SILKSCREEN 101: Silkscreen Studio Orientation

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. Learn about techniques for creating screens, terminology, and techniques to be employed in entry level printing projects in the Silkscreen Studio.

  • Vera Silkscreen 101 is a prerequisite for all other classes as well as for drop-in studio use.
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates
  • Please note: Classes may be canceled due to holidays, conflicting events, or lack of an instructor.  Please call to confirm dates.

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SILKSCREEN: 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. Private classes cost $30 per attendee, and you have to have a minimum of 6 people participating.

Interested in booking a private class? Contact Vera at 206.956.8372 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with inquiries.


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SOUND 101

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. This class is designed for both the novices and experts of all ages and will give an overview of how a show is run at the Vera Project from the sound crew’s point of view. Discover why the accommodating, open minded “Vera Attitude” of show production is appreciated world wide.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After a person has completed 101, they are eligible to act as a Sound Runner for any Vera Project shows, to sign up for the Vera Audio Committee email list, and take advantage of opportunities that arise for our tech volunteers (tours, field trips, internships, etc).
Sound 101 is a prerequisite for all other sound classes.


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SOUND 102: Mixing for Monitors

Creating a good monitor mix is one of the most important skills for a live sound engineer to master. This advanced class will work with a live band in a low pressure environment. Subjects will include an introduction to Vera’s stage monitors, the basic ‘ringing out’ of monitors, EQing, gating, the techniques of creating clear monitor mixes and, if there’s time, an introduction to in-ear monitoring systems.

  • Prerequisites: Vera Live Sound 101
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After completing the Mixing for Monitors class one can sign up to be the Sound Assistant at Vera Project shows. Mixing for Monitors is required to the Sound Assistant position and is a prerequisite for the Front of House class.


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SOUND 103: Mixing for Small PA

This intermediate class is designed to acquaint sound engineers with the Vera Project’s small PA used for poetry readings, acoustic shows, DJ sets or full blown rock shows with monitors. 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.

  • Prerequisites: Vera Live Sound 101
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After a person has completed the small PA class they can rent the Vera’s equipment and run show of their own! (Tip: Vera Members get half off rental fees.)


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SOUND 201: Troubleshooting/Outboard Gear

The focus of this class will be two fold: learning how to use the outboard gear that will inevitably lead to the need to trouble shoot. Some of the topics covered: diagnosing and tracing out of a problem, signal flow, and what to do in an emergency. Compressors, gates, equalizers and effect processors will be explained and demystified. Techniques for their use will be thoroughly discussed and practiced.  Students are encouraged to come prepared with lots of questions.

  • Prerequisites: Vera Live Sound 101
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

Along with Mixing for Monitors, the Troubleshooting/Outboard Gear class is a prerequisite for the Front of House class and will prepare you for problem solving while doing Sound Reinforcement in the real world.


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SOUND 202: Mixing for Front of House

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. Find out why what we do is called “Sound Reinforcement” not “Sound Enforcement”.
This class will be limited to 6 people to increase time at the board.

  • Prerequisites: Vera Live Sound 101
  • Class Size: Minimum 2 Maximum 6
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After completing this series of classes Sound Assistants may be asked by Lead Sound staff to mix the first band of a show to increase experience and confidence levels. This is the last step before becoming a Vera Sound Engineer.


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SOUND: Private Classes

You can book a private class for your friends, your classmates,  your high school jazz band, etc.  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.  Private classes cost $30 per attendee, and you must have a minimum of 6 people participating.  It’s all the rage!

Interested in booking a private class? Contact Vera at 206.956.8372 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with inquiries.


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STUDIO 101

A companion to our Live Sound 101, Studio 101 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. Students with experience will especially enjoy discussions about our recording equipment such as our Microphones, Preamps and ProTools HD set up.

  • Prerequisites: Vera Live Sound 101
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After you complete Studio 101 you are qualified to volunteer for recording shows and to assist in studio sessions as well as to take advantage of opportunities that arise for our tech volunteers (tours, field trips, internships, etc).


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STUDIO 102: Live Show Recording Workshop

Put everything you learned in the Studio 101 to the test with a first person hands on recording experience. A short introductory class will be followed by the set up and 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.

  • Workshop runs from 5 to 10:30 PM one show a month, dates TBA.
  • Prerequisites: Vera Studio 101
  • Class Size: Minimum 2 Maximum 6
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After you complete Studio 102 you are qualified to volunteer for recording shows and to take advantage of opportunities that arise for our tech volunteers (tours, field trips, internships, etc).


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STUDIO 103: Mixdown Techniques

The final stage in multitrack studio recording is to create a 2 track mix of the songs. Getting a great mix is an art that sometimes takes years to master and this class is a great place to start. Mixing in and out of the box (ProTools vs. Analogue) will be the main focus of this class.

  • Prerequisites: Vera Studio 101 + Vera Studio 102 or equivalent experience.
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 10
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After you complete Studio 103 you are qualified to sign up for studio drop in to mix shows recorded at Vera,  a great way to practice your ProTools chops and help out the Vera Audio committee in the process!


