General Description

A growing number of educators are using Ableton Live and Push in the classroom. Their students are engaged in learning music, and empowered by making their own. 

In April 2021, Ableton made the entry level of the ground-breaking  DAW - “Ableton Live 11 Intro'' available for free. This move has the potential to revolutionise classroom music education by providing free access to performance and recording software that professionals and teenagers both love to use.  Its loop based interface is a game changer and it has already provided thousands of students with wonderful musical experiences. Now, every student can have access to this incredible software. 

We provide all of the resources you need to structure a Gig Based Approach to mastering Ableton Live 11 Intro. Participants will be introduced to Ableton Live 11 Intro by accepting a ‘gig’ to create a fully realised piece of music through a series of scaffolded performance/composition experiences.

We’ll cover all of the main features and equip you to help your students to master Live 11 Intro as they create a great sounding musical piece. 

Course participants will also have ongoing access to a suite of Live 11 Intro digital instructional materials that can be provided to students upon returning to your classroom.


For music teachers and music tutors

Teaching Standards

1.2.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Understand how students learn:  Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

3.2.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Plan, structure and sequence learning programs:  Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice.

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.

Via Zoom

This course will run via Zoom.  You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.



15 minutes

  • Introduction to Brad and Pete and their use of D.A.W.’s in the classroom

The Essentials to Ableton Live 11 Intro

30 minutes

  • Overview of Ableton Live 11 Intro features and the interface

Getting Loopy with it

30 minutes

  • Create a loop based performance in Ableton Live 11 Intro

Harmony and Melody

1 hour

  • Advanced features for creating harmony and melody parts in Ableton Live 11 Intro

Building your performance

1 hour

  • Advanced features for building your composition in Ableton Live 11 Intro

Presentation of Learning

1 hour

  • Present your Ableton Live 11 Intro performance


15 minutes

  • Question time


Gig Based Learning  (GBL)

Gig Based Learning (GBL)

Gig Based Learning is a musically informed, philosophically driven learning design and facilitation process. It gives teachers tools to provide students with opportunities for active, engaging, real-world music(k)ing with/for an authentic audience. Building on the integrated learning experiences model - performance, composition, musicology, aural, GBL puts all of these experiences to work for the benefit of producing a great gig, contextualising the learning for the student so that it’s ‘just in time’ not ‘just in case’