Alyra Academy


How to Make Music on Your Computer

Make awesome music with nothing but your computer or Chromebook

Ages: 9-15

Previous Experience Required: None (this class is for beginners)

Concepts Taught: Music basics (notes), melodies, basic chords, consonance and dissonance, intervals, scales and keys, virtual instruments, mixing basics, volume, pan, form, exporting

In this class, students will learn how to create awesome-sounding music of their own composition using nothing but their computer.

We’ll start by learning the very basics of music composition, and then slowly add to that bit by bit until we’re composing entire pieces of music, complete with multiple virtual instruments like guitar and piano. Each class session will start with sharing our homework from the previous class, then we’ll spend a few minutes (1-5) discussing a new concept. After that, for the rest of the class, we’ll work on a small compositional exercise or project that explores and demonstrates the concept. Students will create their own mini-compositions using the software, and be able to immediately play back and hear their creations. As they go, the teacher will “make the rounds”, checking in with each student to give helpful feedback and tips, and to make sure they understand. Finally, at the end of the class session, the students will be given a homework assignment to further practice the concept.

By the end of the entire course, students will have created several of their very own pieces of music which they can play right off of their computer or Chromebook for their friends and family.

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4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 55 reviews)
Very good2%

Exceeded expectations!

August 10, 2023

This class exceeded our expectations!

Shreya Z.

Joanna is amazing

June 9, 2023

Joanna’s teaching method is intuitive and exciting. The bite-sized lessons and hands-on projects had my child producing his first song in no time!

Felix C.

Alyra is great

May 11, 2023

Alyra never lets us down. Joanna was wonderful. She’s an expert but also very good at handling the kiddos.

Parker S.

Late teacher

April 9, 2023

I took off one star because the teacher was late to one of the classes. But otherwise it was good.

Yara T.

Don't hesitate

March 23, 2023

Don’t hesitate! Sign up for this class and watch your child unlock their musical potential. Joanna’s method of teaching is truly unmatched.

Dalton C.

Highly Recommended

February 20, 2023

If there’s one class I’d recommend for budding musicians, it’s this one. The personal touch, attention to detail, and student-friendly approach make it unparalleled.

Mireya L.

Great class

January 29, 2023

I’m still in awe of the tracks my son produced. This class is an excellent launchpad for young aspiring musicians.

Callum M.

Will take more

December 25, 2022

This was our first internet course. If they are all like this then we’ll keep taking more.

Amara V.

This is a well-structured class.

September 23, 2022

Cody started by teaching the kids to drag and drop in pre-created music loops. Then gradually throughout the class, they learned to replace the loops with their own custom creations. Just a really well-thought out and structured class that lets them start creating music right away while also gradually learning the skills to create the music themselves from scratch.

Malcolm Y.

5 stars

August 2, 2022

I’m a 12 year old girl and this class was my favorite class I’ve taken at my school. Cody is really funny and always made us laugh while we were learning. Thanks Cody!!

Paloma D.

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