This Fall NSA is proud to launch its state of the art Media Lab. The digital Lab is equipped with Mac Pro work stations with specialized hardware and software allowing users to play, compose, edit and program digital music, create and produce work.  Also new this year is the use of software for fashion design and graphic design.  


Young Music Producers 

Ages 9-12, Saturdays, 10:00 AM

Teen Music Producers

Ages 13+, Saturdays, 11:00 AM

In this class, students become music producers as they compose original tracks using professional, but easy to use, computer software and technology. No prior knowledge of music theory required, students will have fun learning the basics or making use of the skills they’ve developed in other classes. Students will explore their creativity as they layer beats, rhythms, and melodies with loops, sequencers, and synthesized sounds. There are so many instruments and effects that students can choose from, genres they can work in, and methods for orchestrating their songs, that every composition comes out unique.

Advanced Music Producers

Thursday 6 PM

Here’s your opportunity to gain real-world recording experience; becoming your own audio engineer and music producer while learning in-depth skills using state-of-the-art technology! Students will be hands-on with Logic Pro X music production software, microphones, audio interfaces, and more. We’ll record in the classroom, in a vocal booth, and even at live performances. Classmates will collaborate as they create original songs and  podcasts layer by layer, turn them into MP3s, and then upload them to music sharing sites like Soundcloud. This class will be a fun introduction to the world of music and sound recording, but also a serious one as we use math and science in addition to creativity to solve problems. It’s called engineering for a reason!

Composing and Songwriting at the Computer

Ages 13+, TBD

In this class, we will explore the fundamentals of music composition and songwriting using computer software namely, Finale and Logic Pro. Students will learn how to analyze classical and popular music, create songs in various styles and genres, and edit/mix them in Finale and Logic Pro. Our main goal is to provide students with basic composing and songwriting techniques that they can apply to their own works. There are no prerequisites for this course other than a good attitude and an interest in music. By the end of this course student will be able to: •    Create a song using Finale and Logic Pro •    Understand the basic forms and structure of classical and popular music songs •    Enhance and correct music sound quality using Logic Pro. Topics covered in this course: •    Song form/structure •    Style & genre •    Melody & harmony •    Chord progressions •    Rhythm & groove •    Lyrics         

Coding from Scratch

Ages 8 and Up, Saturdays 1:00 PM

Students will learn basic coding techniques through interactive and exciting projects. The students will use “Scratch™" to create computational artifacts like games, animations, music composition and other applications using ideas from their lives and interests. The goal of this class is to increase fluency with computational thinking and programming concepts.

Advanced Coding and Video Game Design

Ages 13+, Mondays, 4:30 PM

If you’re serious about video gaming but always wanted to learn how to make them from scratch. Then you’re in the right place, because here in this class you will create some of your very own games. Once we complete the games we will compete and see who’s the king or queen of the arcade!

Mobile App Design

Wednesdays at 5:00 PM

If you’ve ever had a great idea and thought that there should be an app for that; then this is the right place for you.  In this class we will explore the world of app development so you can bring your ideas to reality.

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Ages 12+ Taught by VIS+COM+CODE

Saturdays, 2:00 PM (12 weeks, starts 2/4/17)

In this 12 week course you will learn what it means to be a creative thinker and to unlock your inner creative genius!  You’ll gain access into what controls our psychology and how our decisions and thoughts are controlled by what we see, hear, read and watch. 

You will be able to bring your ideas to the table and bring them to life using the tools that the professionals use everyday.  And you will leave the course with a higher understanding of the world around you. 

 Enter the Digital Age of Professional Creativity! 

• Learn from working professionals how to create a brand from the ground up! 

• Learn how value is created. 

• Learn Skills that will make you stand out in today’s job market

• Bring your projects and passions to life!

Introduction to Digital Video Creation

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM

Nothing tells a story like video!  By 2020,82% of all on-line activity will be video streaming.  Join the video revolution and learn how to start your own channel or make and edit digital videos that will amaze your friends, and clients.