WAM provides rigorous, immersive training in professional audio and the recording arts with award-winning women and gender non-conforming (GNC) 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

Check back in January for 2021 dates.

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:


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

WAM Level 1 – Intro to Audio Production and Recording, Winter 2020

8 Monday evenings (1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16) | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Learn audio production and basic recording techniques used in recording everything from podcasts to music. Register here! In this 8-class series you will: Gain an understanding of the physics and science behind sound Learn basic recording techniques, and about signal flow and the recording chain Learn how microphones work and basic microphone selection and placement … Read more

WAM Member Event: Audio for Advertising Workshop at Pandora

September 10th, 2019 | 6:30PM-9:00PM

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 – 9:00 PM Location: Pandora HQ, 2100 Franklin Street, Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94612 Cost: FREE for WAM Members! Register HERE! Become a WAM member This workshop will serve as an introduction to audio advertising. Participants will be taken through the process of creating an ad from the pre-production stage … Read more