1500 Sound Academy has customized industry connected music education solutions for school districts, individualized schools and classrooms / teachers.
The Music & Industry Fundamentals On-Demand Online Courses gives students a first-hand
look at the tools necessary to successfully create and market their art.
Our six-course, project-based program consists of video lessons featuring multi-Grammy winning songwriters and producers, software screen captures, and infographics designed to be engaging, informative, and a fun way to learn.
Assignments, quizzes and hands-on projects reinforce important subject matter, help build career skills and overall knowledge of the music industry.
Hybrid Learning – Flexible student learning curriculum with several options to customize face-to-face instruction, flipped classroom, and self-paced online learning.
Standard-Aligned - The learning objectives, curriculum and assessments are aligned with the CA AME CTE and the National Core Standards.
Make the most of your Curriculum Budget – Gain access to hundreds of engaging educational videos, quizzes, assignments and assessments.
Everything is in one easy-to-use LMS – All multi-media content and manually graded assessments are easy to access.
Music production, the heart of the program, covers the art and science of creating a track from concept to reality. The music producer’s toolbox is a sophisticated combination of hardware, software, and musicianship! This course introduces today’s songwriters to the basic concepts, terminology, and techniques of modern studio track composition.
The digital audio workstation (DAW) is the centerpiece of the recording studio, and a key focus of our Music & Industry Fundamentals program. Engineering breaks down the fundamentals of getting sound into the DAW the right way and shaping your sound on the way-out using EQ and compression, among other techniques. Special attention is given to recording a vocalist for the best sound quality possible.
Songwriters create timeless emotion from melody and lyrics. This course demystifies the songwriting process and arms the modern songwriter with melodic and lyrical concepts to deepen their craft. Whether you’re new to songwriting or have experience in the music industry, this module will help you improve. Social aspects of songwriting such as studio etiquette and co-writing are also covered.
The mix can make or break a song and when it’s done right, no one even notices. This course is about listening and knowing what you want things to sound like. Within the construct of learning how to listen, many of the production and recording tools are reimagined for the role of the mixer. Advanced vocal processing tools are also introduced.
Music creators are copyright owners, brand owners, and publishing companies, whether they know it or not. The Music Business course in our Music & Industry Fundamentals program outlines the pillars of a music creator’s corporate structure. Once the structure is established, there will be transactions in the forms of contracts, publishing, and streaming. Students also learn how to take their music to the marketplace for the world to hear.
The artist is the personality behind musical movements and cultural shifts. It may seem like an effortless materialization, but many of the most successful artists are laser-focused on their brand and image. The artist must also foster their network of fans and supporters. This engaging course in our Music & Industry Fundamentals digs deep into the psyche of the artist as well as the practical side, including setting up an authentic brand and performance.
Seige Monstracity Music Producer, Sound Designer
Seige Monstracity is an anomaly in the music industry. He rides the fence, providing the contemporary soundtracks for successful commercial artists such as YG, Tyrese, Keisha Cole, and Marsha Ambrosius, as well as producing grimey backdrops for underground artists like Bizarre, Bad Lucc, and Namebrand.
Dave HamptonTechnical Director and one of the Design Engineers for 1500 Sound Academy
Dave Hampton is a 40+ year Grammy Award winning veteran of the audio recording industry. In addition to engineering, He still consults with manufacturers on new technology, lecturers on survival in the industry, and continues to design custom studios and creative spaces for some of entertainments top artists.
Kosine9x Grammy-Nominated, multi-platinum producer and songwriter
Is a notable actor and entertainer, also known as 1/2 of the LA based production duo Da Internz. He’s a 9xGrammy-Nominated, Multi-Platinum Producer and Songwriter, responsible for some of the biggest hits for Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Big Sean, Justin Bieber, Nas and more. He’s also an On-Air Personality for Apple Music Beats 1, which broadcasts live in over 110 Countries worldwide. He’s both a graduate and former professor of Columbia College of Chicago and has also given a TEDx Talk at his alma mater.
4X Grammy Award winner and musical phenomenon, Brian Kennedy, contributed to Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut album as a writer and producer. The effort earned him his first Grammy for Best R&B Album at the 2009 awards ceremony. Revered as a piano prodigy, Kennedy’s musical genius has afforded him the opportunity to work with several top artists and producers, including Smokie Robinson, Timbaland, Lady GaGa, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, Dallas Davidson, Dr. Dre Backstreet Boys, David Foster, Clive Davis, Natasha Bedingfield, legendary songwriter Diane Warren, and many others.
