We are huge believers in the power of musicianship. So, we decided to open a full course that is designed especially with the modern producer in mind. You don’t have to play 500 year old classical pieces to develop piano skills for the studio.This course takes a modern approach to teach you how to play with techniques from your favorite styles.

In this course you will learn how to play the keys in the studio while working on your productions, and/or collaborating with other musicians. The course is designed for students from beginner to advanced experience.


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    Music Theory

    Scales, Chords, Intervals

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    Right-Hand Techniques

    Soloing Techniques, Improvising, Melody Development

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     Left-Hand Techniques

    Bass, Inversion, Ghost Notes, Shell Voicing

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     Two Hands Skills

    Comping, Voicing, Chord Styling for Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk, Jazz & EDM

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    Pitch Bend, Modulation, After Touch, Sustain and Expression Pedals

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     Class Jams

    Unique Classroom Setup with Futuristic Computer Jams


Piano for Producers: Level I, is an introductory course to the fundamentals of music theory and piano performance. The course aims to teach students with little to no previous formal musical training how to understand the basics of harmony, and how to develop basic keyboard skills that are essential for producers. Over the course of eight weeks, the class will learn major scales, triads, seventh chords, how to read notation, rhythm, and submit a composition.

PFP101 – Anatomy

Explore the anatomy of the keyboard, learn note names, sharps and flats, reading in C position, examine basic music notation, C and G major scales.

PFP102 – Triads

Learn major and minor triad formulas, practice playing simple progressions on classroom keyboards, D and A major scales.

PFP103 – Inversions

Understanding chord inversions, practice chord progressions using faster techniques, E and B major scales, begin composition project.

PFP104 – Chord Colors

Explore triad chord colors and non-chord tones, practice new chords in different keys, F and Bb major scales, learn how to notate compositions.

PFP105 – Natural Minor

Learn natural minor scales, assemble seventh chords in different keys, understand the theory for how larger chords are composed.

PFP106 – Tonal Similarity

Understand the circle of fifths and how keys are related, learn how a relative minor shares the same collection of notes with a major key, understanding what it means for keys to have tonal similarity and how to identify scales and chords that are highly compatible, class workshop on compositions.

PFP107 – Intro to Diatonicism

Overview of the diatonic chords and how to determine which chords are in the same key, develop more compositional tools using the ditonic scale, expand chord vocabulary by exploring major and minor ninth chords.

PFP108 – Final

Students perform their composition projects on their keyboard, compositions are submitted in written notated form, concepts are reviewed, in class deconstruction and analysis of suggested songs.


Piano for Producers: Level II, is an comprehensive course exploring music theory, jazz theory, and technical keyboard skills. The course is designed for musicians and producers who have some previous musical training in music fundamentals and keyboard skills.

Over the course of eight weeks, students learn how to compose using non-chord tones, jazz voicings, slash chords, pentatonic scales, and modal mixture, in additional to transposition, chromaticism, and improvisation. It is the successor course to Piano for Prodcuers Level I.

PFP201 – All Keys

The class explores transposing progressions into all keys, learning the order of sharps and flats, understanding the freedom in using any key for composition.

PFP202 – Colors and Voicings

Learn new voicings for seventh chords, add exotic colors to chords, discover how to make harmony sounds lush and full.

PFP203 – Modal Mixture

Explore how to compose outside the diatonic system by borrowing from other modes using modal mixture. Discover the recontextualization in slash chords, and how to use Pentatonic scales over different keys.

PFP204 – Modes

Discover ancient scales called modes that allow for different harmonies outside the typical major and minor systems. Practice composing using chromaticism with chords, and begin the composition project.

PFP205 – Improvisation

Learn how to use improvisation as a tool for writing melodic ideas. Understand the
guidelines used by great improvisers to create memorable lines. Discuss and practice using expression technqies for modern keyboard instruments (mod wheel, pitch bend, etc.)

PFP206 – Analysis

Dissect recommended songs using transcription and ear training. Break songs down into chord structures and form. In depth analysis of composing techniques.

PFP207 – Composition Workshop

Present rough drafts of compositions in notated form for review among teacher and peers. In class workshop of covered concepts in class for use in composition projects.

PFP208 – Final

Students perform their composition projects on their keyboard, compositions are submitted in written notated form, concepts are reviewed, in class masterclass by instructor.




DATES October 2018, January 2019

SCHEDULING Sundays 11-1PM or Sundays 2-4PM





8 Weeks


October 2018, January 2019

Sundays 11-1PM or Sundays 2-4PM


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     Access to Beat Lab Online Course Curriculum
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    Small classrooms for maximum attention (up to 6 students)
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    In-class personal station with semi-weighted MIDI keyboards
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    Exclusive student discounts on premium piano/rhodes plugins
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    Piano, theory and rhythm cheat sheet
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    Performance & collaboration oppotunities after graduation


This course is for music producers who want to improve their music theory knowledge and pick up modern piano tips and tricks.

Fits beginners and advanced players alike.

We offer two class times

Early Sunday: 11-1PM

Late Sunday: 2-4PM

Yes absolutely.

You can book your class visit HERE

Call: 323-999-7815

or Email: info@beatlabacademy.com

You only need a laptop.

We can provide the software, headphones, speakers, keyboard, and accessories while you are in school.

It is recommended to have a MIDI keyboard at home.

If you are not sure on which MIDI keyboard to get talk to us first.

As a Beat Lab student, you will also get exclusive discounts on MIDI keyboards and plugin software.


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