MUSIC & INDUSTRY FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM
On-Campus & Live Online
MUSIC PRODUCTION Learn the foundational skills you need to succeed in our music program. We cover drum sequencing, music theory, modern studio etiquette and more. Everything you need to jumpstart a successful career begins right here. Develop your sound with Ableton-certified instructors and create 808’s as well as other unique sound arrangements.
ENGINEERING Discover the latest innovations in digital audio fundamentals and engineering. Perfect your skills with microphones and professional recording equipment. Explore the time-based effects of Vocalign, Auto-Tune and Melodyne. Get an inside look at what it takes to set up your own gear and create flawless arrangements using the latest in music engineering technology.
SONGWRITING This course covers the structure of songwriting including the creation of catchy lyrics and melodic hooks. Discover advances in music theory and connect with other songwriters on campus at our music school. Write with emotion and confidence while mastering advanced composition skills. Seek expert guidance from practicing artists and songwriters themselves.
MIXING Our top music program covers the fundamentals of music mixing and vocal production. Bring your vision to life with Pro Tools and practice creating harmonic vocal effects as well as use digital automation and mastering techniques. You’ll mix your best sound yet, all in our modern California studio. Our Los Angeles experts refine your current mix delivery technique for the most cutting-edge sound.
MUSIC BUSINESS Learn the ins and outs of the music business, including the pillars of a music creator’s corporate structure. Gain essential skills when it comes to negotiating artist contracts, publishing, taxes, as well as streaming and copyright laws. You’ll learn about performance rights, essential music organizations, and more.
ARTIST BRANDING Follow the newest cultural shifts in branding and image. This course includes learning essential skills for growing the professional musician’s name and fanbase using up-to-date strategies. Learn to use effective social media marketing tools to build a brand. Gain time in the spotlight through networking and creating a strong online presence.
DJ FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM
DJ ESSENTIALS Becoming a professional DJ begins with the fundamentals of digital digging, music organization, mixing, equipment, and the history of DJing as an artform. This course is for anyone looking to begin DJing and will cover all the technical skills necessary to do so. Topics covered include the history of Disc Jockeys and two-turntable systems, DJ controllers, mixing fundamentals, Serato DJ Pro and digital crate digging.
CDJs AND MIXERS This course is designed for aspiring DJs who would like to arm themselves with versatile technical skill sets to be prepared for any type of gig. Specific topics include DJ hardware configuration, Rekordbox, playlist preparation, hot cues, BPM and grid adjustment, performing from USB flash drives, sorting tracks, beat sync, master tempo and looping using Pioneer CDJ-3000s and Pioneer DJM-750MK2 DJ Mixers.
ART OF MIXING DJs express their creativity in subtle but effective ways. Subtle nuances in mixing styles, musical taste and the ability to read a crowd are what give DJs their sonic signatures. In order to fully express oneself creatively as a DJ, it is necessary to learn different methods of mixing to truly find your own style. This course dives deep into beat matching, harmonic mixing, looping, remixing, tempo mixing, audio effects, scratching and utilizing song structures.
DJ PERFORMANCE Professional DJs often have to perform long sets in dramatically different environments. Festivals, clubs, private parties, corporate events and livestreams all have unique demands and expectations surrounding them. Because of this, the modern DJ has to be prepared to provide their experience properly in different settings. This course covers DJ preparedness, performance etiquette, long performances, mix pacing, streaming setups, recording, creating and editing mixes and releasing mixes.
DJ MUSIC BUSINESS This course illustrates the foundation of a DJ’s corporate structure. DJs are often responsible for business transactions such as contracts, publishing licenses, streaming/distribution and synchronization licenses. Management, performance contracts, residencies, budgeting, streaming legalities, booking agents and music copyrights are discussed, studied and explored. Students will learn to make strategic business decisions and grow their DJ career.
DJ BRANDING DJs are the tastemakers and crowd shakers who directly engage with the fan bases of many artists. Most successful DJs take their brand and image into significant consideration. One of the key distinguishing factors between two DJs is the way they present themselves. This course centers around creating and maintaining an image and brand that aligns values, aesthetics, taste and creativity as a professional DJ.
VOCAL PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM
INTRO TO VOCAL TECHNIQUES Intro to Vocal Techniques acquaints students with the fundamental concepts of singing that activate vocal freedom and a healthy voice. Students will learn the fundamentals of singing, including: breath support, phonation for pitch accuracy, resonance for tonal variety and articulation for clarity. This course provides singers with a foundation of the necessary concepts, terminology and techniques that result in a balanced voice with dynamic range and tone.
ADVANCED VOCAL TECHNIQUES Advanced Vocal Techniques explores complex vocal concepts such as range, expression and vocal health. Students will learn methods that increase the vocal registers, blend the voice and express stylistic choices such as riffs while developing a consistent practice routine geared towards optimal vocal hygiene. Each week, the student will have opportunities to apply and perform the new techniques with coaching and feedback. By the end of the course, students will possess a deeper understanding of advanced vocal techniques and be able to seamlessly sing throughout their range.
VOCAL PERFORMANCE The Vocal Performance course combines the art of singing with elements of stage performance and collaboration. Storytelling through expressive singing, stage presence, body language and choreography is emphasized, in addition to stage awareness and collaborative techniques. Students are exposed to stage equipment, including microphones, backline and leading a band while learning necessary concepts, terminology and techniques for vocal performance in a modern environment.
VOCAL RECORDING Vocal Recording focuses on recording technology to prepare a singer for a versatile career in the studio. This course provides singers with a foundation of the necessary concepts and terminology for recording vocals. Modern recording techniques will be explored and demonstrated, including the use of GarageBand, microphones, audio interfaces and best editing practices. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to record, edit and enhance their voice efficiently and effectively.
ADVANCED VOCAL RECORDING Advanced Vocal Recording elaborates upon the concepts and techniques that are discussed and demonstrated in the Vocal Recording course. This course provides students with the ability to understand the studio recording process, troubleshoot vocal chains, select the proper microphone for a vocal recording session, arrange background vocals, build a vocal recording studio, create a rough mix of vocal tracks and deliver files to clients and collaborators. In addition, this course will include automation using GarageBand.
THE BUSINESS OF SINGING The Business of Singing course prepares a singer for a professional career in music. In addition to performance skills, a professional singer must understand how to attain and manage work as a professional. This course lays the groundwork with an emphasis on audition techniques, business basics, branding and social media as a calling card.