Digital Audio

Digital Audio Programs

Where Technology Meets the Arts!

Studio 101
Studio 101
Studio 101
Studio 101

Our dedicated Digital Audio programs empower our youth to write, produce and record their own original music using industry-leading tools such as GarageBand, Ableton, Logic and Protools, while preparing the most dedicated students with pre-professional skill development in digital audio, DJ and sound engineering fields.

For some song examples from the students at our Digital Audio program at Bayview/Hunters Point YMCA, please check out Blue Bear’s SoundCloud page.

Current and past partner sites include:

  • GLIDE Memorial Church Teen Center
  • Telegraph Hill Teen Center
  • Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
  • Glide Memorial Church After School Center
  • Ida B. Wells Continuing Education High School
  • International Studies Academy
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Friends of the Children
  • Real Options for City Kids
  • Streetside Stories
  • Starr King Elementary School


Offerings in Digital Audio/DJ for Community Programs

Studio 101: Beginning Digital Audio Production teaches students to create their own original songs using the acclaimed Apple Mac program GarageBand. They work with a professional Blue Bear instructor to write, arrange and record instrumental and vocal tracks for their own compositions, or use GarageBand “clips” (or samples) to create their own remixes (a simpler version of this course is available for younger students). Music appreciation and understanding of all musical styles demonstrates the variety of types of songs students can create. All levels and interests are welcome, with no previous musical instruction required. At the end of the class, the students receive a CD of their original songs.

Studio 201 furthers the instruction and offers a glimpse into other more advanced programs such as Ableton, Logic and Protools. This course is designed to begin the transition into a more professional use of digital audio. Collaborative partnerships with onsite visual arts classes are also a possibility.

DJ Course is for students who are interested in a more current musical art form. Our teachers cover the history, technique and equipment, using DJ media of all types from classic vinyl to CDs, and newer methods including Laptop DJing using the Serato and Ableton Live programs. This program covers all styles and genres of DJing from Hip-Hop to Techno, with performance opportunities at completion of the course.