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What type of courses do you offer at Beat Lab?

How much experience do I need before taking the Beat Lab Certification Program?

Level I is aimed for complete beginners. Students who are new to music production, or have some experience with DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations). If you have prior knowledge and would like to step up your production skills, You can jump straight to Level II, or Level III (based on a practical test).

We will always have something to improve your production skills, no matter your experience level.

Should I take a course, of private lessons?

This all depends on your own personal goals. At Beat Lab Academy™, we provide two different environments, and both have their own advantages:

In the Lab (classroom), classes come equipped with desks that are designed to be interactive with other classmates while the instructor facilitates, teaches, and interacts with students.

You will get a musical environment with like minded people, and potential future music partners.

If you’re looking for the full Beat Lab Academy™ experience, we recommend our Beat Lab Certificate Program.

In our Private Lessons, the private studios will be the environment, and will only contain the instructor and student. This is designed for students who would like more focused time with an instructor and their music. Private lessons are for those who require a flexible schedule, and strive to achieve individual artistic goals.

I'm not a beginner, do I still need to start at level I?

If you have a solid understanding in music production as introduced in our Level I course, then you can take a practical test to see if you can fit directly in our Level II course – Artist Progression.

If you would like help deciding which course best suits your needs, call us and we would love to help.

The course I want is full. What should I do?

We suggest you register at least 2 months in advance. Due to limited space, our classrooms fill up quickly.If the course you wanted is full, Call us and see the current sales we have on private session packs.

Will I have multiple Instructors at Beat Lab?

Our teachers are working professionals in the industry, and offer their own style to our programs. In each course, you will be exposed to multiple instructors, each with his/her own expertise.

Will I become an Ableton Certified Trainer after I complete your Beat Lab Certificate Program?

The certificate that you receive at the end of any of our programs is a certificate of completion. This is not to certify you as an Ableton Certified Trainer.

I'm a foreign student. Do you offer student visa?

We are not currently able to offer student visas. However, you can come to the US using a tourist visa. Please click here for more details.

LAB LIFE

What kind of benefits do I get as a Beat Lab Academy student?

As Beat Lab Academy Student you get:
– Accesses to our studios.
– Student flash drive with all the plugins and samples you’ll need.
– Access to our online school.
– Discounts on pro audio hardware and software.
– Free exclusive workshops and seminars.

What do I need to bring to class?

You will need to bring your laptop and headphones.

It is recommended to have Ableton Live 9, but if you don’t have it, we will provide you with the software and setup required for class.

What happens if I miss class?

All class notes and assignments will be posted online, and should cover the main topics learned in the lesson.

Lab hours can be a great way to catch up for any missed classes, where an instructor or staff member will be available for assistance.

Another option is to book a one-hour makeup lesson ($75). You will be charged the full amount if you cancel, change, or miss your appointment for a private/makeup lesson with less than 24 hours notice.

I lost something in school, who can I talk too?

You can contact Administration, or check the lost-and-found bin.

What genres of music do you mainly teach?

We provide our students the production skills that can be applied to any style of music.

Our teachers are skilled in the art of styling, which allows them to target what makes a genre sound the way it sounds.

We encourage you to expand your musical horizon. If it’s EDM, Hip-hop, rock, jazz or any type of style you are into, we got you covered.

FACILITIES

How can I schedule an appointment to come check out Beat Lab Academy's facilities?

To Schedule a visit, call us at (323) 999-7815, or email at info@beatlabacademy.com You can also use the Contact Us page.

Does Beat Lab Academy offers any studio time beyond the class hours?

Yes. We have both daytime and evening lab hours in order to fit your schedule. Check with the office for a schedule of upcoming Lab Hours.For Level I students, Lab hours will be scheduled with an instructor.

For level II and III students, Lab hours can be scheduled individually without an instructor assistant.

Can you recommend equipment and help me set it up?

Our instructors are familiar with all pro audio equipment. They can help recommend the right gear for student needs, may also offer student discounts, and help set it up.

How will you help me fit in the industry after I graduate?

Beat Lab Academy™ thrives on personal growth in our students journey, and provide the means to achieve professional goals.

Our school, instructors, network, and environment encourage creative expression and tools to prosper at any level.

We are not a vocational institute, and do not provide career placement services.

I'm thinking of moving to Los Angeles. Where should I live?

Beat Lab is located at Eagle Rock, an up and coming neighborhood right next to Hollywood.There is public transportation and parking to and at the school so you can live anywhere.

But, LA is LA and travel times can exceed expectation so we will recommend checking out one of these areas:

Eagle Rock, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Silverlake, Echo Park or Downtown LA.

Where is Beat Lab Academy located and do you have any other locations?

Beat Lab Academy™ 2501 Colorado Blvd, Unit B Los Angeles, CA 90041

We currently do not have other locations

SCHEDULING

Which dates the school is closed during the year?

Beat Lab will be closed during these holidays:

Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving through that Sunday, and from Christmas Eve through New Years Day.

How long are Beat Lab Academy courses?

Beat Lab Certification program runs for 4 months

Level I – 6 weeks

Level II – 6 weeks

Level III – 4 weeks

What if I need to change my course starting date?

Privates lessons can be rescheduled if notice is given 24 hours before the lesson.

Due to small class sizes and limited amount of space, we are currently unable to offer transfers, or holds on any courses or workshops.

Can I switch to a different course date after starting the course?

Due to small class sizes and limited amount of space, we are unable to offer transfers or holds on any courses, workshops or privates.

PAYMENTS

How do I enroll and pay for courses?

1. Walk-In: Make an appointment to come in, pay by credit card, check, or cash.

2. Buzz Us: Call (323) 999-7815 to enroll with a representative, using a credit card. You may also mail a check, made out to “Beat Lab”.

3. Online: After selecting desired course, click on the “Take this Course” button to view, and enter credit card information.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes we have a few options for payments plans.

Please contact payments@beatlabacademy.com for more info.

Can I get a refund, or transfer to another course?

Please check our terms and policies regrading refunds.

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