LiveSET (Sound Engineering for Teens)

The LiveSET program includes Live Sound Engineering for Teens and 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 2023

Join the LiveSET 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.

Spring 2023 - Session Dates

Workshops at Multnomah Arts Center

  • April 15, 16, 22, 23 (10am-3pm)

Sound check/Show day at Multnomah Arts Center in collaboration with Friends of Noise*

  • April 29, 30 (onsite from 10am to 6pm)

*Friends of Noise Partnership: As part of this course, Young Audiences will be working with Friends of Noise to offer a free, all-ages show that will be engineered by the class participants. Alumni of the course are also invited to join the Friend's of Noise Sound Squad which connects them directly with paid sound opportunities through the city.

COVID Safety: Workshops will take place indoors, and we expect all participants to remain masked. Students and instructors are required to provide proof of complete vaccination in order to join the program.

Application Process

We will choose 10 students to join this 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 over 90% of sound engineers identify as white males.

More Information

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

Thank You Sponsors!

Arts for Learning Northwest is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of LiveSET:

Biamp - Platinum
Work for Art

Mentor Graphics Foundation

Herbert A Templeton Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation

Les Paul Foundation

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