About Isaac Cotec

Isaac Cotec is the founder and manager of the record label Invibe Music. Invibe represents some of the Pacific Northwest’s best electronic music, and specializes in midtempo dance music. Through managing the label, and his own musical career, Isaac Cotec has stood out for his ability to balance the business side of music with his own creative passions. Over the years, while working on his own music, Isaac began teaching recording techniques, sound design, and Ableton Live to private students. For over 5 years he's helped producers step up their game and succeed as musicians. In 2012, Isaac joined the Warp Academy to teach Live through their cutting-edge online music academy. Since, he has helped develop their core video library, an archive of videos on every feature available in Live.

Music Technology Training with Katie of Midnight Music

Over the past year I have been watching Midnight Music. It’s a website that offers courses in Music Technology. I really enjoy how Katie Wardrobe lays out information around iPads, music theory with devices, garage band, and the likes.  When looking online for information teaching technology, there is not a lot of info, and Katie is on the cutting edge as well as supporting the community of educators.

Here is what Katie does in here own words:

I’m a qualified teacher (but no, I don’t currently teach in a school) and I run hands-on professional development workshops in Australia and overseas. I also have a series of online courses and digital products that help support music teachers and I have presented at more than 50 conferences and other music education events. My workshops, courses and presentations focus on easy ways to incorporate technology through a range of creative projects into what you are already doing in your music curriculum.

I had the opportunity to interview Katie for our Meet the Educators series here at Classtrack.org. Check out the video below to get some insight into Katie as a teacher and her history with Music Technology.

If you want more project ideas than check out Katie’s website, Midnight Music. I also really enjoy her Pintrest where she has an organized way of sharing project ideas for teachers. (more…)

By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Meet the Educators|3 Comments

New Trade in Program to Help Schools with Music Technology

This year Ableton, a music technology company, has released an amazing new initiative for education. Ableton is known for their music software called Ableton Live. On November 3rd, 2015 they made a huge announcement that might bring a big benefit to music educators.

Live is a DAW that lets performers, musicians, composers, and sound designers make the music they have dreamed of.  Ableton has also made instruments to help interface with a computer and make it easy to write music. The main hardware they created was the Ableton Push.

Here is a video from Ableton about the trade in program:

Here is an introductory video on the Push:

What is amazing and cutting edge for this company is their announcement of the Push Trade In Offer. Ableton has just released an updated version of the Push called Push 2. To help support schools as they are asking people to trade in their old Push to get %30 off of their new purchase. Ableton then intends to offer these units to schools.  Knowing this company they will probably offer it for free to schools in need, or at a deeply discounted rate to make it approachable.

Here is a statement from Ableton:

We’ve seen some amazing initiatives that empower young people through music education. These initiatives teach young people how to make the type of music they love listening to.

But there aren’t enough programs like this out there – the cost of the technology needed is still prohibitive for many. And that’s something the Ableton community can help with.

If you take part in the trade-in, you’ll help more children and teenagers get inspired by making music.

I am really excited and inspired by this support in music education from Ableton. I would love to see other companies follow suit, and am happy to see Ableton blazing the trail.  If you are interested in getting your hands on the refurbished push units, then emailing Ableton at: pushinitiative@ableton.com

By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 November 6th, 2015|Ableton Live, Music Education|0 Comments

Meet the Educators – Brian Jackson Ableton Certified Trainer

No man is an island and no teacher is all alone. We are surrounded by people that help shape the educational landscape.  In this new series, we interview teachers and leaders in the field of Music Education.

Our first interview is with Brian Jackson, an Ableton Live Certified Trainer.  Brian is a great example of a freelance trainer in music education. He has worked with many different institutions, but has also done a lot of private and contract work. In this interview he discusses his path in music education, how he has gained students, and his lessons in writing curriculum in Music Technology.

Brian Jackson is always up to new things. He has a fantastic blog and website for teachers and students in Music Education. Check formlabsnyc.com and iempsg.com to learn more form Brian.

By | 2017-01-24T17:06:00+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Meet the Educators|0 Comments

Becoming an Ableton Live Certified Trainer

Becoming an Ableton Certified Trainer was a huge step in my carrier.  It has opened a lot of doors for me. I get questions from students at colleges, online, and through email about what being an Ableton Certified Trainer means.  To help shed light on the subject I created the following video. In this video we look at the process of becoming certified, what it means, and why you might consider it.