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STUDIO 301: Home Recording Workshop

Beginning with the 4-track recording craze of the late 80s/early 90s and continuing with the proliferation of inexpensive new microphones and digital recording programs, home recording has increasingly become the norm. Students will begin with basic old school analogue techniques and explain how to get good sounds with minimal mics and tracks. Wondering what to buy to get your recordings off the ground? Discussions will cover new recording programs both Mac and PC, and what type of equipment to use. We’ll show you how to record everything from singer songwriters to metal bands, with the best strategies for limited resources. This class is designed to be tailored to what your musical interests are. For example, if you’re into Balkaan Folk / Easter European Polka, we’ll help you figure out how to mic your friend’s tuba.

  • This is a four-hour workshop, dates TBA.
  • Prerequisites: Interest!
  • Class Size Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: This class is $50, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

After you complete the Home Recording Workshop you will have the basic tools to record your own band on your own terms.


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LIGHTING 101: Vera Concert Lighting

Lighting 101 at Vera 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.

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class Size: Minimum 3 Maximum 8
  • Cost: all Vera classes are $30, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. (we ask for advance payments to guarantee spots in a class.)
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

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Writing About Music

2015 DATES
Spring Class: Monday, February 9th, 16th, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd at 7pm
Fall Class: Monday, September 7th, 14th, 21st, October 5th, 12th, and 19th at 7pm

  • 6 classes total, on Mondays from 7pm - 8:30pm
  • The class is cumulative, so all classes must be attended
  • Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 12
  • Cost: $150 for the course & total cost must be paid up-front, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person.
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

*Please note: Classes may be canceled due to holidays, conflicting events, or lack of an instructor.  Please call to confirm dates.
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Instructors:
Mark Baumgarten
Mark Baumgarten has written about music in the Pacific Northwest for the last decade, most recently as the editor-at-large for City Arts. He is the author of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music and is currently the editor-in-chief of Seattle Weekly.

Chris Nelson
Chris Nelson is currently media and editorial director for Pyramid Communications, which “gives voice to good causes” with nonprofits in Seattle, the Northwest, and across the country. Prior to this, he spent 12 years as a music journalist for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, sonicnet.com, Seattle Times, Seattle Public-Intelligencer and many other publications. In fact, his first visit to the Vera Project was in 2003 for a New York Times story on Seattle’s Teen Dance Ordinance. With reporting partner Brian Hiatt, he won the National Journalism Award in 2000 for a five-part investigative series on the riots at Woodstock ’99.

CLASS OVERVIEW
• Students will be given the opportunity to discuss the craft of music journalism with two instructors who have a combined three decades experience writing about music in the Pacific Northwest, and at least three guest lecturers who have published work at the highest levels of the industry.
• Each student will be assigned one concert to cover during the course. The student will be asked to write both a preview and a review of the concert.
• Each student will also be assigned one interview assignment. The student will interview a musician and produce a ready-for-publication Q&A.
• During the duration of the course, each student will also be asked to write a Favorite Album essay, to be completed and turned in by the final class.
• At the instructors’ discretion, other writing and research assignments will be given at the weekly class and will be due by 9am the following Monday.
• At your discretion, your final assignments will be published online and included in a print publication to be created shortly after the conclusion of the class.
• Participating outlets: KEXP, Seattle Weekly

SCHEDULE

Class 1: Prelude
Introductions, what music journalism is and why we do it.

Class 2: Dancing About Architecture
Practical approaches to writing about music and getting that writing published.

Class 3: How to Hear
The critical review, why it’s important to say both positive and negative things, and how to do both effectively.

Class 4: The First Person
How to write a personal essay or travelogue that isn’t all about you.

Class 5: What Do You Want From Me?
The journalist, the artist and the interview.

Class 6: The Deep Dive
Longform storytelling, why it is important to write in-depth profiles and features, and how to approach the seemingly impossible story.


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DJ-ing

A beginner-to-intermediate course where students will learn the full range basic DJ skills, be introduced to equipment, 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.

  • 5 classes per course, with a post-course off-site performance option
  • Classes happen on Saturday afternoons from 3-5pm
  • 2015 DJ Class Series Dates:
  • Series 1: February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, March 7th
    Series 2: March 28th, April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
    Series 3: May 30th, June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
    Series 4: July 18th, 25th, August 1, 8th, 15th
    Series 5: September 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th
    Series 6: October 31st, November 7th, 14th, 21st, December 5th
  • The class is cumulative, so all classes must be attended
  • Class Size: Minimum 3 Maximum 6
  • Cost: $120 for the course & total cost must be paid up-front, which can be paid via card over the phone (206.956.8372), or cash/check/card in person. Cost includes course materials and software.
  • Students must provide their own laptop computer
  • Check our webstore for upcoming class dates

*Please note: Classes may be canceled due to holidays, conflicting events, or lack of an instructor.  Please call to confirm dates.


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