Learn the nuances of producing beats, arranging tracks, and creative sampling, drawing on the rich history and influence of hip-hop.
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 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.
Dissect the specific elements that make hip-hop unique as a genre, and learn to master them in your own music.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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