Sunburst Blog

Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  August 31, 2018 

Send us your music for #Tunesday!

Sunburst Students! Send us a video of you practicing or performing something you've been working on, cover or original and we'll post it to our instagram on #tunesday! Send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  August 17, 2018 

Greeting from Camp Studio 2018

Studio TimeThis years Camp Studio was the biggest and most fun yet! We had a great team of creative young musicians and producers, who really worked hard on the camp's number one goal: making an album in a week. We began with songwriting on Monday and moved our creations through the music production process throughout the week, including basic tracking, overdubs, mixing and mastering. We also crafted music videos for a few of our songs and put on an all original concert for friends and family! 

Here's our album: 


And music videos for "Friends" and "Dead Dancer":



At the request of some of our campers, here are the stems for some of our tracks. "stems" are the individual tracks that make up a song, which can be used for making your own remixes. Basically each layer of the song becomes it's own audio file, all of which are exactly the same length, so that when you load it into your favorite DAW software (check out Sunburst's Music Production Buyers Guide for tips) everything lines up correctly. If you're using Garageband, loading stems as as simple as opening a new project and just dragging all of the stem files together into the arrange window. 

If you have any questions about how to do this, let us know, we'd be happy to help.

Thanks everyone for an amazing week! 

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Fin Haggerty-Hammond by Fin Haggerty-Hammond  August 02, 2018 

Sunburst Music Production Guide to Buying Software and Hardware

Whether you’re taking music production lessons with us at Sunburst, recording your band, making beats, or composing chart topping EDM there are a lot of directions music production can take you, but only one place to start!

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  July 02, 2018 

Instructor Concert Calendar - August 2018

It’s a busy season for your favorite Sunburst instructors, here’s where you can catch them!

Shane, John O., Ben R.

Casey (and Alex)

  • Donora at Allegheny County Summer Concert Series - South Park Amphitheater - Fri, Aug 10


  • Empath Sober Bar Pop Up - 5341 Kincaid St - Fri, Aug 17th



Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  August 02, 2018 

Instructor Band CD’s for Sale!

Instructor Band CD'sDid you know that many of your favorite Sunburst instructors are also original artists, writing songs, touring and making records?! Cool huh? Support your local music and arts scene by purchasing sunburst instructor’s band’s CD’s from the front desk (and then listening on Spotify ;)

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Casey Hanner by Casey Hanner  July 23, 2018 

Greetings from Robot Takeover Camp

When our Robot Takeover campers arrived on monday morning, all they had was a pile of wood, 16 servo motors, one controller, and a computer. Using their imaginations and some critical thinking, the students used these supplies to create a music-playing robot named Bobert.

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  July 02, 2018 

Instructor Concert Calendar - July 2018

It’s a busy season for your favorite Sunburst instructors, lots of album releases and big shows at great venues! get out and support local music!


  • Buffalo Rose at the Deutschtown Music Festival - Hughshows Stage - Sat, Jul 14th
  • Buffalo Rose at Vine Rewind - Strip District - Sun, Jul 29th

Ernie, Kiki, Jonathan G

  • The Buckle Downs - Deutschtown Music Festival - Middle & Foreland Stage - Fri, Jul 13th - 9pm

Alex, Ernie, Ben R, Kiki, Casey, Chloe, Jonathan G

  • townsppl at Picklesburgh - Clemente Bridge - Sat, Jul 21 - 7:30pm

Casey (and Alex)

  • Donora at WYEP Final Fridays - Schenley Plaza - Fri, Jul 27th

Chloe (w/ Kevin and Ben S.)

  • Chloe Wiecz Collective at Deutschtown Music Festival - Allegheny City Brew - Fri, Jul 13 - 7pm



Mikey by Mikey  July 02, 2018 

So Mikey, What Are You Up To?

Over the past few months students and parents have been asking me “so what are you doing with your music?”

I’ve spent the better part of two years focusing strictly on songwriting.

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Ernie Francestine by Ernie Francestine  July 02, 2018 

Sunburst Summer Concert Guide

Get out and see music this summer! From some huge stadium shows to some great outdoor summer events, our summer concert guide has something for everyone.

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Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  July 02, 2018 

Summer Recitals August 25th

Can’t wait until December to get back on stage and play your song? We can’t wait that long to hear it! Our summer recitals will take place on Saturday August 25th and are open to any and all students who would like to perform.

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Instrument Rental

Want to start taking lessons but don't yet have an instrument? We have tons in the studio available for you to use or rent!


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Pittsburgh, PA 15217