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Ableton Live: The Basics and Beyond

Course Description

Ableton Live is the choice of many music producers and DJs as it provides a level of interactivity for live performance not available in other packages. You can use it as a traditional sequencer or integrate Ableton into live DJ and music performances. The course will provide a solid foundation in using Ableton and will help you develop an understanding of the basics of music production.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

You will need to have a confident level of ability in basic computer skills. You should also have some knowledge of music creation or performance as a DJ or instrumentalist / vocalist. However, a strong interest in music production and a desire to succeed will enable you to gain valuable skills from the course.

You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.

Course Content

The course will focus upon learning Ableton Live through an understanding of the basics of music production. You will be encouraged to develop your keyboard skills and engage with basic music theory.

Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10-weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the early bird discount.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn through:

Practical music making activities
Peer assessment
Listening and analysis
Demonstration and discussion
Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom / ILearn)
Individual practice
Use of ILT (computers)
Continuous assessment


You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.

Next Steps and Progression

Upon successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to accredited courses at Level 1 or other courses from our digital provision such as Logic X.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat, phone on 020 7255 4700 or email

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572