LiveSET (Sound Engineering for Teens)

The LiveSET program includes Live Sound Engineering for Teens, Studio Sound Engineering for Teens.

These are exciting programs for youth 14 to 18 years of age to get real-world training in the art and science of sound engineering taught by top professionals in the field.

Students attend a series of workshops on acoustics, gain, signal flow, setting up a PA system, and more — all with hands-on work with sound equipment. The series will culminate in a sound showcase where students run the sound for a performance or lead a recording session, depending on the program.

This is a one-of-a-kind chance for young musicians, music fans, engineers, technical artists and creative types of all kinds to learn a valuable, interesting and employable skill: how to make live music and amplified audio sound its best in performance settings.

Currently Available Courses

LiveSET Spring 2022

Join the Live SET cohort and learn the basics of sound engineering in a venue with professionals in the field. The program is a commitment of 6 workshop sessions for a cohort of 10 students.

After a series of informational and hands-on practice, the students take part in a sound check day with live musicians, and fully engineer a free all-ages concert that is open to the public. The concert day is an exciting day featuring musicians in collaboration with partner organization Friends of Noise. Following the concert day, students will have the chance to connect as part of Friends of Noise' team of sound professionals for continued job experience.

Session One: April 2-24, 2022

Workshops at Mississippi Studios 
April 2, 3, 9, 10 (10am-3pm)

Sound check day at Mississippi Studios
April 23 (a time slot sometime between 10am and 3pm)

Show day at 14 NE Killingsworth in collaboration with Friends of Noise
April 24 (onsite from 10am to 5pm)

Session Two: May 14-29, 2022*

Workshops at Mississippi Studios
May 14, 15, 21, 22 (10am-3pm)

Sound check day at Mississippi Studios
May 28 - Memorial Day Weekend (a time slot between 10am and 3pm)

Show day at Oregon Contemporary Art pavilion in collaboration with Friends of Noise
May 29 - Memorial Day Weekend (onsite from 10am to 5pm)

*Note: part of this session occurs during Memorial day weekend.*

COVID Safety: Workshops will take place indoors, and we expect all participants to remain masked. Show day for session two will take place outdoors at the Oregon Center for Contemporary Art Pavilion. Students and instructors are required to provide proof of complete vaccination in order to join the program.

Other Courses

LiveSET @ Mississippi Studios and other local venues
We hope to continue in-person, small group Live and Studio SET cohorts during the 2022-2023 school year, depending on ongoing CDC recommendations.

Application Process

The application period for this program is now closed. We will choose 10 students to join each cohort. It is a value of this program to prioritize students of color and students who do not identify as male, in order to balance the current statistic that 95% of sound engineers identify as white males.

More Information

If you would like more information about Audio SET or to be added to our email list, please let us know at [email protected].


Thank You, Sponsors!

Young Audiences is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of Live SET:

Biamp - Platinum
Work for Art

Mentor Graphics Foundation

Herbert A Templeton Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Les Paul Foundation

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