Electronic Music Composition & Arrangement [NYC] – 343 Labs
Electronic Music Composition & Arrangement [NYC]
Electronic Music Composition & Arrangement [NYC]
Electronic Music Composition & Arrangement [NYC]

Electronic Music Composition & Arrangement [NYC]


Learn the music theory and composition techniques to bring your musical ideas from your head to the DAW, and learn the steps to arrange your track from start to finish. 

Knowing your DAW inside out is essential, but will not necessarily lead to making good music. To write a great song you need to understand how the various musical elements such as melody, harmony, bass and arrangement come together to create a cohesive composition that can ultimately express your message. In this course you’ll cover the fundamentals of music theory and apply this knowledge to compose great melodies, chord progressions, and drum patterns. You’ll learn how to take your initial 4-bar idea and turn it into a full arrangement, so that you’ll leave the course with an inspired original track.

Requirements: This is a beginner level course with no prior music knowledge required. We recommend pairing this course with one of the beginner music production courses.


In this course you will learn:


Learn how beats in various genres are composed rhythmically, and how manipulating drums rhythmically will add groove and feeling to your song.


Understand how scales, chords, and intervals form the basis of music composition, and learn piano basics to compose a strong melody, chord progression, and bassline.


Explore the most common song structure types in popular and electronic music, and learn how to apply structure to your own tracks by analyzing tracks by successful producers.


Learn to choose instruments according to range, timbre, and function, to best express the mood of your track, and arrange parts in a cohesive way.


Learn how to keep your track interesting through the use of variation, applying effective techniques to create tension and release.


Discover how creating smooth transitions and ear candy will add the final polish to your arrangement, and add finishing touches to your track.

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where ever you are

Taking classes online with us allows you to learn remotely from where ever you are, learning from the same great instructors that teach at our New York City location.

Every course is held virtually with your instructor via video conferencing technology, which means classes are fully interactive, you can ask questions just like you would in an in-person class, and you’ll get feedback from your instructor right there on the spot. In addition, all classes are recorded, so if you ever miss a class, or want to go back to review a concept, you can.

We also have numerous online platforms available for students to engage with fellow students and teachers throughout the week, giving you the support you need to achieve your goals.

Join us at free
Online Livestream Events

We host Masterclasses, Feedback Sessions, The NYC Ableton User Group, Open Showcases, and many more music events all year around.

What students say

Absolutely TOP NOTCH Music Production classes and instruction! John Selway was an amazing instructor and I can't wait to take another one.

Ariel Alexander

I took an Intro to Ableton Live course to learn production. As a very fresh producer and DJ I was able to accelerate my learning of the tool and make progress in finding my sound. The instruction was particularly notable – the community format is great for getting feedback on material, and works well especially for those who learn best in an interactive environment.

Alexa Alianiello

This was such an amazing learning experience. The class was small, intimate and welcoming. The teachers were super helpful and always around before and after class for additional advice and questions. I took the Ableton Live Summer Intensive and would recommend to anyone looking to deep dive into this powerful program. I'm now off into my own musical journey!

Ivan Rodriguez

The instructors at 343 are outstanding. True professionals who are masters at the software they are teaching. Highly recommended. I've done both in-person and remote online courses, and had great experiences with both.

Josh Miles

Ready to level up?

Our goal is to provide our students with the highest level of music education, pairing some of the most experienced instructors in the industry with a highly specialized curriculum. Class sizes are small, ensuring an intimate learning experience for our students, and taught using the latest music technology. In addition, we provide our students with a supportive and engaged community of artists, producers, and performers with weekly events to build relationships, network, and continue learning.

- More Ableton Certified Trainers than any school worldwide
- Real-time instruction, student questions, and feedback
- Intimate class sizes (roughly 5 students) ensuring maximum student/instructor interaction
- Motivation and inspiration from experienced instructors with real industry success
- Online community forums to ask questions outside of the classroom and meet peers and collaborate
- Daily free community events
- 40% discount on Ableton Live
- 20% discount on Ableton Push

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