AbletonAbleton LIVE is popular software used in secondary level Music Technology courses to engage students in music and music making. This course is designed to give participants tools, materials, and techniques to successfully use Ableton LIVE in their own classroom. During the course, participants will have projects to create music using Ableton LIVE that can be uses as models in their own classrooms. Participants will leave the course with an advanced set of tools, lessons, projects, and ideas to design curricular materials for their students.

This course is offered online in four (4)  Topics/Units. Participants will log into a secure Learning Management System, MusicEdTech Moodle Classroom, to receive course materials including readings, lesson plans for teaching with Ableton Live, assignments for student use, video instruction on how to use the software, video instruction on teaching with Ableton, pertinent audio, MIDI files and assignments for participants. Assignments simulate student assignments in the lesson plans to demonstrate content and technical proficiency. Participants will share work and comment on other participants work via our online, secure classroom.

THIS COURSE IS CLOSED FOR SUMMER 2015. For more information about future offerings, please contact us by using our Contact Form                                          

What you’ll get out of the course:
  • a working understanding of electronic music vocabulary and techniques, including recording, mixing, MIDI arrangement and sampling
  • develop skills and techniques for creating music with contemporary technology tools
  • obtain materials to design a successful curriculum using Ableton LIVE
  • create music that can be used as models for student projects
  • enhance their ability to design and deliver music composition projects using technology
Who should take this course?

This course is for secondary music educators who are interested in utilizing Ableton Live, a professional level Digital Audio Workstation, in their music classes or for anyone wanting an overview of how to use Ableton Live.

Teaching Music with Ableton Live includes:
  • 4 session course delivered asynchronously. Learn on your own schedule within the course weeks
  • All course materials to complete the course
  • Topics/Unit notes including any reference sheets and charts
  • List of resources to use in the classroom
  • Access to training videos on the software
  • Professional development certificate of completion is available. Please check with your district about requirements and pre-approval before registering for the course.
  • One graduate credit is available for an additional fee to the issuing university. Please click here for more information about graduate credit.
By the end of this course you will know and be able to:
  • teach your students to use Ableton as a tool to manipulate and save compositions
  • teach your students basic music technology terminology
  • understand the basic and advanced equipment available for a computer lab
  • understand issues of and solutions for music lab classroom management
  • know the difference and utilization of software instrument and audio tracks
  • distinguish and use MIDI and audio regions
  • use pre-recorded loops or original recordings
  • build scene transitions (form segments like Verse/Chorus or ABACAD, etc.)
  • record from Session View into Arrangement View
  • sample external sources into clips, Drum Racks, Sampler
  • understand warping/beat matching/time stretching, audio effects,
  • understand the basics of mixing techniques including the use of sends/returns
  • understand the use of MIDI effects including auto-chords, arpeggiator, ands how to scale lock as composition tools
What you will need:
  • A computer with internet access
  • Ableton Live installed and working on your computer
Cost and Payment Terms

Cost: US $295.00. An optional one (1) graduate credit is available.

Payment options for the course are:

  • Credit card (via the Paypal website. No Paypal account necessary.)
  • Paypal
  • Invoice option available for schools and businesses in the US. Purchase order number required at time of registration
  • Payment or PO must be received before the first course date. Please also note the course cancellation policy
  • If you wish to sign up for the course, but do not yet have approval (a PO) from your school, please email me.
Music Ed Tech Cancellation Policy

Please review the MusicEdTech Cancellation Policy.

To cancel your registration for a class, please use our Contact Form or send an email to: support(at)

How to register

Registration for the course is separate from the optional graduate credit registration. Register for this course using the button at the bottom of this page. You will be given the option to pay via PayPal, credit card or a personal check. If you are paying via credit card, click on the PayPal option. You DO NOT need a PayPal account to pay via credit card. PayPal is the vehicle through which we collect and charge your credits card. There are no additional fees to you.

If you would like graduate credit, please register for the course on this registration site before processing the paperwork and fees to the university. For school purchases orders, please use the contact form to make a request.
This course is also offered for Graduate Credits.

Tuition for the course is $295 (graduate credit is optional and separate)                  
Graduate Credit:

MusicEdTech has partnered with the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development (NCSD) to make graduate credits available for all MusicEdTech online courses through the Van Loan School at Endicott College. Endicott College is a fully accredited undergraduate and graduate school through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., (NEASC).

K-12 educators can use these graduate credits toward

  • salary advancement
  • certification
  • license renewal
  • degree completion

Please check with your district, graduate school or state department of education for their graduate credit requirements.

Each MusicEdTech online course is eligible for one (1) graduate credit for an additional $200 payable to the Northeast Consortium for Staff Development who will process all the paperwork with Endicott College Van Loan School. Please download this Endicott RegIstration Form Ableton and send to NCSD along wit your payment of $200 for one graduate credit. You may also register by calling NCSD directly at (978) 322-2203.

The Endicott College course number for TEACHING MUSIC WITH ABLETON LIVE is EDPX541.

Please note that MusicEdTech does not give, exchange, process or give transcripts for graduate credit. All transactions payments and cancellations for graduate credit are through NCSD. Transcripts can be obtained directly through Endicott College at the completion of the course by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Please allow at least two weeks after the course completion for your grades to be processed.

Instructor: Will Kuhn

kuhn_ThumbA classically trained percussionist, Will Kuhn teaches Music Technology at Lebanon High School, and also serves as District Music Coordinator for Lebanon City Schools. In 2006 he designed the pop-music focused music tech program, which involves over 350 students annually. He also advises the school’s TV Studio and Recording Club, which produces a full length album of student produced music each year as well as the innovative Electronic Music Group. The school’s Electronic Music Group has been invited to perform at numerous state and regional conventions. He also serves as president of the Ohio chapter of TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators).

He holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from Miami University and a Master of Science in Music Technology from Indiana University (IUPUI) where he studied with Fred Rees, David Peters, and Scott Deal.


Week 1: Course Management Software, Basics of Ableton LIVE

  1. Course learning management software
  2. Expectations for participation in the course
  3. Review of the course materials and technology to implement the course
  4. Philosophy of Interactive Music Creation
  5. Session View vs. Arrangement View
  6. Recording into Clip Slots
  7. Accessing Hardware – Microphones & Software Instruments • Assign/Demo Clip Trigger project

Week 2: Sampling, Beat matching, Time Stretching

  1. Sampling external sources
    1. Into clips
    2. Into Drum Racks
    3. Into Simpler
  2. Warping/Beat matching/Time stretching Examples
  3. Copyright implications of sampling
  4. Demonstration of Beat Sampling project

Week 3: Mixing and Cool effects

  1. Mixing techniques
  2. Audio effects
  3. Sends/Returns • MIDI effects
  4. Auto-chords, Arpeggiator, scale lock as composition tools
  5. Controllers

Week 4: Finished projects

  1. More effects
  2. More mixing
  3. Finishing the project
  4. Exporting formats





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