Production Techniques

Bring Your Musical Visions to Life!

Welcome to the exciting world of music production! In this 12-week course, you will embark on a comprehensive exploration of the fundamental concepts and advanced techniques involved in creating, shaping, and polishing music across various genres, Including: Hip Hop, House, Techno, Pop & Rock. The class progressively introduces students to the role of a music producer, arrangement techniques, various genres’ origins, and production methods associated with those genres. The hands-on approach, practical sessions, and playback sessions with feedback ensure a comprehensive and immersive learning experience.

This course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to bring your musical visions to life.

Previous slide
Next slide

Emphasis is placed on working with different genres of music. In each genre, you will look at the culture, technology, instruments, and origin story of the genre and then listen to tracks from the early days to the current hits. After a deep dive into those concepts, you will ultimately produce your tracks in those styles. 

You will be responsible for producing four tracks in the class. We will take time in each class to work on your tracks so students can get production advice and assistance in person. You will also be working at home or in our studios to complete your songs. After each genre, we will have a listening session to playback the tracks to the entire class. 

Production Techniques

Playing a Piano or Synth

Course Overview

There will be work due on specific days of the course.  The majority of projects will be done through in-class participation.  In-class assignments must be completed to pass this class.  Students are expected to participate in all class activities. 

  • Introduction to the role and responsibilities of a music producer.
  • Understanding the producer’s role in the music creation process.
  • Exploring the various hats a producer wears: creative, technical, managerial.
  • Case studies of renowned producers and their impact on music.
  • Understanding the importance of arrangement in music production.
  • Exploring how arrangement influences the emotional impact of a song.
  • Defining musical genres and their characteristics.
  • Analyzing examples of songs from different genres and their arrangements.
  • Exploring the history and origins of house and techno music.
  • Studying the key elements of house and techno production: rhythm, basslines, synths, vocals.
  • Analyzing classic tracks from these genres.
  • Discussing the evolution and subgenres within house and techno.
  • Students work on a production project incorporating concepts from previous weeks.
  • Guidance on refining arrangements, sound selection, and mixing techniques.
  • In-class production session with instructor feedback.
  • Playback and analysis of student tracks, discussing strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Introduction to samplers and their role in music production.
  • Understanding sample-based production and its impact on various genres.
  • Exploring creative sampling techniques and copyright considerations.
  • Hands-on session with samplers and sample manipulation.
  • Tracing the origins and evolution of hip hop and R&B music.
  • Analyzing the production techniques used in these genres: beats, sampling, vocal processing.
  • Discussing the cultural and social significance of hip hop and R&B.
  • Listening to iconic tracks and deconstructing their production elements.
  • Continuation of the production project, focusing on sampling, beats, and vocal processing.
  • Instructor-guided session to address challenges and enhance production skills.
  • Playback and peer review of student tracks.
  • Introduction to synthesizers and their role in sound design.
  • Understanding synthesis techniques: subtractive, additive, FM, wavetable, etc.
  • Exploring synthesizer parameters and modulation options.
  • Practical session on creating custom sounds using synthesizers.
  • Tracing the origins and evolution of rock music.
  • Analyzing the production techniques used in rock: guitar recording, drum production, dynamics.
  • Discussing the influence of rock on modern music.
  • Listening to iconic rock tracks and dissecting their production aspects.
  • Exploring the history and evolution of pop music.
  • Analyzing pop music production: vocal arrangements, hooks, electronic elements.
  • Discussing the crossover between pop and other genres.
  • Listening to significant pop songs and breaking down their production elements.
  • Students work on their final production project, drawing from all the techniques and genres covered.
  • Emphasis on creativity, innovation, and personal style.
  • Final project presentations with playback and class discussion.
  • Reflection on the course journey, growth, and future steps as producers.

1-on-1 coaching

24/7 access to our extensive learning management system

group accountability

Brian Eno

"If you had a sign above every studio door saying, 'This Studio is a Musical Instrument,' it would make such a different approach to recording." –

Ready to Enroll?

  • In Studio Training
  • Day & Evening schedules
  • 1 three hour session per week for 12 weeks
  • book Personal studio time each week
  • access to our fully loaded studios with great mics & pre-amps
  • Join our in studio classes from the comfort of your own home or studio
  • Get all your burning questions answered
  • Unlimited access to our extensive online learning management system