He lays down a wicked beat and already knows how to mix for maximum impact. His name is Noah Goldstein, budding music producer and camper at Digital Media Academy music production camp.

Noah was reportedly sad to see DMA camp end this summer. No problem, Noah. That’s why there’s next summer…when DMA returns to Northwestern!

Noah’s a 12-year-old from Evanston, Illinois – the same town that hosts respected Northwestern University. While there this past July, he took DMA’s two-week Academy for Music Production, taught by Chris Gourlay.

We caught up with Noah a few months later, and he’s still jazzed about the experience:


What did you actually create in our Academy for Music Production course?
I created a song using Ableton Live, a software I never used before.

Cool How did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
Fantastic. I felt like I was starting to get the hang of Ableton, coming from another software. Now Ableton is on my wish list for the holidays, and one of the top- priority things I want.

What were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
Well, of course the music creation was a ton of fun. I love producing, and it calms me down and makes me happier. Other than producing, playing Ultimate Frisbee was loads of fun. We always got a big group of people and played the best games. I didn’t even know how to play Ultimate Frisbee before camp. And now, camp made me love it.

I made many friends at camp. All of the people in my class were all friends.
– DMA Music Production student Noah Goldstein

Do you think you’ll use what you learned at DMA when you’re back at your regular school?
Of course! I’m going to get Ableton now because of the class I took, and start to use Ableton more along with the other software I use.

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
Yes!!!! I don’t know if I will take the Ableton class again since I now know Ableton at a beginner level, but I could do some coding and developing. I want to learn more about those subjects, too.

Would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
To the friends who are into technology, totally. This camp has the coolest teachers and they would love the experience.

Before camp was even over, Noah was trying to find out about next summer’s DMA camps!

Did you make friends at DMA camp this summer?
I made many friends at camp. All of the people in my class were all friends. We all could relate to what music we like and listen to, so I developed a unique bond that I never experienced before.

Were your parents pleased with your DMA experience?
Oh yeah! The only thing they weren’t pleased about was me begging for Ableton since I loved the course so much! But my parents were very happy I had a good time at camp.


Part of successfully being able to create interesting music is working in a nurturing environment where your artistic contributions are valued. That’s Digital Media Academy, where kids and teens feel fully supported in all creative activities and are given the freedom to express themselves as budding artists.

Everybody marches to the beat of a different drummer. At DMA summer tech camps, our job is to help you find the best ways not to sound like anybody else, but instead deliver that full and rich sound that’s already in you.

Our goal: To bring out what’s best and unique about your sound. Come find out this coming summer at DMA music production camps, like Noah G. did!

Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!