual and creative approach towards music production and encourages students to develop a musical style and expression of their own.
Through multiple teaching approaches, perspectives and methodologies, our aim is to help our students develop artistic work, make and perform music and to fully actualize their own creative ideas.
Our incstructor are experienced musicians, establishes producers and Ableton Certified Trainers with a longtime experience in the music industry who provide their special knowledge and mentor our students to help them develop and grow as artists.
We’ve met our goals when participants of UPSTART courses widen their musical vision and learn about new technical aspects of music production, even more create new and exciting music inspired by this experience.
Beyond our classroom and online courses we’re committed to networking, integration and organization of local scenes. One aspect of this work is the buzzing Ableton User Group Berlin which was co-established by UPSTART founder Maya C. Sternel in August 2014.
Founder of UPSTART, Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Ableton Certified Trainer
Maya Consuelo Sternel is a Berlin based musician, DJ and producer, combining bass music with Theremin, and the very first female Ableton certified trainer. Her music got released internationally on various labels. She also composed turntable concerts for philharmonic orchestra and DJ as well as contributions for soundtracks like the movie “kurz und schmerzlos” by Fatih Akim. She studied audio engineering and made a Master of Arts in Systematic Musicology at the university of Hamburg with a focus on electronic music and DJ culture. She is founder of UPSTART. In addition she writes regularly for the “Beat” magazine and is author of the book “Beat Programmierung”
Instructor for UPSTART courses in English, Musician & Sound Designer, Ableton & ProTools Expert, Ableton Certified Trainer
Timo Preece is an accomplished audio technologist, multi-media consultant, sound designer and electronic musician. He graduated with a degree in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and a Masters in Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh, UK. From conceptualizing and building cutting-edge setups for audio/visual performance to offering inventive solutions for composition, production and technology integration, Timo has worked with a wide variety of sound enthusiasts, companies and world renown artists.
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