The Art of Hip‑Hop Production

Learn the nuances of producing beats, arranging tracks, and creative sampling, drawing on the rich history and influence of hip-hop.

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Starts April 7

Six Week Mentor-Guided Course

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By some measures, hip-hop is now the most popular genre of music in the world. Over the past 40 years, it developed from a back-to-school party in the Bronx to a billion dollar industry.

The aim of this course is to help you draw on that legacy to become a more confident producer and beat maker. We'll touch on writing beats and bass lines, creative sampling, arranging, songwriting, mixing, and many more elements, with a specific eye to hip-hop and its many subgenres. 

When you enroll, you'll get two months of free access to millions of high-quality samples from our partner Splice, including instructor Charles Burchell's brand new sample pack with his group The Love Experiment. And as with all Soundfly courses, you'll get six weeks of one-on-one coaching from an expert Soundfly Mentor who will tailor the course to your personal goals and experience level.

Charles Burchell

Educator, Composer + Cultural Diplomat

Charles Burchell has taught music for the past ten years and has worked with programs such as The Urbano Project, Carnegie Hall, Fondorie Sonore, Marquis Studios, Next Level Cultural Diplomacy Program, and Saint Louis College of Music. He is currently teaching hip-hop production, live performance, and rapping at Saint Louis College of Music and John Cabot University which are both located in Rome, Italy. He received a bachelor's in music from New England Conservatory and a master's in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Burchell has recorded, produced, and performed with artists such as Omar Sosa, Yilain Canizares, Christian Scott, Braxton Cook, Talib Kweli, Ran Blake, Ciel Rouge, Jason Moran, and Iman Omari. He has also produced three records with his band, The Love Experiment.

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  • Unlimited access to interactive and video content
  • Weekly feedback and support from an expert Soundfly Mentor
  • Membership in our growing online Slack community of students and mentors

Price $649

Become a more well-rounded and pro-sounding hip-hop producer

Dissect the specific elements that make hip-hop unique as a genre, and learn to master them in your own music.

Master Hip-Hop Arranging

Gain a better understanding of the way tempo, drums, bass, harmony, melody, and lyrics all contribute to hip-hop production.

Explore Hip-Hop Production Techniques

Learn techniques to make your beats sound more polished.

Build Beats from Scratch

Learn how to get started creating and finishing tracks with different workflows and approaches.

Learn to Sample Creatively

Discover a variety of ways to sample and how sampling works from a legal standpoint.
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Course Outline

  1. Start
    Section 1

    Starting Out

  2. Start
    Section 2

    The Infinite Power of Loops

  3. Start
    Section 3

    The Drums

  4. Start
    Section 4

    The Bass

  5. Start
    Section 5

    Chop it Up: Exploring Various Sampling Techniques

  6. Start
    Section 6

    Crafting a Song: Arrangement, Harmony, and Melody

  7. Section 7

    What's Next for Hip-Hop

  8. Start
    Section 8



Who is this course for?

This course is for producers, rappers, aspiring producers, or people with no prior knowledge of hip-hop who want to learn their way around the genre and culture of hip-hop production. Perhaps you're a seasoned producer looking to add this genre to your toolbox, or perhaps you're an up-and-coming artist and/or producer trying to make it big. Either way, we'll show you the ins and outs of hip-hop as a production style. 

What will I learn?

You'll learn the essential skills for sampling, producing, and arranging hip-hop beats and full tracks. You'll also receive one-on-one support from a Soundfly Mentor who will help guide your learning and give you feedback so you can accomplish exactly what you're hoping to in hip-hop production. 

Are there any pre-reqs? 

You'll need to own or purchase some kind of music production software to make your track(s). Some additional gear is recommended to get the most out of the course, but if your setup is stripped down, you'll still be able to follow along. Recommended additional gear: headphones, speakers, MIDI controller, audio interface, and microphone.

Is there a money-back guarantee? 

YES. If you sign up and the course isn't what you expected, we will give you a full refund as long as you tell us before the start of the second week. The reason that the second week of the course is a cut-off for our guarantee is simply because if we go past that deadline, our mentors will have likely put in a lot of time, energy, and effort already. 

We're also happy to move you to a subsequent session, if you end up not having as much time as you expected. Once again, let us know as soon as possible! 

What do I get as a Mainstage student? 

The Mainstage experience is built on our science-backed active learning model, which helps you learn more efficiently and effectively than typical online courses. The key difference is our mentorship approach — one-on-one coaching with a trained Soundfly Mentor who has extensive experience in the subject. When you sign up, we'll pair you with an expert who will tailor the course to your experience level, offer detailed weekly feedback on your work, answer any questions you have, help you blow past obstacles, and keep you on track to accomplish your musical goals.

You'll also get unlimited, lifetime access to all the course content — including in-depth lessons, activities, quizzes, video tutorials, and downloadable resources — so you can review anytime and keep your skills sharp.

As an extra perk, you'll get lifetime access to our tight-knit musician community group on Slack, where you'll find peer-to-peer feedback and support, lots of inspiration, and fun, musical conversations with fellow Soundfly students, mentors, and staff.

What does it mean that the course starts on a specific date?

As soon as you purchase a course, you can begin exploring the course material immediately. On the start date, the session begins, which means you'll begin a guided experience that includes weekly activities, feedback from a Soundfly Mentor, and much more. This is intended to help you stay accountable and get the feedback you need to succeed. 

Can I take this course without a Soundfly Mentor?

We believe strongly that accountability, feedback, and support are critical to active learning — where you learn by putting your knowledge into practice and engaging thoughtfully with what you're learning. And we think that active learning is a more effective path to learning a new skill than passive learning — where you're simply watching videos and reading text.

However, if you don't need the mentorship component of our course, whether it's because you're working with a private instructor, or don't have the time, or maybe you are a private instructor and want to use the course content with a student, you can buy unlimited access to the course content for $129.80. Please email [email protected] for a code to purchase the course content at the discounted rate.

Will there be future sessions of the course?

Yes! Check back shortly for firm dates, or sign up for a Soundfly account to receive email updates about course dates and new course launches.