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Mar 02, 2011

Beat Refinery to Launch New Series of Classes

Ableton Live, The latest, Hottest Producer/DJ Software: Lessons Begin March 14th at the Bethesda Bach to Rock.

Bethesda, MD—Chris Stiles (DJ Stylus) and Brian Sadiarin, (DJ Geometrix) directors of B2R’s DJ school, Beat Refinery, are pleased to announce a new series of classes to begin March 14, 2011. The program which first rolled out in May, 2010 began with Basic DJ Techniques along with Basic Scratching and Turntablism 101. The next installment included Intermediate DJ Techniques as well as Intermediate Scratching and Turntablism. And now, Beat Refinery is proud to be launching classes in Ableton Live, the latest Producer/DJ software. The Bethesda B2R is located at 4819 Saint Elmo Avenue.

“Ableton Live allows users to create musical compositions, remix and edit songs, and perform live in a DJ set,” said Stiles. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this new technology to beginners as well as seasoned professionals.”

Intro to Ableton Live: Level 1, takes Beat Refinery students from no previous knowledge of music creating and editing software, to producing 5 completed projects in 6 weeks. Students will learn to navigate Ableton Live, and create multiple DJ-friendly mixes, remixes, and song edits. Completion of Intro to DJing course or equivalent experience (consultation with one of our instructors) is required.

Intro To Ableton Live: Level 2, continues the introduction to Ableton Live by exploring the “live” performance aspects of this powerful digital audio software. In addition to learning to “perform live” with Ableton Live, students will create original instrumental tracks, and remixes, and will explore audio sound effects, MIDI instrumentation and programming, and learn more studio mixing and recording basics. Completion of Intro to Ableton Live, Level 1 course is the prerequisite for this class. After completing the full Intro To Ableton Live (Levels 1&2) course, students will be able to control all basic functions of Live and move on to more advanced techniques.

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About Beat RefineryDedicated to teaching all facets of being a DJ by combining traditional methods alongside the ever changing technology, the Beat Refinery is committed to developing the next great superstar DJ’s. The Beat Refinery focuses on an in depth study and philosophy of music that until just recently would have taken years to achieve. Beat Refinery offers classes from turntabalism, to electronic music production and recording technologies and has levels for those wanting to become professionals to those who want to just mix party music for friends. Students begin with the basics and move from set up and controls to scratch techniques to advanced Serato and music theory. They learn production and editing techniques as well as the basics of choosing and organizing music for gigs. The program is for students of all ages who have a passion for music and want to make the DJ platform their instrument. DJs coming in with more experience can hone their skills with state of the art playing and recording equipment and try out new techniques and musical styles.

About Bach to RockBach to Rock is a music education program for students of all ages from early childhood through high school and beyond. The B2R system is based on the belief that learning music is fun and students learn best when they play music they enjoy. Weekly ensemble instruction and jam sessions lead to public concerts, Battle of the Bands and recording sessions in B2R’s professional recording studios. B2R builds technique, fosters teamwork and enhances self esteem through private lessons, band instruction, and public performance. Schools are located in Bethesda, Maryland, Gaithersburg, Maryland, McLean, Virginia, Herndon, Virginia, South Riding, Virginia, and Lansdowne, Virginia. For more information visit or call 1.877.B2R.8558 (1.877.227.8558).