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Learn to Produce Music

Subject Area
Performance & Production
Start Date
May 2022
Study Mode
8 Weeks
Entry Requirements
No previous learning is required, however a passion for either music or audio production is essential.

This course is suitable for adults who are interested in learning to compose and produce their own music. This could be for practising musicians who enjoy music as a hobby, DJ’s who wish to produce beats for themselves, or performers who want to develop their music technology skills.

The course aims at developing music production skills in a professional environment by an experienced and qualified tutor. This course will develop your understanding of Music Production from within a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and develop the basic technical skills needed to compose and produce songs.

On this course your tutor will guide you through the fundamentals of digital audio theory and technique, developing DAW based production skills whilst making reference to contemporary music examples. You will also be encouraged to bring in projects to get feedback.

Entry requirements

No previous learning is required, however a passion for either music or audio production is essential.

Course units

The units cover a range practical skills development as well as more general skills including:

  • DAWS and Cubase
  • Editing and Mixing
  • Sequencing, Quantising and Beat Making
  • Use Midi Keyboard and Midi Recording Techniques
  • Synthesised Music
  • Recording and Editing Vocals
  • Samples
  • Digital Audio Theory


We provide a concise, yet comprehensive course delivered in an industry standard environment by a practicing music and performance specialist. There is no formal assessment during study, students will be awarded a York College Certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Course fees


Courses costing more than £100 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

Course progression

The skills learnt on this course will provide good experience for enrolment on other music production courses.

Dates & course durations

May (Eve): 3rd May 2022 – 28th Jun 2022
Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
8 weeks

Study methods

Students will be taught by a specialist music technology tutor in an industry standard recording studio and music production suite. The course is mostly practical based, but digital audio theory will be covered.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Additional costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

Career progression

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge in music to help you progress and develop in a number of job opportunities to suit your personal needs and interests, or continue playing for pleasure.

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