WAM provides rigorous, immersive training in professional audio and the recording arts with award-winning women and gender-expansive instructors. Sign-up to build your skills and take the next step in your audio journey!

All classes are now virtual until further notice. Offerings will be listed here.


WAM Level 1: Intro to Recording & Audio Production

Consists of 8 sessions and covers the following outline:

  1. Science of Sound
  2. Signal flow and the Recording Chain
  3. Microphones
  4. Digital Audio and recording with Digital Audio Workstations
  5. Basic Audio Connection and Soldering

February 15 – April 5, 2021

Mondays 6-8:30pm PST

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Introduction to Electronic Music Production in Ableton

Learn how to navigate and use Ableton Live including:

  • Understanding the Session/Arrangement views
  • How to use clips
  • Adding effects
  • Understanding and using MIDI
  • Recording
  • Sampling

Note: This course focuses on using Ableton in a digital audio recording and production environment. Attendees should have intermediate computer skills. Classes include a combination of lecture and hands-on learning. We recommend taking Level 1 as a prerequisite to all other WAM classes. 

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WAM Level 2  – Intermediate Level

Consists of 6 sessions. Learn to use the gear and systems in WAM’s professional recording studio, from large format consoles to patch bays, headphone systems, microphone selection and techniques, and signal processors (EQ, dynamic and time-based processing). Level 2 covers the following outline:

  1. Recording in a Professional Studio
  2. Microphone Placement Techniques
  3. Mixing and Signal Processing

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Introduction to Live Sound – Beginner/Intermediate Level

Learn the basics of live sound with an industry veteran at a professional music venue. Spend the day focusing on live sound techniques while working with a live band.

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Master Classes – Advanced Level

We strongly recommend looking at class prerequisites before enrolling in Master courses.

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Not all courses are offered each year. Examples of past Master Classes below:


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  Donate HERE! Less than 5% of the messages in our lives are created by women. WAM serves over 2,000 women and girls a year from the most vulnerable communities in California with low or no cost creative technology and STEM training: 96% low income 91% women and girls of color 30-40% high school dropout … Read more

WAM named one of SF Weekly’s Best of 2019: People & Places

  WAM was named one of SF Weekly’s Best of 2019: People & Places in the “Best Hope for the Future of Music” category. Read the full roundup here.