Mosaic Sound Collective Launches EDU Programing for Artists and Musicians




“Mosaic EDU” Courses Include Audio Engineering, Live Music Boot Camp and Touring Health & Wellness

 AUSTIN (JAN. 2019) – Mosaic Sound Collective, Austin’s creative hub and musician resource center, is launching a comprehensive curriculum of affordable public classes and workshops aimed to help artists and musicians build sustainable careers. The courses, offered under the auspices of Mosaic EDU, will be taught by notable music industry veterans such as Greg Gonzalez, founding member of Groupo Fatasma, and each will offer practical hands-on training in topics ranging from live music boot camp to audio engineering.

 Mosaic EDU launches Feb. 5 and will continue throughout 2019 with a robust schedule of programming crafted for artists and industry professionals at all career stages. The classes will be held at Mosaic’s 25,000 sq. ft. campus located at 6400 FM 969 in East Austin.  

Mosaic’s educational programming is a collaborate effort with its current tenants and community partners. This sustainability model supports the organization’s mission to create a one-stop-shop for artists to access the tools, skills and relationships necessary to support a creative career.

“Our education program is designed to provide tangible trade skills for today's working artist, with their budget and schedule in mind,” says founder Dan Redman. “Mosaic EDU is a way that artists can learn skills that allow them to focus on their art instead of putting it on the back burner to pay their bills.”

Additional programming will be announced in early 2019. Planned course topics include music business basics, podcasting, gear repair, screen printing, DJing, publishing and licensing, studio recording, PR, screen printing, modular synth construction and many more.

Full course information, instructor bios, sign-up and pricing information can be found here.

Upcoming Classes:

Live Audio Engineering Basics with Paul Minor

About: Live Audio Engineering Basics prepares aspiring sound engineers with the skills and knowledge required to operate a professional sound system for a live band in a small to medium-sized venue.

Date and Time: Four classes, weekly on Tuesdays, 6 – 9 p.m. / Feb. 5, 12, 26 and March 5

Cost: $150 for four sessions

Instructor: Paul Minor is a 35 year veteran of the Austin music scene. He has toured with major artists including Fastball, Joe Ely, and the Texas Tornados. He has installed and operated sound systems in numerous venues throughout Texas including White Horse, Hole in the Wall, North Door, Stay Gold, Lowbrow El Paso, and Padre’s Marfa.

Live Music Boot Camp with Mike Henry

About: Live Music Bootcamp offers a concentrated behind-the-curtain look at four areas of expertise needed to succeed on stage, both in Austin or as a touring artist. Class focuses include getting the gig, show marketing, managing tours and how to book and play better gigs.

Date and Time: Four classes, weekly on Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m. / Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27

Cost: $25 per session or $80 for the four-week course

Instructor: Veteran talent buyer, event producer and touring musician Mike Henry has curated top Austin venues including the Electric Lounge and The North Door, as well as the Bunkhouse Saloon and Neon Reverb Festival in Las Vegas. With more than two decades of experience, Henry’s booking highlights include Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, Rakim, Melvins, Jeff Buckley, The Breeders, RJD2 and many more.

Intro to Ableton with Greg Gonzalez

About: In this two-hour session, students will learn what Ableton does and what it can do for them. Students will see the platform at work interfacing with live instruments, controllers and other applications that can put them on the fast track to producing their own music.  This workshop will feature a hands-on demonstration and lots of opportunities for Q & A.  Students don’t need a copy of Ableton to attend, but if they do own the software, they bring along their laptop.

Date and Time: Sat., Feb. 9 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Cost: $30

Instructor: Greg Gonzalez has been a professional bassist for 25 years and is a founder of the Grammy award winning Latin-funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma as well as its affiliates Brownout, Brown Sabbath, and Money Chicha. Cumulatively these bands have garnered more than a dozen Austin Music Awards, and in 2011 Grupo Fantasma received a Grammy for its self-produced album El Existential. Greg is an active member of the Austin music community with nearly a decade of experience teaching music production and composition, both privately and as an instructor at the Recording Conservatory of Austin and the Beatlab afterschool program.  He has composed and produced music on a variety of DAWS (digital audio work stations) including Protools, Ableton, Reason, Logic, Garageband, Acid, Sonic Forge, Sibelius and Finale.

Building Your Authentic Brand and Audience with Lyle Burns

About: This series will guide musicians, artists and labels to take the vital next step after they’ve created great music: developing their brand.  From telling an authentic story to finding an ideal audience, this workshop offers an actionable roadmap for effective branding – which leads to more lucrative gigs and a more engaged fan base.

Date and Time: Four classes, weekly on Thursdays, 7 - 9:00 p.m. / February 7, 14, 21 and 28

Cost: $25 per session or $80 for the four-week course

Instructor: Lyle Burns is a creative consultant, strategist and co-founder of The Noise Complaints Group, whose mission is to help people create art without compromise and build a sustainable career. Burns helps creatives, managers, and companies build their brands, grow their fan base and develop career and monetization strategies.

Intro to African Marimba with Joel Laviolette

About: This class offers an opportunity for ALL skill levels to learn a song on a giant hand-built African marimbas (wooden xylophones). Whether an absolute beginner or a seasoned musician, this one-time class will quickly teach students to play music inspired by the community spirit and joyful high-vibration energy embodied in African music.

Date and Time: Sat., Feb. 23  / 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

Instructor: Joel Laviolette has more than 20 years of experience playing and teaching Zimbabwean music around the world. His marimba students have gone on to play in bands featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live and at the Austin City Limits Festival.

Health & Wellness on the Road with Darlene Starr

About: Practicing herbalist and nutritional therapist Darlene Starr spent decades in the music industry and on the road. The challenge to maintain a healthy lifestyle while touring inspired her to develop actionable strategies aimed at bettering the lives of busy artists and professionals on the go. Together with a variety of local health and wellness experts, Starr will lead classes throughout the year on topics ranging from healthy eating on the road to “Tour Bus Yoga.” Programming details TBD.

For more information on Mosaic Sound Collective’s mission, model, programming and support opportunities, visit

About Mosaic Sound Collective

Founded in 2015 by Dan Redman, Mosaic Sound Collective is a 25,000 sq. ft. campus located in East Austin providing affordable space and professional services for the creative community. Mosaic is a one-stop resource hub connecting artists to the tools, skills and relationships necessary to support a sustainable career. Mosaic’s sustainability model works through a combination of creative industry tenants, Mosaic-owned revenue centers, and collaborative relationships with outside organizations. Proudly powered by artists for artists, Mosaic supports the creative ecosystem through collaboration rather than competition.

Media Contact:

Krissi Reeves / High Kick PR / 512.659.1385

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