DAW Music in Lausanne


Apolline's computer music program is designed to introduce students to the use of computer music, focusing on software such as GarageBand, Logic Pro and Ableton. Students will learn the basics of these music production tools and how to use them to create and record their own music. The course will also focus on the importance of mastering these tools for today's musicians and producers, exploring different techniques specific to the software. Mixing basics are also covered, as creating a good balance in a session is a key step to working accurately. By the end of the course, students will be able to use these tools to create their own music in a professional and efficient manner. With our MAO course curriculum, students will be able to learn modern music production skills that are essential for success in today's music industry.

Objectives and skills

  • Getting to grips with the software
  • composition
  • recording techniques 
  • Arrangement of songs 
  • knowledge of mixing
  • workflow
  • music theory and harmony


For more details, discover by following this link all the skills developed during guitar lessons with us.

Concerning music theory, it is important to specify that, at Apolline's, this subject is integrated into the instrument course, sparingly and in coherence with the subject studied by the child. In this way, the theory fits with the practice and becomes easily digestible and interesting. To learn more about this subject, please consult our article on music theory lessons.

Learning music with Apolline

How to leave the usually rigid framework of the first years of musical learning found in most schools in Switzerland? Based in the center of Lausanne, the Apolline School of Arts has a different philosophy. Rather than offering children and teenagers individual lessons, small group lessons - of 2 or 3 students, depending on the instrument - are emphasized. Working in a group offers many advantages to students who are beginners or have little experience. To learn more, see our article on private VS semi-private music lessons. In addition, Apolline offers its students the possibility of joining a group workshop, in addition to the basic instrument course, so that they can play with other musicians of their age. Accompanied by a teacher, they will learn to play together, through covers or their own compositions.


Cours Duration Monthly Price* One price**
Children and adolescents (under 18):
Privé 60 minutes 119.00 CHF 1'390.00 CHF
Adults (from 18 years old):
Privé 60 minutes 129.00 CHF 1'490.00 CHF

* 12 monthly payments from September to August(voir notre règlement).
** Price for the payment of the whole year's courses in one payment.

Prices are valid for annual registration (courses from September to June). All fees are included in the prices listed. Registration during the year is possible (prorated according to the number of remaining courses)

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Doing CAM (Computer Assisted Music) has many advantages for artists, musicians and producers. With software such as Ableton, CAM allows you to compose, produce and record music using a computer. It offers great flexibility and precision in music creation, allowing you to work on very precise details and create complex sounds and arrangements. CAD software also offers many tools for sound processing, mixing and mastering, which allows the production of high quality music. It is therefore an indispensable tool for artists and musicians who want to produce professional music. It also facilitates collaboration between musicians and producers by allowing them to work remotely on the same project. Finally, the MAO is accessible to all thanks to our courses. It is therefore possible to learn the basics of composition and music production without necessarily having any prior knowledge of music. In summary, doing MAO is an excellent way to create professional quality music using computer-assisted production tools such as Ableton. It allows you to explore new creative horizons, collaborate easily, and learn the basics of music composition and production.

To progress in music production, it is important to practice regularly. This means spending time experimenting with different music production tools, trying out new ideas and working on new projects. It is also important to listen to music from different genres and artists to broaden your creative and technical horizons. By listening carefully to the music you like, you can analyze the structure and sound elements that make up the song. This can help you better understand how the different parts of a song are arranged and how the sounds are produced. Finally, it can be helpful to seek advice and feedback on your work. You can participate in online or in-person music production groups to share your music and receive constructive feedback on your work. Constructive criticism can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and give you ideas for improving your music production.

Computer music software allows the user to create and produce music using a computer. The software, such as Logic Pro, provides an intuitive graphical interface for recording, editing and mixing audio and MIDI tracks. When you start a DAW project, you can choose different types of packages that contain samples, virtual instruments and effects to help you get started. You can also record audio tracks from your microphone or audio interface, or you can create MIDI tracks using a MIDI keyboard or other interface. Once you've recorded or created tracks, you can edit them using the tools in your DAW software. You can adjust volume levels, pans, effects and EQ for each track. You can also add reverb, delay or compression effects to change the sound of your tracks. When you've finished recording and editing your tracks, you can start arranging your music. In a DAW, you can easily move sections of your song around, adjust the length of tracks and add transitions to create a cohesive structure. Finally, when your music is ready, you can export it in a variety of formats for sharing or posting online.

Computer Music is used for both live and studio applications, but the techniques used may vary depending on the application. In a studio setting, CAM is used to create and record music. Producers use DAW software to record and edit tracks, apply effects, and mix the different parts of a song. They can also use virtual instruments and samples to create unique and original sounds. In a live setting, DAW is used to create live performances. Performers can use DAW software to play pre-recorded tracks and add effects in real time. They can also use MIDI instruments to control live sounds and effects. In terms of creation, DAW offers a great deal of creative freedom for both studio and live performance. DAW software allows artists to create unique and original sounds using a wide variety of tools and techniques. It also allows for precision editing and mixing of tracks, enabling artists to create high quality productions. In short, DAW is used for both live and studio applications, offering a great deal of creative freedom in the creation of music. The techniques used may vary depending on the application, but DAW software offers a wide variety of tools for recording, editing and mixing tracks, as well as adding effects in real time during live performances.

