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McNally Smith Hosts FREE Ableton Day: Saturday, February 25 (10am–5pm)

High school and college students and adults of all ages with a passion for music production are invited to attend Ableton Day at McNally Smith College of Music. This FREE event takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, February 25 on the McNally Smith campus, located at 19 Exchange Street East in downtown St. Paul, MN.

SAVE YOUR SPOT: Ableton Day is free to attend, but space is limited. Register online to save your spot.


Ableton Day provides music makers of all skill levels with a unique opportunity to learn about and experience using the cutting-edge Berlin-based product developer’s music production products, including Live, software that turns the music studio into an instrument, and Push, a hardware instrument for playing and composing with Live.

Ableton Day Guest Presenters:

Erin Barra: An acclaimed artist, expert educator in music technology integration and product specialist for Ableton, Barra will share songwriting techniques, give product demonstrations and answer questions about the role of technology in music production.

Charles Hainsworth: An electronic musician/music educator based in Minneapolis, MN. With educational interests including modular synthesis and sound design, Hainsworth writes music as Empathy Cell and performs live hardware sets with a modular synthesizer and sampler.

Thomas Faulds: A sound designer and percussionist, Ableton Certified Trainer Faulds is inspired by new technologies and production and is an active participant in the dynamic Chicago music scene. Aside from recording and releasing albums, he works as an independent music tech consultant, teaching the inner workings of music production tools to students and professionals alike.

Leon Jarwoski: A Minneapolis-based producer, remix artist and DJ, Jaworski has worked with The Crystal Method, BT and Adam Freeland. His diverse original and remixed music has been featured on Beatport, Crooklyn Clan, and Crack 4 DJs. A guitarist and vocalist, Jaworski is most recognized for his involvement in electronic music. Using Ableton Live since 2006, he specializes in DJ instruction utilizing Live, Advanced Production Techniques, and Remixing with Live.

Beats by Girlz – Minnesota, was launched in Fall 2016 by She Rock She Rock, and is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum designed by Erin Barra and taught by local electronic producers and musicians. The program empowers youth in music technology by providing them guidance, access, tools and role-support to develop interest in music production, composition, and engineering.

About Ableton:

Ableton makes products for musicians, producers, and DJs to create and perform music. These include Live, software that turns the music studio into an instrument; Push, a hardware instrument for playing and composing with Live; and Link, a technology for playing in time together. Ableton was founded in 1999 and released the first version of Live in 2001. Since then, the company has attracted a worldwide community of dedicated users. Ableton’s headquarters are in Berlin, with an additional office in Los Angeles. The company is run by its founders and currently has about 230 employees.