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Ellwanger's unique teaching method breaks the curriculum down into concise daily videos with practical application strategies instead of presenting larger chunks of information that are difficult to retain. Less time spent binge-watching tutorials means more time spent creating music as you learn!
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Application Deadline: January 25th, 2020 Program fee: $3499 (payment plans available) Note: early application is HIGHLY recommended, as this program fills up quickly! We value artists who take immediate action and avoid procrastination.
Sonic Soul is an online Artist Development Program created by Kate Ellwanger (Dot of TeamSupreme and Unspeakable Records) to guide producers, songwriters, and musicians of all backgrounds on a journey of discovering their unique sound as they create an EP during the course. Building off of previous seasons of Unspeakable’s signature program Sonic Identity, this new six-month course is the most comprehensive curriculum the label has ever offered. While many schools and online tutorials teach the technical aspects of using a DAW or producing music, Sonic Soul is designed to go beyond the basic "How To's" and prepare students for creative, spiritual, and financial success through their music. It is Kate's mission to help artists from all over the world hone their strengths and discover what sets them apart from everyone else making music in the digital age.
About the instructor: Kate Ellwanger (aka Dot) is a producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. She is a member of beat-collective Team Supreme, CEO of Unspeakable Records, and has taught music production and composition at critically-acclaimed institutions including The Los Angeles Recording School, Dubspot, Point Blank, and Garnish. In addition to her solo work, Dot produces for artists including SZA (TDE) and Teri GenderBender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows), and writes original music for film and television (MTV and OWN). Dot's extensive knowledge of music production and creative strategies also led to her participation as a panelist at Loop Berlin: Ableton’s summit for music makers. Ellwanger holds a B.A. in Music from Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation from Berklee College of Music. In addition to her background in classical and contemporary music, she has over 15 years of study in mindfulness practices from multiple traditions, including yoga, meditation, and psychospiritual development.
Frequently Asked Questions My schedule is insane. Do I have time for Sonic Soul? In short, YES. The program is flexibly designed so that artists from any time zone or schedule can participate. No time is no excuse! What will I gain from this experience? Sonic Soul is unlike any other music school or online tutorial series. While the main objective is for each artist to walk away with an EP or single they feel great about, the lessons learned and relationships made during the program are lifelong treasures. Artists can learn technical skills from a multitude of resources (many of which are listed in the Sonic Soul Resources PDF given to all participants), but this curriculum takes artist development to a much deeper level in exploring each creator's unique sounds within a supportive community environment. Like most things in life, you will only get out what you put in, so it's up to YOU to follow through with all assignments and opportunities for growth that Sonic Soul provides. Being pushed outside of your comfort zone and opening to new ideas may not always be easy, but the results are well worth the effort. Do I have to use a specific DAW in order to participate? What if I'm still a beginner? This is an ableton-specific program, so access to the Suite version of Ableton Live is necessary, but no other plug-ins are required. While a few months to a few years of experience using Ableton can be helpful, your willingness to learn is much more important than experience level! Sonic Identity is all about making the most of the time, skills, and resources you currently have -- NOT waiting around until you have that new synth or more knowledge to "begin" sometime in the future.
Format • Twenty 60-minute group video calls, which will be recorded and made available to all participants following each session. • Writing exercises, meditations, and homework assignments to be completed each week of the program. • Online support and feedback from Kate and fellow artists in the group. • Unlimited access to all tutorials in Daily Loop. • Daily check-ins and accountability via a private Facebook group. • Four 45-minute private coaching sessions with Kate. • Email access to Kate with 48-hour or less response time (M-F). • List of additional reading and online resources to accompany the program.
Online Program Dates: February 1st - July 31st
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Program Objectives • Complete a cohesive body of work or single song with the support of Kate Ellwanger and fellow artists in the program. • Expand your production abilities in Ableton Live, and learn to create a song from the early writing stages through mixing and mastering a release-ready track. • Discover your personal strengths and bring out your unique sound as a songwriter and/or producer. • Learn how to find your audience, build a following, and explore different ways of releasing music in the digital age. • Identify and address any fears or self-doubts that may be blocking your creative output or fullest expression. • Complete challenges and exercises that push you outside of your comfort zone and stretch your ideas. • Develop good workflow practices that align with your personality type. • Refine your personal marketing and pitching strategies to get your music heard by record labels, music blogs, and other media outlets. • Develop visual content (artwork, music videos, press photos) to accompany the release. • Create a business plan and brand profile. • Design an inspiring lifestyle with healthy work habits that will support your career long-term.
This is your year to develop the focus, stamina, and ability to follow through on your creative work while learning how to bring your musical ideas to life in Ableton Live. Shape the future of music by taking your first steps towards becoming a creative warrior in 2020.
What other artists are saying... "Sonic Soul was without a doubt the best investment I could have made for my personal development as an artist. It gave me the ability to have more faith in my works and to adapt practices that are now reflected within my music. Kate was a tremendous leader who was not only dependable and consistent, but wise in how she approached the curriculum for the course." - Joel J. (@taijitunes) "Sonic Soul has provided me all the support and direction I need to develop into the independent and multi-faceted artist I knew I could be - with so much more awareness and attunement to my exalted self than I could have done on my own! Kate is a dream to learn from; she’s walking this same pioneering path of artist and producer, and this course provides insight into her unique personal process of music making. The sonic challenges and reflection exercises Kate assigns make me dive deep into the wells of my being to find the purpose underlying every choice I make, sonically or otherwise. Creating music from this place of self-reflection and inquiry has yielded the best, most exploratory and intentional music beyond anything I could have imagined. I’m so proud of myself and the work I’ve created within this course. Though the course doesn’t specifically cover the technical side of music production, I’ve been able to hone my production, processing, mixing, and mastering by creating new projects each week. Before the course started, I didn’t even know how to pan sounds within the stereo scape, and now I am confident in leading and managing sessions where I collaborate with another artist or producer. I can do anything now!" - Kelleia (@kelleiamusic) "Where to begin...Kate is amazing. Not only as an artist but as a human being. I loved how real, personal, and connected this program is. You can take so many different classes on production in LA but the piece that stands out about this one, and in my opinion is the most important, is the connection and focus on what it is that drives you. That connection to your true artistry. I loved the creative challenges that forced you to get out of your head and your normal production routine and see things differently. I have developed so much more as a creative individual and finally feel confident about my music and my focus." - Ilsa R. "Sonic Soul was definitely a silver lining for me during a time where I really felt low and insecure about the music I was creating. Kate strengthened my endless love for music by showing me how to use my creativity without any boundaries, judgement, or fear. I found that I was surprising myself week after week with the tracks I was creating and checking off goals in such a short amount of time. The most essential lesson that I've learned from this program is that a healthy lifestyle and mindset are just as important as the session on your DAW." - Kaila V.