Songwriting Music Producer (SMP) Diploma


Learn how to produce and write the songs you hear in the charts every day in classes of no more than six people, and gain our Extended Diploma. It carries up to 420 UCAS points which is equivalent to three A* grades at A Level.

Styles covered are Commercial Dance, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Urban, and out & out Pop! Have the knowledge and skills from many styles of music in your locker to stand out from the crowd in your genre. You will benefit by learning professional techniques from experienced songwriters, producers, and engineers including Grammy-winners. We are proud to list all of them, from all of our programs on our tutors page.  Be motivated and inspired by your instructors, classmates, and boutiquey feel of our facility in the creative hub that is London Fields.

 

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Ableton Live 9

Ableton Live 9‘s session view makes it revolutionary music production software. Top-line songwriters can audition all combinations of music they’ve composed on-the-fly, making writing melodies fun, creative and more productive. This is why we start you off on Ableton. We are an official Ableton certified training center and all GMP learners qualify for a 40% discount. And, you’ll always be able to refresh yourself with free access to all of our free intro and paid advanced online Ableton tutorials on Youtube during, and after you finish your program.

Music Foundation & Composition

Full of contemporary record production tips and techniques and knowledge you need to put together your own commercial (pop, rock, urban, singer/songwriter and commercial dance) backing track fit for A&R meetings and production music houses. From programming bass-lines, strings, basic synthesis, sculpting organic sounds, vocal & song arranging, getting the right sounds, and putting it all together to make your track sound as one and ready for a master mix.

Hit Top-Line Songwriting

Have you ever wondered why the songs that you write are okay but don’t sound like hits? Have you read songwriting books and watched tutorials on Youtube without them actually making any difference? This top-line songwriting module tells you what other sources either don’t know or don’t want to give away-the concepts shared here are designed to finally bring the hit songwriter out in you!

Sound Engineering & Producing Vocals

In our Sound Engineering module you will master the art of recording common instruments including guitar, bass, piano and synths. Yes, there is an art to recording synths! The vocal production section is not particularly aimed at singers, but at songwriters and producers. Because even if we don’t sing ourselves, we still need to be able to encourage, coach and produce artists and session vocalists, and the more we know about singing, vocal production and recording vocals, the better the main part of our song-the lead vocal-is going to sound!  Of course even though we cover vocal technique, actual singing in class is not mandatory — it is ok to just listen!

Logic Pro X

By the end of this module, you’ll be zipping around Logic Pro X like a pro, getting to grips with advanced features like Flexpitch, MIDI FX, chopping up loops and making them your own in the EXS24, alongside learning all about all the fabulous built-in sounds and FX now included in this fully comprehensive digital audio workstation. Many contemporary producers prefer Logic for the ‘sound’, and you can use both Ableton and Logic together so you get the best of both worlds.

Mixing & Mastering

First, we step out of what you would learn as a professional engineer by covering acoustics and how to set up your home studio environment correctly. Then it’s on to the fun stuff:  in-depth EQ, filling the frequency spectrum, dynamic controllers, mixing vocals, how to make just a few elements sound huge, and making all your parts sound as one exploring all the new amazing plugins in the latest Native Instruments Komplete bundle.  As you learn these mixing techniques, you will be shown how they apply within electronic music.

Sound Design & Production

Many pro music producers do not get past subtractive synthesis in their entire career, but you will cover subtractive, wavetable, granular, additive and frequency modulated synthesis all using Logic Pro X’s built in arsenal of synths. They’ll also be sampling, resampling, glitch, and more advanced beat-making techniques in this section as you develop your sound.

Music Business

Introduction-the music business yesterday, today, and the future, rights & societies, lawyers & managers, record companies and publishers. Synchronisation & licensing, D.I.Y. Tools, selling your music, how to get noticed and knocking on doors.

Music Producer

This module explores the roles of the music producer and brings together the many individual components, skills and concepts from all of the stages, from pre-production to completion and delivery of the final version. We focus on concepts such as creating emotion through sound and performance, visualising and defining the direction of the production and achieving your production goal. By understanding the essential concepts of music production, the arrangement of both musical notes and the ‘sonic field’. You learn how to make your band or solo artist (this could be yourself) both unique and compelling to get the very best out of your act.

Field Trips

Rather than having a classroom kitted out with what a recording studio would have in it, we take you to a fully commercial Miloco recording studio in London, so you could be learning how signal flow works on a Neve console while Florence and the Machine or Blur are recording their album in the room next door! We also visit where it all began for the school, The Briggs Warehouse, where you will get to play and program in a room full of old analogue synths and toys to find some real analogue sounds for your tracks. Recent artists in our old studio include Soul Clap, Robert Owens and Rui da Silva.

 

360 hours | £4999

20 weeks non-stop | Tues, Weds, Thurs | 11am – 6pm

Start: August 2nd

Academic Year | Three 10-week terms | Thurs & Fri | 11am – 6pm

Start: Third Thurs of September | 2: Second Thurs of January | 3: Last Thurs of April

Evenings | Six 10-week terms | Mon & Tues | 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Start: Third Mon of September | 2: Second Mon of January | 3: Last Weds of April (x 2)

Specialised private tuition also available for whole diploma. Contact us for more information

Payment:

If you’re accepted, you can secure your spot by paying a £250 deposit. For all course fee payments with no additional charges, we accept bank transfers and cheques or cash deposited into any Metro Bank branch.

Optional additional charges will apply if you wish to pay in installments throughout your course (8%), and for all card payments add 2%. We do not accept American Express.

If you have any questions before registering, get in touch.

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