Welcome Guide for Students

Thank you for registering for one of our courses, you are now officially an NVMA student. To get you started, we’ve created a guide to get you ready for your first class.

Get Ableton Live

In class, we use Ableton Live 9 Suite. If you already have a copy, great! If not, you purchase Live at educational pricing (40% discount) by completing the following steps.

  1. Register for an account on Ableton.com
  2. Send an email to edu@ableton.com requesting educational pricing (be sure to attach your Student Confirmation - your receipt. If you can't find your receipt or never got one, contact us to get a new one).
  3. Once Ableton responds, you will be able to go to Ableton.com and upload a photo fo your ID and a copy of your Student Confirmation.
  4. That’s it! Purchase, download, and install.

Make sure your computer is ready to work!

We will be relying heavily on each student having a fully functioning (and organized) computer. Here are some recommended specs and a short list of easy things to do to speed up your PC or Mac.

Clean Up

  1. Organize your desktop, it is recommended you have nothing on it
  2. Update your OS to the latest version
  3. Clear our out unnecessary files
  4. Empty your downloads folder
  5. Empty your trash
  6. Backup your computer


  • Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 or later, or PC with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • 4GB of RAM (Minimum), we recommend 8 or 16 GB
  • 125GB of free HD space

Student Perks

Studio Rentals

As a student of the NVMA, you have access to our member studio for a hugely discounted rate ($25/hour). Learn more about the studio by visiting this page and when you're ready to book some time, click this button.

1-on-1 Production Lessons

As a student of the NVMA, you can book a 1-on-1 lesson with either Adam or Gavin for at 30% discount. Learn more about 1-on-1 lessons by checking out this page.

Student Prices for Special Events

As a student of the NVMA, you receive discounts on any workshops or special events we host at the school. Shoot us an email at learn@nightvisionmusic.com to get your discounted ticket price.