Participant Guide L1


Hello! We’re stoked to make music with like-minded women, welcome! The goal of this 4-week course (Level 1) is to get comfortable with music production and create ideas for your first song. We’ll show you the software step-by-step. If you follow the steps and do the coursework, you’ll know the basics of using Ableton Live and create songs using 2 different workflows.😀 We recommend that you spend at least 3 hours between sessions going over the material, though this is optional. If you attend all the sessions, you’ll also get a free licence for Ableton Live Intro, woohoo! 🥳 Just email us if there is a reason why you have to miss a session. Also, one ‘star student’ from each course will receive a box of Ableton merch in the post!


If you don’t already have Ableton Live, please install the trial version of Ableton Live and open it to make sure it works on your laptop. If you already have Live, you can use your version for the course. If you have any installation problems, you can check the Installation help page, or contact Ableton support

The sessions will take place on Zoom. It’s recommended to use either Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. You can check the instructions and join a test meeting to make sure it works. Please join 5 – 10 minutes early and use your real name, so we can let you in from the waiting room and ensure a safe classroom.


  • Your laptop + charger
  • A pair of headphones (over-ear headphones provide better audio quality and block out outside noise)
  • A good, stable internet connection – if possible, connect to the router with an ethernet cable rather than WiFi

The sessions will be easier for you if you have two screens – here are some suggestions:

  • If you have two laptops, use the more powerful one for Ableton Live and the other for Zoom.
  • Use your laptop for Ableton Live and a tablet for Zoom.
  • Mac: put your laptop in extended desktop mode and connect it to your TV. Have Ableton Live on your laptop and Zoom on your TV.
  • Windows: Connect your laptop to your TV and use multiple monitors to have Ableton Live on your laptop, and Zoom on your TV.
  • If you only have one screen, no worries, you’ll be fine! 😀

One tutor will be available to answer your questions on the Zoom chat throughout each session. It can help if you take a screenshot of your issue and send it to us. If you’re not sure how to take a screenshot, here are the instructions for Mac, and for Windows.

Let’s support each other! Please feel free to ask questions / link your work / share tips, tricks, and inspirational videos on our Facebook Page. This is a safe and supportive space 🙂 This is also the perfect place to discuss collaboration, events or meeting up outside the group. 


Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about the course material or course delivery. We can answer quick questions over email, or if you’d like a video call / phone call with Emily, she offers a discount to course participants. 

Book a 30-min session with Emily for £10 here

Book a 60-min session with Emily for £20 here.

Feel free to ask us any questions via email:


Week 1: The Session View 

  • Introduction to the basic functions of Live 
  • How to program beats

Week 2: MIDI & Live

  • Choose Instruments in Live and record melodies / basslines
  • Create and edit MIDI clips

Week 3: Developing Your Ideas

  • Organise your Project with names, colours and groups
  • Add Audio Effects
  • Play with MIDI Effects

Week 4: The Arrangement View

  • Record your ideas from the Session View into the Arrangement View
  • Learn more techniques to arrange and edit your clips
  • Create a song using Samples from the Browser

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