Soundtrap: Intro to Digital Audio Production

Tuition: $400

Session Dates: November 8, 2021 – January 13, 2022

Final Showcase Session 2 – January 14, 2022

Class Options: Fridays 4:30-6:00pm OR Saturdays 2:00-3:30pm OR Sundays 12:30-2:00pm

Ages 10+

In this innovative 8-week project-oriented program students will learn fundamental skills, techniques and tools to work with digital audio software. The program will culminate in a student created song or podcast project that will be showcased at the Plugged In end of session showcase. This is not a program adapted for online learning. Our Digital Audio Production programs are geared towards and enhanced by the virtual environment. We will explore topics such as:

  • an intro to digital music
  • audio editing & the grid
  • MIDI editing & drums
  • mixing & effects
  • creative arranging
  • and more!

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Reaper: Digital Audio Production Class

Tuition: $400

Session Dates: November 8, 2021 – January 13, 2022

Final Showcase Session 2 – January 14, 2022

Class Options: Thursdays 4:30p-6:00p, Saturdays 3:30p-5:00p, or Sundays 2:00p-3:30p

In this 8-week project-oriented program students will dive into digital audio production concepts using Reaper. Each student will have a final project (song or podcast) that will be shared at our end of session showcase. Our digital audio production classes are geared toward and enhanced by the virtual environment.

Week 1: Welcome to Reaper

Week 2: Audio, Comping, and Sampling

Week 3: Synthesis

Week 4: Automation, Routing, and Effects (part 1)

Week 5: Effects (part 2) Start of Final Project

Week 6: Music Theory, Arranging, and Final Project Work

Week 7: Final Project Work

Week 8: Mastering: Exporting Final Projects, Conclusions

Required Materials: The only materials and/or equipment required to participate are listed below. Please contact Plugged In prior to registration if you do not have access to these materials. We may be able to help!

  • Desktop or Laptop Computer – MAC (macOS: 10.5-11 Big Sur or newer) or PC (Windows: XP/Vista/7/8/10 32 or 64 bit)
  • Headphones
  • Reaper account (Plugged In will provide students an account)

Creative Audio Programming 1: Make Some Noise!

Tuition: $400

Session Dates: November 8, 2021 – January 13, 2022

Final Showcase Session 2 – January 14, 2022

Class Options: Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm OR Fridays 6:00-7:30pm

Ages 10+

In Creative Audio Programming 1: Make Some Noise, students will learn how to create virtual instruments using the Pure Data framework. At the end of this program students will have created a unique virtual instrument they can use in any DAW like GarageBand or Logic! We will explore topics such as:

  • Getting familiar with Pure Data
  • Filtering & Processing
  • Crafting a Synthesizer
  • Making Generative Music
  • and more!

Creative Audio Programming 2: Crafting Audio Plug-ins

Tuition: $400

Session Dates: November 8, 2021 – January 13, 2022

Final Showcase Session 2 – January 14, 2022

Class Options: Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm OR Thursdays 7:30-9:00pm

Ages 10+

In Creative Audio Programming: Making Audio Plugins, students will learn how to make audio plugins through the JUCE C++ framework. At the end of the program, students will have made an awesome custom effect that they can use in any DAW like GarageBand or Logic to make beautiful music with! We will explore topics such as:

  • getting familiar with JUCE
  • creating basic plugins
  • processing audio input
  • digital signal processing
  • and making graphical user interfaces

The World's Biggest Stage: Livestreaming 101

Session Dates: November 8, 2021 – January 13, 2022

Final Showcase Session 2 – January 14, 2022

Ages: 13+

Tuition: $400

Class Options: Mondays OR Tuesdays 8:00p-9:30p

Topics Covered

  • Intro to different streaming platforms (Twitch, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Youtube Live, Tiktok)
  • Tools of streaming (content, hardware, software)
  • Building scenes, overlays and branding
  • Social media integration
  • Monetization (how to raise funds for charities/causes)
  • Ethics and etiquette
  • Create and run a livestream for a final project

PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

VIRTUAL PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS

PLUGGED IN NOW OFFERS ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS! 

