Recording artist academy

Ages 14 and up

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Recording Artist Academy

Who is this Program For?

The Recording Artist Academy program will match you with a music coach/producer to show you how to Create, Record & Distribute your own music. No previous formal music training is required. If you love to sing, this program is a perfect fit.


While working with a “hands-on” producer, you’ll work to make your song the best it can be. In the Recording Artist Academy, you’ll learn tips and tricks to get the best performance possible and learn what “producing” means by dreaming up ideas and implementing them into your music for the best possible listener experience. You will also learn how to properly promote your music with photos, artwork and a business approach. You will learn how to protect your music, and potentially earn money off your musical creations!


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. 

  • In-Person

Dates & Times

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

Contact us with additional questions.

Recording Artist Academy Curriculum 


The creation process is where the magic begins. You and your dedicated RAA Coach will walk through the process of developing melodies & lyrics for your songs. Once those elements are established, your coach will craft a custom music track that matches your melody, lyrics, and personal style.


Once the writing process is complete, it is time to record your vocal parts. This is time to show off your skills. Once you throw down your singing tracks, you and your coach will mix and master your musical work of art. Adding these final touches is the key to developing a musical creation that is worthy of sharing.


Releasing your music is what separates a true artist from a casual hobbyist! Sharing your music worldwide will inspire you to constantly improve your skills as a performer. We have a relationship with CD Baby to distribute your music to popular streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube Music.

Supplies & Devices

  • USB Mic or Interphase (We will help you pick the best gear that won't break the bank)
  • Laptop, Phone, or iPad for recoding and zoom sessions
  • Headphones
  • On of the following apps: BandLab, Garage Band, Logic, Audacity, Pro Tools 
  • Zoom App on your device


  • 1 Hour - $85 (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

Derek Berg has lived and breathed music from a very early age. He was fortunate to have studied jazz piano with renowned pianist and Frank Sinatra's "go-to" Chicago piano player, Wellington Schiller. Derek went on to study music at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. He was fortunate to dive into a touring career with the national touring band, Phix. Derek also had the opportunity to play with greats such as Sugar Blue, John Kattke, John Kadlecik, Mer, and Chicago Radio DJ Kevin Matthews just to name a few.

At some point after years of touring, Derek felt a calling to open up Clarendon Music Academy. The mission has always been to provide a fresh and contemporary approach to music programs and lessons. CHMA is pulling that off in a big way.

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