Apply to be considered for a recording residency here!

WAM’s artist development classes develop the careers and creativity of local women musicians, songwriters and composers. We provide access to music production and technology training, industry professionals (management, booking agents, producers, etc.), internet exposure, and performance and recording opportunities, all within a supportive community.

  • Music Business Workshops with Industry Professionals: Booking Agents/Talent Buyers, Managers, Producers and Entertainment Attorneys (last round featured agents from Slim’s, Great American Music Hall, Leafy Green, Roberta Flack’s Manager, Tough Love Management, Attorneys for Santana, Camper Van Beethoven Rappin’ 4 Tay), Managers)
  • Song/Demo Review Sessions moderated by industry professionals. Get feedback on your songs/demos and career advice in a supportive environment.
  • Recording and Live Sound Technology Workshops tailored to musicians and songwriters. Learn the basics of the technology so you can better achieve the sound that you want and also learn about technology that can aid in the composition process. Learn to set up a PA and the best way to do a sound check.


Live Sound 101: How to set-up bands for live performance

Sat, Aug 14 – Sun, Aug 15, 2021 | 10am - 3pm PDT

Learn to set-up live sound in a 500-person venue, the historic Berkeley club Freight & Salvage!  Join WAM instructor and live sound specialist Heidi Trefethen for a 2-day class on how to set-up live sound in a 500-person venue, the historic Berkeley club Freight & Salvage. On day 1, students will learn the basics including … Read more

Electronic Music: Ableton 11 with Trovarsi

Postponed - check back in Fall 2021/Spring 2022! | 6:00pm-8:30pm PDT

Part 1 – Introduction to Ableton Live 11 Learn the basics of how to produce music in Ableton Live 11 including recording clips, the difference between midi and analog, how to load sounds, understanding arrangement views, and more. No prior experience with Ableton is required, though you will need to download the latest version of … Read more

Pro Tools Basics

July 12, 19, 26 OR August 2, 9, 16 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm PDT

  Pro Tools is the industry standard for audio engineers. In this class taught by WAM Lead Studio Engineer Mary Ann Zahorsky, students will learn the fundamentals of Pro Tools, common workflows, and essential tools for recording, editing and mixing. Participants must have a version of Pro Tools to work from, and all classes will … Read more