About the course
This course comes with an AKAI MPK Mini MKIII 25 Key Midi keyboard and a 1-year license for Soundtrap Music Production software.
Looking to start producing music or develop your skills and start releasing your own music? Our course will take you through the fundamentals of making music. Your teachers will show you everything you need to know to get started or take your music production to the next level.
Got a question about this course? Give our course team a call on +44 (0)1565 228 266.
Over the course of 6 weeks, you will study:
- How to make a beat
- Getting into the right studio mindset
- Writing themes for your music
- How to write a bassline
- Different melody writing techniques
- How to lay out your track
- Adding FX
- Exporting your finished track
You can use any DAW for this course.
Two ways to learn
Observer Seat i
- 4 camera views
- HQ audio
- Watch live
- Download materials
- Re-watch later
Full Access i
- Same as observer plus:
- Own perspective camera view
- Interact live with the teacher
- Take part in groups & polls
- Collaborate with other users
We offer a 100% money back guarantee, if you change your mind and cancel 2 weeks before the course is due to begin.
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An in-depth overview of DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation), the different elements that make up a track and how they support one another to create a cohesive sound. We listen critically to track examples and build a basic idea in the style chosen by the group.
We build a drum part by first selecting sympathetic sounds that will work well together, then programming in some common rhythms into our DAW. We then create some realism in our drum parts using humanisation techniques and some swing to get our track moving.
Building melodies from scratch by beginning to develop basic compositional technique and some theory, while getting great ideas down quickly and in-key, by focussing on just a few notes to begin with and keeping things simple.
We learn to drive the melodic progression of our track by constructing some simple chords. We create a simple dyadic chord progression with just two notes per chord, in key and supporting the melody part from last week and our drum parts.
With a considered selection of sound and timbre, constructing an effective bassline that follows our chord progression will really get the different elements of our track moving in tandem and truly drives our track. Creating a simple sub bass will support our bassline and fill out the low end of our track.
To finish our track, we look at workflow techniques in building out an effective arrangement for our track, controlling the dynamics and the energy of our track over time, while balancing some variation with repetitive and recognisable motifs to keep the listener interested and engaged. We then use FX to further accentuate the development of track sections and to mark their entrance and departure from the soundscape.
Our FutureDJs music production syllabus teaches a broad range of key skills and techniques to train the next generation of well-rounded and technically sound producers. They also teach and develop key critical listening skills, improving broad musical understanding and music theory knowledge for those who take the course.
The syllabus has been developed in line with Music GCSE (AQA, OCR and Edexcel). Students learn all of the important skills using the incredibly powerful, intuitive and collaborative Soundtrap by Spotify to unleash their creativity. Following this course you will be confident to start creating music on your own. Accreditation coming in 2021.
Scott is one half of duo Austen/Scott (formerly Brodanse). He has collaborated with Grammy nominated act, Groove Armada on multiple EPs, signed multiple EPs to Joris Voorn’s label Rejected, won remix competitions and run masterclasses with Armin Van Buuren. He knows what it takes to put down that killer groove to make any dance floor move. Scott’s skills are in Ableton Live, focusing on house and techno production.
A multi-genre DJ + Producer, Guitarist and Kora player, Hugh graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music with Distinction from the University of Salford in 2019. Hugh’s taste in music is eclectic, particularly loving UK bass music and UK rap. Hugh learned to DJ with our Head Tutor Mark One and is currently working on his own music under the monikers Hugo Mansion and Eloki.