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Vocals, Songwriting, Electronic Music Production
Learn to play or improve. All skill levels welcome.

$60:  1-Hour Lesson
$45: 45 Minute Lesson
$35:  1/2-Hour Lesson

Option 1:  4–Week Block
Option 2:  8–Week Block (Get Last Week Free)

Availability: 7 Days throughout Year
(Depending on Instructor’s Availability)

YOUTH AND ADULT ROCK BAND CLASS

SPRING SESSION 2022

Session Dates: TBA

Youth Band Class: Ages 8-19

Adult Band Class: Ages 19+

Tuition: $700

 

Weekday and Weekend schedule options

Each band of 3-6 students will choose songs, practice for 1.5 hours per week, record a video set (virtual bands) or perform (in-person bands) at the session ending concert that benefits a charity chosen by our students.

Upcoming Events

Oct
20
Wed
4:00 pm MASS STEM Week – Soundtrap: Digi... @ Online via Zoom
MASS STEM Week – Soundtrap: Digi... @ Online via Zoom
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
MASS STEM Week - Soundtrap: Digital Audio Production @ Online via Zoom
In this instructional and interactive Music STEM activity, participants will learn fundamental skills, techniques and tools to work with the free digital audio software, Soundtrap, including audio editing & the grid, MIDI editing & drums, mixing & effects and creative arranging. To participate in the interactive part of the activity, please have a computer, tablet or smartphone available. At the ...
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Oct
21
Thu
11:00 am MASS STEM Week – Creative Audio ... @ Online via Zoom
MASS STEM Week – Creative Audio ... @ Online via Zoom
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
MASS STEM Week - Creative Audio Programming: Make Some Noise @ Online via Zoom
In this instructional and interactive Music STEM activity for all levels, participants will learn how to create virtual instruments using Pure Data, an open source visual programming language framework. To participate in the interactive part of the activity, please have a computer available and download Pure Data at https://puredata.info/downloads/pure-data. Register here!  Watch an introduction video!Read More...
1:00 pm MASS STEM Week – Creative Audio ... @ Online via Zoom
MASS STEM Week – Creative Audio ... @ Online via Zoom
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
MASS STEM Week - Creative Audio Programming: Crafting Audio Plugins @ Online via Zoom
In this instructional Music STEM program for all levels, the presenter will demonstrate how to make audio plugins through JUCE C++, an open-source cross-platform C++ application framework, to create custom effects that they can use in any DAW like GarageBand or Logic to make beautiful music with. Topics include processing audio input, digital signal processing and making graphical user interfaces. ...
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Oct
22
Fri
5:00 pm Community Engage – 10/22 @ In person at Plugged in and online via Zoom
Community Engage – 10/22 @ In person at Plugged in and online via Zoom
Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Community Engage - 10/22 @ In person at Plugged in and online via Zoom
Plugged In is about music but it’s also about supporting the growth and health of our communities. Plugged In provides a platform for our students to give back by turning the “recital” at the end of each session into a benefit concert for a charity chosen by the students. Our students come together to choose that charity at Community Engage. ...
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Oct
23
Sat
6:30 pm Weekly Online Open Mic via Zoom @ Online via Zoom
Weekly Online Open Mic via Zoom @ Online via Zoom
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Weekly Online Open Mic via Zoom @ Online via Zoom
Online Open Mic for Students and Alumni Every Saturday from 6:30p-9:30p Join remotely via Dan’s Zoom. Contact us for zoom information. Performers can play songs solo or to a track. Performers can read poetry, tell us their favorite G-rated jokes, or dance. Even if you don’t want to perform we encourage you to join and watch! We hope to see ...
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Oct
24
Sun
12:00 pm Needham Farmers Market Performan...
Needham Farmers Market Performan...
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for an acoustic outdoor community performance at the upcoming Needham Farmers Market! Contact Plugged In if you’re interested in performing! The Needham Farmers Market connects the folks of Needham with high-quality local produce, meats, and baked goods; art, music, and community. Come see what all the buzz is about and check out the feast of flavors, colors, sights ...
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Oct
26
Tue
3:00 pm Link Online Learners – Global Yo...
Link Online Learners – Global Yo...
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Link Online Learners is more than a zoom hangout of young people from 35+ countries. It is a global youth network where young people (ages 10-18) can join together at the global table – and that includes YOU! We encourage you to get involved and spread stories of youth collaboration across the globe. Every Tuesday from 3:00p-4:00p EST Contact Plugged ...
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Oct
30
Sat
6:30 pm Weekly Online Open Mic via Zoom @ Online via Zoom
Weekly Online Open Mic via Zoom @ Online via Zoom
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Weekly Online Open Mic via Zoom @ Online via Zoom
Online Open Mic for Students and Alumni Every Saturday from 6:30p-9:30p Join remotely via Dan’s Zoom. Contact us for zoom information. Performers can play songs solo or to a track. Performers can read poetry, tell us their favorite G-rated jokes, or dance. Even if you don’t want to perform we encourage you to join and watch! We hope to see ...
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Nov
2
Tue
3:00 pm Link Online Learners – Global Yo...
Link Online Learners – Global Yo...
Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Link Online Learners is more than a zoom hangout of young people from 35+ countries. It is a global youth network where young people (ages 10-18) can join together at the global table – and that includes YOU! We encourage you to get involved and spread stories of youth collaboration across the globe. Every Tuesday from 3:00p-4:00p EST Contact Plugged ...
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6:00 pm Bi-Weekly Online Youth Board Mee... @ Online via Zoom
Bi-Weekly Online Youth Board Mee... @ Online via Zoom
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bi-Weekly Online Youth Board Meeting @ Online via Zoom
Bi-Weekly Online Youth Board Meetings Every other Tuesday from 6:00p-7:30p Join remotely via Zoom. Check your email or contact us for zoom info.   Plugged In’s Youth Board works on all sorts of community building and fun projects from open mics, movie nights, and game nights, to projects like making video performances to share with community members isolated by COVID. ...
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PLUGGED IN MERCH

