Master Certificate

Writing and Producing Music

Next Term Starts April 3


To break in to today’s music industry as a songwriter, you first need to master the writing and arranging skills employed by many hit songwriters. Yet, even if you do so, a record label isn't likely to knock on your door and ask to record your new songs. You'll probably need to do it yourself, which is why this program pairs writing and arranging with a music production curriculum that will enable you to record and mix your compositions with professional results. You’ll come away with the multi-faceted skill set necessary to start or advance your career as a contemporary writer/producer.

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9 Courses to Complete this Certificate

6 Required Courses

Music Production Analysis

Develop the skills to listen to music like a seasoned music producer. Learn to identify the elements of effective records, and gain the skills to bring these elements to your own productions.

Pro Tools 101

Pro Tools 101 constitutes the first stage of Avid's Pro Tools certification program. Learn the foundational skills needed to understand Pro Tools technology and software. This course instructs you on recording, editing, and mixing on a basic level, and will get on the road to becoming a Pro Tools operator from home.

Arranging 1: Rhythm Section

Essential learning for anyone interested in arranging music for a band, Arranging 1: Rhythm Section explores all aspects of writing and arranging for the rhythm section.

Arranging: Contemporary Styles

In this music arrangement course, you'll learn to create your own original grooves by analyzing, writing, sequencing, and recording the rhythms and styles that have influenced western contemporary music.

Commercial Songwriting Techniques

Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.

Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs

Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic and lyrical ideas. Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting song sections and complete songs the way hit writers do.


Plus, Choose Any 3 Electives from Our Course Catalog



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