You can see that being a Certified Trainer is quite a task. I do believe that if you make a mark for yourself, and find a cutting edge way to add value to the community that you are on the right path. If you are just getting started, we have lots of resources here at Classtrack.org to help you out. If you are a new teacher in this field, then check out our Ableton Live Breakthrough course to get you up and running.  It can help to get a little kick start.



By | 2017-01-24T17:06:01+00:00 October 26th, 2015|Ableton Live, Music Education|0 Comments

Why Become an Online Teacher

I absolutely love being able to teach people all around the world. Just today I woke up early and had a student in Thailand. Then after 2 more classes by mid day I am off to do whatever I want.

More than 7 million people take at least one online class a year.

With numbers like that, there is one certain thing. People like and want to learn online. There are a lot of reasons why learning online fits into peoples schedule. This is also not one sided. As a teacher, you can gain greater freedom from teaching online.  Here is a list of reasons why you should consider teaching online.

Teaching Offline to Online

1. Personal Freedom

This one is probably the most obvious, and still a huge perk of teaching online.  By teaching online you can live anywhere, do anything, and have teaching fit into your life and not the other way around. Even if you teach at an online school or college you still get the benefit of not being tied to a place, or having to fight traffic.

2. Save the Rerun

As any teacher will tell you, one of the hardest things is keeping the same information you have been taught over years interesting to you, and in turn your students. Ever wonder why your old professor seemed distant and detached? Maybe he has been teaching the same thing over and over for years. It’s closer to meditation, repeating the same mantra over and over than it is an engaged way of teaching.  With online teaching you can record all the basics. If it’s something you have to repeat all the time, just record it and make it available for students.  This can save you time and energy that can then move into learning new things around the subject you love.

3. Any Interest Counts

You might have a really hard time getting students for your passion on a specific type of LEGO robotic set you like. Who in your area would want to go to the class. Well, online you might find thousands. Actually, this is exactly what Dr. Graeme Faulkner did with his Udemy course that got over 5000 people!

You can teach any passion you want online and you will find students. Remember, there are over 7 million students online. That number is also just going to increase over time.

4. Passive Income

There are many different ways to teach online. I teach interactive workshops, private classes, and prerecorded courses. Each one takes a different approach and skillset.  One of the unique advantages of online teaching is the Pre Recorded route. This way you can spend a few months on a course and let the money come in over the years. I am still making money from classes I released over 4 years ago.  This is a great way to bring in a passive income stream. You could make the classes in-between jobs and then just sit on it.

5. You Create the Value

One of the big differences of freelance online teaching and institutionalized teaching is how people perceive value in our course. Now in a college people think it has value because of the infrastructure around it. The course reviews, national standards, the course credits, and so on. You might think that being an independent teacher would have a disadvantage here. In reality it is the exact opposite.

As a College teacher, you need to go through a lot of education and hoops to get where you are. Online is completely different. You can go from learning something to teaching it in no time. I have taught whole new subject I just learned in under 6 months. The reason people think my class and knowledge is valuable is because I show them it is. I define the value of my course. I define my expertise.  As long as you are an intelligent person and know the basics of marketing you can help people see the value in what you are doing.  It truly is a freeing approach to teaching.

6. Teach Your Strengths

There are many different ways of teaching online. You can teach live streaming events like my Creative Live classes. I taught over 2000 people live from all around the world. You can also teach webinars with a set amount, like 200 students. Or you can teach personalized lessons that are one on one streaming online.

Because of this you can find your strengths as a teacher. Some teachers are much better at off the cuff teaching and just doing Q and A with students. This is perfect for private lessons. This freedom will let you build off of your strengths as a teacher.


Of course, there are challenges teaching online. In seeing the benefits you can already see why so many teachers are moving to online education.  I’d love to hear your comments below about your experience teaching online. Why did you start teaching online, or why do you want to start teaching online? Join the community discussion.

Here at Classtrack we are going to be diving into the benefits students have in taking classes online, as well as the many other aspects of teaching. If you want a play by play approach to fast track your career teaching online check out the Teach Online Success course. It will present you with a step by step roadmap and tools needed to get started and succeed as an online teacher.


By | 2017-01-24T17:06:01+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Teaching Online|0 Comments
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