Music Production in Ableton Short Course

Nationally recognised accredited training

All short courses are units of competency that have come directly from one of our full qualifications.



This highly practical short-course has students examining the fundamentals of music composition within the context of DAW Ableton LIVE. An overview of the topics and information covered includes the following —

  • Key setup principles of Ableton LIVE
  • Session versus arrangement views
  • Composing with Ableton’s MIDI instruments and software tracks
  • Working with digital audio files incl. drag and drop, looping and warp functionality 
  • Loop based composing principles such as repetition, variation and contrast
  • Remixing a commercially released pop-song
  • Interpreting a musical score and inputting MIDI data accurately
  • Mixing in Ableton LIVE incl. panning, automation, gain staging and more 
  • Export and archive operations
  • Writing reflectively

Lesson Schedule

  • Familiarity with DAW Ableton LIVE
  • Key terminology, functions and operation
  • Applying the basics of Ableton LIVE
  • Students begin work on a loop based composition
  • Essential audio editing operations
  • Students remix a commercially released pop song
  • Interpreting a score and inputting notes
  • Embedded musical fundamentals incl. pitch, rhythm and form
  • Composing a melody over an existing arrangement
  • Timbre, note choice and related concepts
  • Essential details re mixing in Ableton LIVE
  • Functions of various track types incl. auxiliary and master fader
  • Basic digital audio theory
  • Differences between digital audio file types
  • Common methods for archiving DAW projects
  • Students post examples of their work
  • Feedback provided is to be incorporated into final submission
  • Reflective writing overview


Required Resources

  • Recent model computer able to run Ableton LIVE
  • High-speed internet connection
  • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or similar
  • Arturia MiniLab
  • Ableton LIVE Lite
  • Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro studio headphones


More about our Short Courses

Short courses are a great way to study a topic of interest without having the long term commitment. A lot of students start with a short course and then move into a full qualification after completing the short course.

How long do I have to finish?

You have a maximum of 6 months to complete your short course. It is possible to finish your course a lot sooner though.