New Recording School Offers Young People Hands-On Production Experience

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“Beat Club for Kids” and “Beat Basics for Teenagers” allows kids to work alongside industry veterans, gain real-world experience.

The Vatterott College Ex’treme Institute by Nelly – St. Louis, the innovative recording studio in the heart of Laclede’s Landing, is now offering interactive classes to children, ages 8 through 12, in music composition and production.

Unique to the school is the ability for students to work alongside music industry veterans, including artists, producers and engineers while gaining real-world experience. The hands-on, age appropriate class, called “Beat Club for Kids,” is held on Saturday, March 24 and May 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and costs $75 per student, with special pricing available for additional children. The class teaches a variety of skills, ranging from choosing the right drum beat pattern to adding various sound effects. Students are taught the very basics of music composition and gradually develop working knowledge of song construction and mixing.

A similar music production program offered for teenagers, “Beat Basics for Teenagers,” is geared toward a slightly more mature audience and is held on Saturday, April 7 and May 19. The program will grow to eventually include dance, painting and other artistic options for young people.

“Music is a very powerful medium and a way for many young people to express themselves,” says Pam Bell, Chief Executive Officer and President of Vatterott Educational Centers Inc. “This class gives kids and their parents a taste of our full roster. They can see what the school is all about and if they like the program.”

For more information, parents are encouraged to visit the school’s website,, or call 314.657.4400. The studio is also available for parties and large groups.

About Vatterott College Ex’treme Institute by Nelly
Founded in 2011 by Vatterott College and St. Louis native Nelly, Ex’treme Institute by Nelly-St. Louis is dedicated to providing those passionate about music with the right skills and education to extend their knowledge of recording engineering, production and design. Students get hands on training and the opportunity to work alongside artists, producers and engineers in today’s music industry. To learn more, please visit

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