Classes

PLEASE NOTE: Member discounts cannot be applied online. Discounted classes can be purchased in person or over the phone. For questions or to apply for a scholarship, please contact classes@theveraproject.org

Cancellation Policy

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Classes / Screenprint Classes

Intro to Vera’s Screen Print Studio

This comprehensive hands-on beginner class teaches you the basics of silkscreening, troubleshooting, working with fabric printing and basic registration. Get comfortable with the shop layout, equipment, and culture. This class is also the prerequisite for using the studio during Open Session.

SCREENPRINT: Private Groups

Our classes are so popular that they advertise themselves! You can book a private class for your non-profit, community organization, group of friends, company, band, everyone living in your communal house, or your book club – we are open to anything.

Classes / Audio Classes

Basics of Live Sound

Basics of Live Sound (formerly Sound 101) is both an introduction to live audio engineering and an orientation to Vera Project’s methods and equipment. Topics covered include an introduction to microphones and mic placement, signal paths, stands, cables, DI’s, snake, sub-snakes and etiquette for working with bands.

SOUND: Private Classes

You can book a private class for your friends, your classmates, your high school jazz band, …whatevs. You can book time to take any one or all of the classes we offer, or talk to us and our talented teaching staff can tailor one to your specific needs.

Small PA Workshop [LIVE SOUND]

This workshop is designed to acquaint students with a small PA system. Small PAs are generally used for band practices, acoustic sets, DJ sets, poetry readings, or even full blown rock shows with monitors (such as house shows or the shows Vera holds in its gallery!). Topics will include: speaker set up and placement, signal flow, setting up turntables, using EQ’s to ‘ring out’ a room, and mixing a small show.

Intro to the Recording Studio

A companion to our Basics of Live Sound, Intro to the Recording Studio is a two-hour introduction to the workings of Vera’s recording studio. Beginning with the basics, our professional studio engineers will explain Vera Studio’s mixing board, signal flow, and standard micing techniques as well as studio etiquette, organization and maintenance.

Live Sound Troubleshooting Class

The focus of this class will be two-fold: learning how to use the outboard gear that will inevitably lead to the need to troubleshoot. Some of the topics covered: diagnosing and tracing out of a problem, signal flow, and what to do in an emergency.

Live Recording Workshop [RECORDING STUDIO]

An introductory class covering the set up and multi-track recording of a live show on the Vera Project stage. Multiple groups will be recorded. Subjects include work flow, patching, gain stages and beginning ProTools.

Mulitrack Recording Workshop [RECORDING STUDIO]

Expand on what you learned in the intro class by coming in for a full recording session. This workshop will teach you the process of setting up and tracking a full band in Vera’s Studio! Subjects will include a deeper look at all of the topics covered in the Intro class with an emphasis on microphone techniques, signal flow, and critical listening.

Mixing for Monitors [LIVE SOUND]

Creating a good monitor mix is one of the most important skills for a live sound engineer to master. This advanced class will teach you the basic techniques in a low pressure environment. Subjects will include an introduction to Vera’s stage monitors, the basic ‘ringing out’ of monitors, EQing, and setting levels. The use of these techniques will allow you to create a clear monitor mix that will help performers be at their best.

Live Sound Front of House Mixing Class

This is the big one! A full two hours of mixing a live band in a low pressure environment beginning with the basics of mixing at the front of house board and ending with a full blown mix. Subject matter will include: Setting up for a mix, preamps, EQ settings, mixing styles, sound pressure levels, advanced outboard gear techniques and lots of critical listening.

Basics of Studio Mixing Class

In this class one of Vera’s experienced Audio Engineers will walk you through the basic setup of a mix and discuss the many ways you can reach your desired goal. Discover how critical listening for the music’s genre, EQ and compression techniques, bussing/aux sends and special effect plugins all combine to create a “master ready” mixdown.

Classes / More Classes

DJ-ing

A beginner-to-intermediate course where students will learn the basic DJ skills using Traktor software and controllers, be provided with software for home practice, and hone their skills before and during Vera Project main stage shows once they’ve completed the full course.

Vera Concert Lighting [9/28 DATE CANCELLED]

Vera Concert Lighting will introduce the basics of stage lighting. The class will focus on learning how to light a band on the Vera stage. Students will learn about different lighting instruments, how to hang and focus lights, as well as basic lighting console operation. A chance to control the lights to music and program your own chase will be an exciting activity that can’t be missed by anyone. With interactive demonstrations students will have a practical grasp on lighting systems at the conclusion of the class. In addition, participants of the class can expect to gain basic fundamental knowledge of working with a band and their lighting needs. If you’re interested in harnessing the power of Vera’s lighting then this is the class for you.

Writing About Music

This comprehensive 6-class course focuses on practical musical journalism. Through readings, assignments, discussions, and guest lectures from esteemed professionals, students will explore the history of popular music journalism, learn the craft of writing and begin developing the tools needed for a career writing about music and the arts.