Course details

Digital Music & Sound Production

Year level



1 Day



Max students


Course details

Digital Music & Sound Production

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM LINKS: VCE Music Performance Unit 2 – Area of Study 2 and 4, Unit 4 – Area of Study 1. Music Style and Composition Unit 4 – Area of study 3
TECHNOLOGY USED: Ableton DAW on Mac, Ableton Push, Recording equipment

Music is an integral part of all cultures from the early human history, expressing and reflecting human experience. Music exists in a myriad of forms, each able to elicit an array of intellectual and emotional responses from its audience.
In much of modern music, traditional instruments have been replaced or augmented with digital and virtual instruments. This program introduces students to the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), digital instruments and sound production and recording techniques.

Program Summary
Students will be challenged to harness their creativity in this program as they create their own original music pieces of digital music using a DAW and the Ableton Push 2 instrument.
Push 2 allows live real time music creation by making beats, playing notes and chords, and working with samples. Students will use Ableton Live as a tool for composing, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering. The program will conclude with students presenting a live performance of their musical creation.

Taking part in this program, students will collaboratively:

  • Create a short musical piece for a live performance
  • Investigate the use of digital audio techniques – composing, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering
  • Present their piece to an audience
  • Reflect on learning


Career Links:
Artisans: Film makers, sound engineers, set designers, journalists, musicians