If you’re looking to develop a solid foundation in using one of the world’s best digital audio workstations, our Introduction to Ableton Live online course is the perfect starting point. This online course allows you to grasp the fundamentals of the Ableton Live platform, while developing your skills and knowledge of music production essentials.  

As an Ableton Certified Training Centre, ICMP is well placed to get you started with the powerful Ableton Live platform. Our beginner-level course is perfect for electronic music enthusiasts, whether you’re interested in creating for performances, a career or just for fun! You’ll learn how to generate music – from composing and sampling through to recording, arranging, and mastering – and will finish the course confident in how to access the wealth of features, effects, sounds and instruments the Ableton Live platform offers.

Throughout this online course, you’ll experiment by creating tracks of your own, before taking the next step of transferring your music into a live performance setting. You’ll be able to form and design music in a vast number of styles, across multiple genres, to suit your interests and passions.

By completing this beginner-level course, you’ll develop the skills you need to confidently and creatively use the Ableton Live platform. You’ll be able to:

  • Generate end-to-end tracks of your own, in any style or genre
  • Understand and employ techniques such as warping, time-stretching, arranging within a dynamic timeline and quantisation
  • Get super creative and form your own instruments, allowing you to go beyond the platform’s existing instrument libraries
  • Keep your tracks, samples or projects organised for internal routing using Drum Rack  
  • Understand how to use the Beats and Grooves feature to create unique grooves and energise your patterns when you extract and apply them
  • Learn how to make the most of Ableton Live’s mixing and mastering functions to finesse your tracks.

Take this online course features an ICMP tutor

One-on-one support

If you’re keen to learn how Ableton Live can transform your music production, but would like the guidance of an experienced tutor, this course is perfect for you.

This course features one-on-one support from an ICMP tutor and a weekly class live sessions. You'll receive personalised video feedback to help apply the course learning directly to your music production creations. This individual approach will help you grasp the power of the platform more quickly, improving your six-week course experience.

Study Introduction to Ableton Live with:

  • Weekly assignments reviewed by your tutor
    • Deadlines and challenges will help you establish a positive learning routine
  • Personalised video advice and ongoing tutor interaction
    • Gain a solid understanding of Ableton Live via constructive tutor feedback
  • Weekly hour-long ‘class live sessions’ with your tutor and peers
    • Discuss tasks and assignments, and give and receive feedback to strengthen your music production skills
  • Peer discussion and class interaction
    • Explore a range of Ableton Live techniques with the help of your classmates. 

At the end of the six-week period, you retain access to the course material so you can review it whenever you need to.

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We're offering a bursary for up to 60 students on a range of our short music courses for those who have no previous experience of Higher Education.


Key facts

  • Weekly assignments reviewed by your tutor
  • Personalised video advice and ongoing tutor interaction
  • Weekly hour-long ‘class live sessions’ with your tutor and peers
  • Peer discussion and class interaction
  • 6-week course

This course has been developed by ICMP Music Production tutor Marcello Ruggiu – a fully qualified Ableton Certified Trainer. Marcello has been making electronic music since he was a teenager in his bedroom with his Yamaha sequencer, drum kit and computer. He’s managed and operated recording studios in both the UK and Italy across his esteemed career.


Marcello is an expert at using Ableton Live in his electronic music production both at home and in the club, where he performs under the name ‘Amousement’. He runs regular CRUX audio/visual nights across London and has recently published an Ableton guidebook sharing the tips, tricks and expertise he’s gained over the past decade as an Ableton trainer.


There are no specific course entry requirements, as this course has been especially designed for beginners with no previous experience using Ableton Live. You’ll need to have an Ableton Live subscription, though, and the platform installed on your own computer in order to participate.


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