Music Production Grades

In keeping with our history of innovation, Garnish is delivering the world’s first ever music production graded syllabus. A syllabus that has been devised to afford opportunities to all aspiring producers, engineers, composers and performers that has not previously been available in an accredited, graded syllabus. All students can now develop their skills and knowledge whilst earning a globally recognised qualification, which carry UCAS points at Grade 6, 7, and 8.

As with all Garnish’s syllabi, academic rigour and industry relevance are crucial, and the music production syllabus is no exception. The syllabus has seen contributions from hugely respected producers, engineers, composers, performers and educators from a diverse range of backgrounds. Amongst their glowing list of achievements, these industry experts can count credits such as:

  • Blockbuster movie soundtracks
  • Production and engineering duties for iconic, global artists
  • Top ten singles
  • Games soundtracks
  • Conservatoire & university lecturing
  • Degree programme authoring
  • World DJ championships

Upon successful completion of each grade, students will have demonstrated the skills and knowledge to progress to both higher education and ultimately the professional ranks.

Whatever your desire, be it music producer, recording engineer, mix or mastering engineer, editor, electronic music composer or merely to improve your knowledge of traditional and contemporary production techniques, this syllabus will ensure you gain the most comprehensive range of skills and knowledge currently available.

Music Production Grades Headlines:

■ Music Production Theory
The Music Production syllabus provides you with the necessary material needed to achieve an understanding of key music production terminology, as well as sound and audio fundamentals, in relation to modern music production.

■ Listening Skills
Using audio examples provided, you will learn how to demonstrate effective listening skills relevant to modern music production. In this section, the Music Production syllabus looks at sonic fidelity, music theory & harmony and stylistic awareness.

■ Practical Skills
The practical skills have been divided into two sections that will enable you to demonstrate effective music production technique. In order to enhance your technical skills, you will be asked to complete a series of specified tasks which will demonstrate your ability to use the digital audio workstation (DAW) of your choice.

The professional scenario plays an important role in this music production syllabus. You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate both your skills and creativity in a simulated professional situation. You will be assessed on your ability to resolve industry standard scenarios using appropriate techniques and the software of your choice.


For more information on music production grades 1 – 8, register interest here.