WAM provides rigorous, hands-on training in professional audio and the recording arts in a world-class recording studio with award-winning women and gender non-conforming (GNC) instructors. 

Registration for Winter 2020 classes now open.


WAM Level 1 – Beginner Level

Offered twice a year

Upcoming dates: 8 Monday evenings (1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16). Registration full.

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

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 – Upcoming dates: 5/6 & 5/13
  2. Microphone Placement Techniques – Upcoming dates: 6/10 & 6/17
  3. Mixing and Signal Processing – Upcoming dates: 7/15 & 7/22

Registration for 2020 classes open soon. Check back for updates.

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.

Spring Session – April 11, 2020. Register here.

Fall Session – October 3-4, 2020. Check back for Registration.

Master Classes – Advanced Level

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

Registration for other 2020 Master Classes open soon. Check back for updates.

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


Introduction to Live Sound, Spring 2020

Saturday, April 11th | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Learn the basics of live sound with an industry veteran at a professional music venue (Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse) with a top-notch sound system designed and installed by Meyer Sound Labs of Berkeley! Register here. Spend two days focusing on live sound techniques while working with a live band to learn: The components of a … Read more

Intermediate Pro Tools, Winter 2020

3 Wednesdays (3/18, 3/25, 4/1) | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The class expands on the principles taught in the Introduction to Pro Tools course and introduces core concepts and skills you will need to operate a Pro Tools system running mid-sized sessions with dozens of tracks. Register here! An existing knowledge of Pro Tools is required to take this course. This course is for folks … Read more

Introduction to Pro Tools, Winter 2020

3 Tuesdays (2/11, 2/18, 2/25) from 6:30-9:00pm | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Introduction to Pro Tools teaches the fundamentals of using a Pro Tools system, the digital audio workstation (DAW) most used in professional recording studios. Register here! In this class you will: Learn to build sessions that include multitrack recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, and virtual instruments Develop essential techniques for recording, editing, and mixing … Read more