Our Plugged In merch is available for a limited time and in limited quantities! We have fabulous Plugged In long sleeve shirts, water bottles, face masks, notebooks, keychains, hand sanitizer, back packs, and bracelets for you to choose from! Every order comes with a complimentary Plugged In pen! Local orders will be delivered to your door free of charge, and other orders will be mailed for a small fee. Proceeds from our merch sale go to support our Scholarship Fund. Get decked out in Plugged In swag while supporting your favorite band program!

Shirts + Masks

Backpack

Water Bottles

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors For Supporting Our Scholarship Fund

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PLATINUM +

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MUSIC GO ROUND
OLIN COLLEGE
TOCCI MANAGEMENT
VILLAGE BANK

SILVER

CHARLES RIVER CENTER
ROCHE BROTHERS
CONDON REALTY
VOLANTE FARM

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Testimonials from Students & Parents

Your program gave me the confidence in myself to do a lot of things: to sing, to write, to play in bands, and I really have come a long way. And to look at how far my guitar playing has come since I started the program 5 years ago, is incredible.

~ Student

Plugged In is one of the most amazing organizations of which my son has ever been a part.  This program transforms kids lives by giving them self confidence, increased musicianship and being responsible for making the world a better place.

~ Parent

Plugged In is the only place that our daughter feels truly whole, loved and at peace. Sandra and Tom plus all the wonderful teachers create a place where everyone is welcomed and celebrated.

~ Parent

I just wanted to let you know how amazing your program is. My daughter has been looking forward to coming every time and loves everyone that she is working with at plugged in!

~ Parent

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