There is no particular diploma given to students throughout their learning process. Indeed, Apolline favors learning that is based on pleasure through progression and not on performance. This is why we do not organize exams, and why there are no diplomas. Every year we organize a festival with the colors of the school: The Apolline Fest. You can read our article on this subject. Each student who wishes to do so has the opportunity to register and perform in front of an audience of friends and family. This is a good opportunity to showcase all the work done during the year. It is also common for our teachers to write letters of recommendation for students to help them achieve their goals. In addition, for experienced students, our teachers offer a professional curriculum to prepare motivated students for the art school entrance exams. All of our music teachers have a degree from an art school.

Yes, a computer music lesson can be taught online via webcam. With the advances in technology and the popularity of online courses since the pandemic, many teachers of all types are now using webcams to teach their students. Webcam MAO classes can be effective, especially for students who have busy schedules or live far from their teacher. We use several methods to teach online, using visual aids and screen sharing tools to enhance the quality of the course. It is important to note that a face-to-face class will always be more effective than an online class. Webcam courses can therefore offer a satisfactory teaching quality for motivated and autonomous students.

There is no minimum or maximum age to start learning Computer Music, as it depends on the interests and abilities of each individual. However, it is generally recommended that children begin learning CAM under adult supervision to ensure that they are using the tools and techniques correctly. For beginners, it is advisable to take a training course to learn the technical basics of CAD. Our training courses allow beginners to learn the various tools and techniques needed to record, edit and mix tracks. Experience in music can also influence the level of MAO skills. For example, if you have experience in music, playing an instrument or singing, it can help you understand music theory and how to use DAW tools to create music. In summary, there is no minimum or maximum age to start learning CAM, but it is recommended for children to start under adult supervision. For beginners, it is advisable to take a course to learn the technical basics, while experience in music can influence the level of MAO skill.

To record your guitar or piano on a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), you will need an audio interface to connect your instrument to the computer. Here are the general steps for recording your instrument to a DAW: Connect your instrument to the audio interface using an appropriate cable. Connect the audio interface to your computer using a USB or Firewire cable. Open your DAW and create a new audio track. Select the appropriate input of your audio interface for the audio track. This can be "Input 1" or "Input 2", depending on the configuration of your audio interface. Arm the audio track for recording. Start the recording and play your instrument. When you are finished, stop the recording. Listen to your recording to make sure everything is recorded correctly. It is important to note that the quality of the recording will depend on several factors, including the quality of the audio interface, the cable used, and the playing technique of the instrumentalist. You can also use effects packs to enhance the sound of your recording and add effects such as reverb or delay. In summary, to record your guitar or piano on a DAW, you'll need an audio interface to connect your instrument to the computer. You will then need to create a new audio track in your DAW, select the appropriate input for your audio interface and record your instrument. By using effect packs, you can improve the quality of the recording and add effects to customize your sound.

Unfortunately, for practical reasons, MAO lessons cannot be given at home. The location of the course remains fixed and allows students to receive quality instruction in a well-equipped and suitable room. In our experience, the distraction of the home environment can also be detrimental to the quality of instruction and concentration of the students, especially for younger students, which can negatively impact their piano progress.

It's hard to say which software is best for a beginner in computer music, because it depends on personal preferences. However, there are several popular programs for beginners, such as GarageBand for Mac users and FL Studio for Windows users. GarageBand is a popular option for beginners because it is easy to use and offers a wide variety of built-in sounds and effects. It is also free for Mac users. FL Studio is also a popular option for beginners, as it offers an easy to understand user interface and a wide variety of features. However, it is paid for, although there are free trial versions. It is important to note that the choice of software will also depend on each user's specific needs and budget. It is recommended to read online reviews and opinions for each software before making a purchase decision. It is also helpful to ask for opinions from other users, especially those who have similar needs to yours.

For the time being, we teach our MAO classes in Lausanne. In view of the growing interest for our courses, it is possible that we will open classes in various cities of French-speaking Switzerland, such as Geneva or Neuchâtel. As far as our music courses are concerned, we teach in our premises at Rue de Genève 46 in Lausanne, in rooms equipped and designed to provide quality courses.

No, it is not necessary to be an experienced musician to do computer music. Although knowledge of music theory and instrumental practice can be useful in composing and arranging music, it is not mandatory to start doing CAM. Many DAWs offer features and tools to help beginners compose and arrange their music, even without advanced musical knowledge. For example, some software offers pre-recorded loop packs that can be used to create music tracks, as well as quantization tools to help align rhythms. In addition, many online tutorials and training courses are available to help beginners learn the basics of computer music. With practice and perseverance, even a beginner can create satisfying pieces of music. In summary, while musical experience can be an advantage in creating and arranging music, it is not a requirement to get started with computer-aided design. CAM software and online training can help beginners learn the basics of computer music creation.