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Music Production and Composition for Beginners (Level 1)

Music Production for Beginners

My personally designed Music Production course is aimed at complete beginners who have the desire to discover how to compose, record and produce their own music. The course is structured in a way that will enable you to make the style of music you love. It is ideal for aspiring composer’s, producer’s, musicians and sound engineer’s.

For this course you will have the opportunity to learn either Logic Pro or Ableton Live (GarageBand is also an option to get you underway), both are industry leading digital audio workstations (DAW). Each session is tailored to your personal interests and goals, exploring both the theory and practical applications of working techniques and practices, in order to provide you with a solid foundation of the overall production process. Lessons are held one-to-one to allow you to learn at your own pace and receive the resources and support you require. I will continuously keep track of and review your progress so that your objectives are always being pursued.

Here is the overall course content:

An introduction to Music Production
An introduction to Logic Pro or Ableton Live
Inputting MIDI – Piano playing & drum patterns
Working with and editing audio
Basic Synthesis & Sampling
Recording & Mic techniques
How to arrange your song
Using effects and automation
Basic music theory
An introduction to Mixing
Personal support and guidance throughout
Create the music you love

Who is it aimed at?

This course is for teens and adults of all ages who are complete beginners. It may be for you if you wish to consolidate the knowledge you already have. Please see the Further Music Production course or contact me directly if you would like to discuss further.

Extra information

Access to your own computer/laptop and music software
MIDI Keyboard and headphones/speakers also useful

Location

At teacher's location: B2032, Coulsdon CR5, UK
At student's location: Around Bletchingley, United Kingdom

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Skills:

Age:

Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)

Student level:

Beginner

Duration:

60 minutes
120 minutes

The class is taught in:

English

About Me

Through my studies and work in the industry, I have developed into a thought-provoking and versatile composer. My compositional work during my master’s degree in Music Composition at the University of Surrey was awarded an Ableton Live prize for the unsurpassed compositional work at level 7. I also composed my first album, Evolution, consisting of 5 pieces that embody the musical evolution I experienced throughout both of my degrees and special experiences travelling across Europe.

I began my career as an electronic dance music producer and composer, releasing club ready pieces through various independent record labels, most notably Simma Black. My music has progressed to more ambient and alternative electronic musical styles, fused with influences from Avant-pop and EDM. This evolution has coincided with my experimentation in live digital improvisation practices, from playing instruments in unconventional ways to live electronic performances using Ableton Live and controllers. One of my aims is to compose pieces that have the capabilities to be performed and reworked live. As well, I hope to utilise concepts, visuals and video as the inspiration and direction for my future compositional work.

As well as my extensive work in composition, I have built vast experience as a DJ, performing at various clubs in London, Guildford and Bristol. I had a monthly residency at Pacha, London, alongside a residency at the University of Surrey’s student union club, The Livingroom as part of the Dance Music Society. Similarly, I have DJ’d at birthday parties of all ages, special events and conferences.

I took up the piano early on in my development, continuing through to my teenage years. At this stage, I discovered music software that allowed me to compose, record, mix and export compositions. Hours of investigating and studying enabled me to undertake a Music and Sound Production BTEC course at college. After achieving distinction, I was accepted at University to study Creative Music Technology at undergraduate level. Once graduating, I spent a year freelancing, honing my compositional skills and building the foundations for a new musical direction. As a result, I then believed I was ready to take a master’s degree in Music Composition, graduating in 2018 with Distinction.

I am currently learning the guitar, I hope this can add a new dynamic to my music in the future. I wish to release some new pieces throughout 2019, while offering my expert knowledge and experiences with young, budding composer’s, producer’s and DJ’s through private tutoring and informative online articles. Together with other services available, such as stem mixing and music production consultation.

My Qualifications/Achievements:
Music Theory Level 5 (ABRSM)
Ableton Live Prize at Level 7 – Digital Composition
Ableton Live & Logic Pro X expert knowledge
MMus in Music (Composition) – Distinction
Full Enhanced DBS Checked
Full UK Driving License

Education

Masters in Music Composition - University of Surrey (Distinction)
BHons Undergraduate in Creative Music Technology - University of Surrey (2:1)
BTEC in Music & Sound Production - East Surrey College (Distinction)

Experience / Qualifications

My experience in teaching includes, guest lecturing, presentations and private one to one teaching. Since completing my master's degree, I have performed a number of guest lectures at the University of Surrey, exploring various processes and techniques I have developed for live digital improvisation and composition. I have also given presentations and seminars, exploring the research I have conducted into the basics of generative music systems, my music processes and compositional techniques.

I have taught children from the age of 5 upwards, currently with a number of one-to-one sessions and small group lessons. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, taking pride in seeing their progress and them reaching their goals.

I am also a WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) tutor running various courses for adult learners across the Surrey area.

I am fully enhanced DBS certified.

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