Icon Online Frequently Asked Questions
How much prior experience do I need to be successful in one of your online programs?
Our usual guideline is that you have at least some prior experience with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) such as Ableton, Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, etc., and be able to perform some very basic operations such as creating an audio track and adding some simple loops.
What are the differences between taking a course at Icon LA versus Icon Online?
Each of our programs has its own advantages.
At Icon LA, classes are held in person with the instructor and your classmates, the facilities are available outside of class, you can hang out with your peers, and you are in Los Angeles.
With Icon Online, you are free to study the class videos and other materials and do your classwork whenever and wherever you want, on your own schedule. You can also watch videos and review class materials wherever you are via the convenient mobile apps we use. You can stay in your own city (and country) and connect with classmates via online video meetings and our virtual community, the Hexicon. This all makes it possible for students with jobs or families to join the Collective from wherever they are and study with us at their convenience.
What equipment do I need to take Icon Online courses?
Our list of required equipment and software includes the following:
- Ableton Live (the latest version)
- A Mac or Windows computer that meets Ableton’s minimum system requirements
- A microphone for recording vocals and external sounds
- A MIDI keyboard (49-key or larger)
You will also need a relatively fast Internet connection for watching videos, attending online Office Hours and uploading your coursework, we recommend at LEAST 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up. These are the bare minimum speeds, you will have a better online experience if you have a faster connection. (To test your connection speed you can use this site.)
How do I take a course online?
New material will become available in your online courses each Sunday morning. You can log on and work on the new lessons anytime during that week. We advise new students that they will need to spend 16-20 hours per week for our full course load, depending on their level of prior experience.
Is online learning for me?
Do you consider yourself a self-directed student?
Do you work well on independent projects?
Are you motivated to complete assignments and meet deadlines on your own?
Can you find one or two hours a day in your schedule to watch videos, work on class projects and communicate with your classmates and instructor?
If you answered “yes” to these, you’re ready to study online with Icon!
What genres of music do you teach?
We teach skills and techniques that apply to all styles of music: production and mixing, arranging, ear training, keyboard skills, MIDI programming, and so on.
How long are your courses and programs?
Our full Blueprint Music Production program can be completed in 18 months. Our individual Series are 11 weeks (three months) each.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes we do. You can pay your tuition quarterly or monthly, or pay in full.
Will I be able to learn from different instructors while at Icon Online?
Yes! You will have one instructor for each course you take, and you’ll be able to attend each of their Online Office Hours each week. You’ll also meet online each week with your personal Studio Mentor.
In addition, you’ll be able to attend our regular in-house Q&As with guest artists and industry reps, these are streamed through our online course platform.