Young GuruAudio Engineer
An American audio engineer, record producer, disc jockey, and record executive from Wilmington, Delaware. In 2019, Young Guru won a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for mixing the album Everything Is Love by The Carters. He has worked with many leading recording artists, most notably Jay-Z, and an April 2015 Wall Street Journal profile called him “the most famous and successful engineer in the history of hip-hop”
Harmony SamuelsRecord Producer
Harmony David Samuels (born 16 May 1980), also known as H-Money or “H”, is an English record producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He has produced a multitude of hits for artists such as Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Chip, Ciara, Fantasia, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and more.
Bianca “Blush” AtterberrySongwriter/Artist
Bianca “Blush” Atterberry Is an Emmy Award Winning, Multi Platinum Selling Singer/Songwriter. Blush has been working in the music Industry and a part of albums worldwide since early age of 19. She collectively has sold over 1.5 million records as a songwriter. She had been able to work her way into rooms with Award winning artists such as Demi Lovato, Mary J Blige, Chris Brown, Meghan Trainor,Kelly Clarkson, Timbaland, DJ Snake, just to name a few.
Musical Singer/producer Jozzy started out behind the scenes writing songs for much more established artists. After a big break early on when she connected with Timbaland and worked on tracks with the legendary producer, the floodgates opened and Jozzy began writing for and collaborating with everyone from Beyoncé to Chris Brown to Pitbull.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, R&B singer and songwriter Sterling Simms formed the songwriting company Knightwritahz with several other writers. Through his company, Simms wrote songs for several R&B singers, including Mario and Tyrese. In 2014 he signed with the indie label One Recordings, which led to his demo falling into the hands of Island Def Jam executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid. Simms was then picked up by Def Jam and even appeared on rap superstar Jay-Z’s comeback album Kingdom Come at 2006’s end. Around the same time, his single “Jump Off,” featuring rapper Sean Paul of YoungBloodZ, was enjoying regular rotation on urban radio.
Max GousseSenior VP A&R/Manager
Producer/a&r of Beyonce’s #1 albums Bday and I am Sasha Fierce, Dreamgirls sdtrk, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, b2k, you got served sdtrk, Barbershop sdtrk, Cadillac Records sdtrk Executive Producer of #1 box office hit “You Got Served”
Max Gousse, who heads the West Coast a&r Department for island Def Jam music group, has been a very successful a&r exec for nearly 20 years. The Los Angeles-based Gousse is perhaps best known for handling a&r for two of Beyonce’s biggest albums (I am…Sasha Fierce and B’day), for discovering and developing the Platinum r&b group b2k, and for a&r-ing the Multi-Platinum Dreamgirls soundtrack album.
Todd CooperTracking & Mixing Engineer
In the past 15 years Todd Cooper (tracking/mixing engineer) has worked on thousands of songs with artists from all walks of life. A graduate from Expression college for Digital Arts in 2005, he operated Street Symphony studios in Fremont, CA until he made the move to LA in 2015. Some of his credits include: Travis Scott, Shawn Mendes, Gucci Mane, Pop Smoke, Pitbull, Will Smith, Kiana Léde, Jay Sean, Larry June, Duckwrth, Tinashe, Luke James, Yellow Claw, Snoop Dogg, E-40 and the list keeps going.
Ally BrookeMulti Platinum Singer-Songwriter
Ally Brooke grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Following her time in Fifth Harmony, the multi platinum singer-songwriter kicked off her highly anticipated solo career in 2019 with back-to-back Top 40 charting singles and an impressive resume of genre-bending collaborations including “All Night” with Afrojack which marked her first #1 as a solo artist on US Dance Radio. A life-long entertainer, Ally competed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars before embarking on her debut headline Time To Shine Tour in early 2020 with scheduled stops including a sold out show at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. With total career streams already in the billions, Ally is only just getting started.
Tuff MorganVP of A&R, Peermusic
Tuff Morgan has over 15 years of music industry experience that includes work as an artist, producer, songwriter, manager, publisher, and A&R rep. Tuff was previously Senior Director of A&R, peermusic. He first joined peermusic in 2014 as Director of Pop & Urban Music, though he worked with the company in a consulting capacity before coming on full-time.
He got his start in music during college when he landed a record deal with KRS-One and Capitol Records. After a Gold album and multiple major label deals, he moved to the West coast where he collaborated with producer Mike City on projects for artists including Dr. Dre, Method Man, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Melanie Fiona and Rhianna.
Morgan’s creative work segued into various development, management and A&R roles with artists including Jheryl Busby (Umbrella Records) and Brian Turner (Melee/Priority Records). Morgan subsequently secured an imprint deal with Def Jam and Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music and a joint venture with peermusic. He joined peermusic shortly thereafter.