Electronic Music Academy

For serious learners who wish to learn how to produce top quality electronic music in class sizes of no more than seven people. You will benefit by learning professional techniques from the best DJs and electronic music producers in the business, including Grammy-winners. With opportunities to record and release tracks, undertake remix projects and create music for media such as adverts and computer games.

With homework and 360 hours of class time, with strategically placed mentoring sessions, you will write, produce, engineer, mix, master, and learn how to release and promote your very own 4-track EP.

Garnish was the first music production school in the world to offer the Music Grades System for music production, and all Comprehensive Academy students are entered for a Grade 6, 7, or 8 examination at the end of their program. More on music production grades here.

Introduction to Production with Ableton Live

You will get to grips with this revolutionary DAW in your first module, with Ableton Live being the nerve centre of your creativity. Through our hands-on instruction, you will discover the key concepts that Ableton Live offers, including the session and arrangement windows, clips, scenes, and warping. All GMP learners worldwide qualify for a 40% discount.

Music Foundations

Overlooked by many, but so useful in the long run, our electronic music composition section will save you hours of ‘hitting and hoping’!  We will provide you with tools that show which chords go well together for your style and show you how to program chords that ‘work’, bass-lines that groove and lead-lines that are catchy. We’ve had classically trained learners do this section of our program come away saying they gained a lot from our methods.

Audio Engineering

Another overlooked area by DJs and dance music producers is the science of audio engineering. Some would say it’s dull, but it’s easier to build something great if the foundation is solid.

Logic Pro

Many electronic music producers us Logic Pro to produce music in the later stages of production for its ‘sound’, or for all stages of production. This is why we have included it in our diploma. With our in-house Grammy-winner being a fan of Logic, it’s safe to say that you will be in good hands learning how top-notch producers use Logic in their productions.

“I switched to Ableton from Logic many years ago, but after some A/Bing in my studio recently, I could hear that Logic sounded better than Ableton so I decided I needed to brush up in Logic to get the best of both worlds. I called Garnish and, of course the guys were great and got me back up to speed in no time” Jamie Jones

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.

Electronic Sound Design

Many pro electronic music producers do not get past subtractive synthesis in their entire career, but you will cover subtractive, wavetable, granular, additive and frequency modulated synthesis. They’ll also be sampling, resampling, glitch tips and more advanced beat-making techniques in this section as you develop your sound.

Advanced Ableton & Synthesis

By this point in the program you’ll have gone further than many professional producers with your sound design skills. We take it much further and introducing you to additive, granular, wavetable synthesis, and Max4live devices. You’ll also cover advanced sampling, advanced warping and Racks & Chains. At the end of the module you will learn how to apply your music for media (film and TV).

Live Performance

You will focus on getting your projects finished taking advantage of bespoke tips and advice in a concentrated blast of mentoring sessions. You’ll also be introduced to Ableton Live for performance by understanding how to take tracks to the stage and perform them Live for yourself and for other artists if that’s a route that interests you. Also, you’ll learn advanced MIDI techniques for every live scenario available today.

Music Business

To finish off the program, you’ll learn how to create an effective EPK, market and brand yourself, negotiate deals, get genuine social media followers, and get the most out of digital distribution.

Field Trips

We take you to a fully commercial recording studio in London, and 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 + uncapped studio time | £4999 | Payment plans

Six Months | Tuesday to Friday Continuous | 10 – 2.15

Start: The Thursday after Easter Monday

Six Months | Two 10-week terms | Monday, Wednesday & Friday | 11 – 6

Start: Third week of September | Term 2: Second week of January

Two Year Weekend | Six 10-week terms | Saturdays | 11 – 6

Start: 2nd Sat. of September | Term 2: 2nd Sat. of January | Term 3: Last Sat. of April (x2)

Evenings | Six 10-week terms | Tuesday and Wednesday | 7 – 10

Start: Third week of September | Term 2: Second week of January | Term 3: Last week of April (x 2)

Private tuition also available for the whole academy program. Contact us for more information.

Free this year: optional Songwriting classes and mentoring from our Songwriting & Production Academy

 

Laptops: Many learners these days prefer to use their own laptops on our courses for things like getting help customising their set-up, and they have their project exactly as they left it in class to work on at home. So we made the price more affordable, but added a £250 supplement for learners who wish to hire an iMac loaded with software. Please ensure you book an iMac when you book your course if you need one. Controller keyboards, headphones, and audio interfaces are always provided for everyone.

Payment: If you’re accepted, you can secure your spot by paying a non-refundable registration fee of £250. For all course fee payments with no additional charges, we accept bank transfers, cheques or cash deposited into any Metro Bank branch to be paid by the beginning of your course. A 10% fee will apply if you wish to pay in installments throughout your course, and add 3% for all card payments.

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Testimonials

My time at Garnish London's year long Electronic Music Production course has been invaluable. Being able to learn from industry professionals who are at the top of their game whilst still maintaining a realistic price point just goes to show what is possible. It has made such a big difference to my musical journey learning production first hand in a small focused environment with other musicians, instead of trying to learn it all online by myself. This course has covered all of the fundamentals of music production in a comprehensive, practical and hands-on way and I really couldn't have asked for a better experience. It also helps that the teachers have been patient, enthusiastic and friendly. Thanks for the experience and I can't wait to see what the future holds for me.

Lorin Pearce

The whole vibe of the place makes sense. We are not coming here to learn IT or accountancy, we are here to learn a skill that allows us to follow our artistic journey. That doesn't mean there should be incense & crystals everywhere but it does mean that a relaxed & friendly atmosphere is crucial. This is supposed to be fun & at GMP it very much is.

Kitt Proudfoot

Highly recommend this course for any aspiring electronic music producer.

Acid Steve

Being on tour most of our life means there is little time to make records let alone read manuals or learn new bits of kit. We got a tour of the course, and I was blown away with the amazing usable textures you can get from the most basic of source sounds. The manipulation of the audio is incredible – really inspiring. This course is awesome and perfect for DJs who want to take that all-important leap and produce their own music to progress.

Anthony Middleton (Audiofly)

Ive been DJing for years now and realise that the only way to progress these days is to produce my own releasable music. As a beginner, I tried out some private tuition from a bloke I found on Gumtree. I wasn't getting much out of it at all and I even started to question myself. I did the course at Garnish after a friend recommended it. It was brilliant, our instructors were amazing, their enthusiasm when teaching is something else. Also very comforting knowing that one of them had released a new dance album I was already well aware of. A great mix of people on the course, and I've just finished my EP, it's such a wicked feeling 🙂 I can't recommend the course enough!

Melvo Baptiste (Defected/Glitterbox)

I learnt more on this courses than I did on my BA (Hons) degree.

Anthony Kellaway

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