I'm not too shabby when it comes to this whole video editing facade. Though I could give you some workflow tips which hopefully would be of help.
First off, my prefered program would be solely After Effects.
I think it's best that you learn about exporting straight away, so that near the end of your project, you can round off everything without facing rendering troubles.
I like to use 'Markers' a lot; very useful when it comes to audio syncing.
A nice a tip I think, would be the 'Convert audio tot keyframes' option (under Animate). Does what it says, effective in making dynamic visuals.
Uh. I won't go on. As tbf, I have no idea if this is of use.