Music Production Academy

Ages 14 & Up

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Music Production Academy

Who is this 1-on-1 Program For?

The Music Production Academy is a 1-on-1 program for students ages 14 - 18 that want to professionally produce their own music from the comfort of your home using Pro Tools and/or Logic. Please note that we have specific workshops that focus on a specific DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)


Learning Pro Tools or Logic can be overwhelming, and even counter-productive on your own. Learn from the ground up how to configure your settings, record your ideas via analog input, XLR (Vocal Microphone) and MIDI via virtual instruments, and the basics of mixing using Compression, Equalizers and Basic Effects such as Reverb and Delay.


This program is offered using the following teaching models. Each student gets to select what works best for them and can switch at any time. 

  • 1-on-1 In-Person
  • 100% Virtual
  • Hybrid (Mix of Virtual & Safe In-Person) 

Dates & Times

This is a private 1-on-1 program that meets 1 hour or 30 minutes each week at a regular time.

Contact us with additional questions.

Music Production Academy Curriculum 

  • Students will begin the Music Production Academy with a session focused on software installation and configuration for each students' devices.
  • Students will receive a virtual tour and understanding of the controls to be used throughout the workshop.
  • Students will learn audio tracks, midi tracks, aux/sus tracks and master fader techniques for music production.
  • Students will gain a strong understanding of staging, clipping and levels within music production.
  • Students will learn techniques of arming, recording and basic editing to a grid and click track.
  • A session on compression, EQ, reverb and delay will establish a strong, well-rounded understanding of professional music producting.
  • Students will review a final edit and mix of their music, reviewing the do’s and don’ts, and what to look for and avoid in music production.

Supplies & Devices

  • Smartphone, Tablet, or Laptop to use for attending Zoom sessions
  • Laptop with Pro Tools or Logic Installed
  • Wired Headphones or Earbuds (Preferably Headphones)
  • Zoom App on your device
  • Writing Utensil


  • 1 Hour - $80 (Weekly)
  • 30 Minute - $40 (Weekly)
    * Please note that CHMA charges a one-time $25 registration fee for each individual program.

Meet Your Teacher

Evan bio (1)

Evan Graham Dunn has a Bachelor's Degree in Audio for Visual Media from Columbia College. When he isn’t teaching multiple instruments, songwriting, and music production, you can find him working out of his studio in Chicago producing and recording clients, mixing and scoring for commercials and film, or touring and gigging out in one of his multiple bands.

Along with his international success on BBC Radio and magazine coverage with his progressive rock band Alaya, Evan has charted on iTunes and Amazon while holding 4 songs in steady rotation on Sirius Radio’s “Coffee House” with his Folk Rock / Americana band “Edward & Graham”. Evan loves what he does, and can't wait to help you do the same by maintaining a light-hearted, down to earth and humorous approach in all of the courses and lessons he offers with CHMA.

derek bio


From an early age, Derek has been immersed in the world of music. He had the opportunity to study jazz piano under the tutelage of renowned pianist and Frank Sinatra's preferred Chicago pianist, Wellington Schiller. Derek continued his musical education at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. He embarked on a touring career with the national touring band, Phix, and performed alongside notable artists like Sugar Blue, John Kattke, John Kadlecik, Mer, and Chicago Radio DJ Kevin Matthews, among others.

After years on the road, Derek felt a strong desire to establish Clarendon Music Academy. Its mission is to offer innovative and contemporary music programs and lessons. Today, CHMA is successfully achieving that goal.

Enter your Name & Email to receive a One Time $25 DISCOUNT and Information on how to ENROLL

You can TEXT OR CALL (630) 986-8742 with your questions