Digital Media Academy

What will I do?

What goes in my Future-key Portfolio?

Meet your co-pilot

Digital Media Academy is delighted to announce our Curriculum Designer & Lead
Instructor for Music Production.

Peter Borotto

Peter is a producer, composer and educator from Washington D.C. accomplished on guitar, bass, drums, piano and brass. He has performed extensively, including at prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center, and written for Warner Music, NBC, Bravo, TLC, ESPN, Hallmark and Discovery. He also has received multiple industry awards for his music in adverts.
As an educator, Peter’s audio engineering and music production curricula have been distributed across North America. He can dissect any song by ear and invariably includes industry-relevant examples, from Dolly Parton to Diplo, in his teaching. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music Performance in Composition with minors in conducting and recording from The University of North Carolina. In short, Peter is your ticket to developing into a multitalented music producer equipped to make a living in the 21st-century music industry.
Fact: Peter can produce the grimiest dubstep wobble bass or the most beautiful string section you’ve ever heard.

Find your Level

Our unique 8-level program is completely modular and blends synchronous (live) with asynchronous (independent) learning to reflect the world of work. Each Level lasts 12 weeks, 2 sessions per week. Sessions last 1.5 hours (90 mins). Select a Level to see days, times and term dates.

Are you new to Ableton Live and looking to develop your skills?

Have you completed our Intro to Music Production with Ableton Tech Camp?

Have you completed our Music Production & Songwriting with Ableton Tech Camp?

Are you competent in using Ableton Live but have not completed one of our Tech Camps?

Find your Level

Our unique 8-level program is completely modular and blends synchronous (live)
with asynchronous (independent) learning to reflect the world of work. Each Level
lasts 10 weeks, 2 sessions per week. Sessions last 1.5 hours (90 mins).
Select a Level to see days, times and term dates.

MIDI & Beatmaking

The essential first step for any budding music producer to create your first beats on Ableton Live. Master MIDI, looping, recording, editing, quantizing and drum machines.

Songwriting & Structure

Develop the music theory essentials that turn basic tracks into great songs: key, chord progression, basslines, melody, voice leading, arranging and lyric-writing.

Audio & Sampling

Ever wondered why your tracks sound like your software? Delve into the world of audio, build unique sampler instruments and stamp your distinct sonic identity.

Recording Vocals & Instruments

Understand microphone selection and positioning, interfaces, recording techniques and isolation for both voice and instruments, and open doors as a studio and live audio engineer.

Mixing & FX

Some producers call it fairy dust; some call it ear candy; we call it post-production. Apply dynamics processes and audio effects like compression, reverb and EQ and learn to create a ‘3D’ mix.

Remixing & Arranging

Focusing on both the musical and technical elements, develop the skills essential for a career in hip hop, dance, pop and other electronic genres.

The Music Industry

Present yourself professionally through networking and your EPK while learning about job roles and income streams in the music industry you never knew existed.

Music Products

Refine and complete your portfolio to maximize its appeal for a specific musical career field and take yourself into the market to find professional work.

Example student portfolio

Enjoy what Digital Media Students past and present have created.

Kanari

Nathan Eclypse

Sob

Troy

Oil Spi11

Jude Vadebogert

“There are so many bedroom producers writing amazing tracks… Why aren’t we hearing them? It’s not because they don’t have the skills; it’s because they don’t know how to access the industry. Tech Accelerators don’t just make you better, they make you better connected.”
— David Crozier | Music Director, East London Arts & Music