Music for Producers
This exciting course is aimed at musicians, DJs and budding producers who want to develop their musical knowledge. Making a great track isn’t just about knowing the tech, it’s about making great music. You will learn about music in a practical, easy to understand way from people who make music professionally. Using simple examples on a professional DAW, learn how to analyse hit songs and construct dynamic compositions with focus and skill.
Duration: 8 weeks
Intro to music basics 1
Notes – naturals, sharps and flats
Major scales and Key signatures
Intro to music basics 2
Beats, beat values and time signatures
Programming a beat
Ear training – Intervals
Chords and intro to circle of fifths
Introduction to commonly used instruments
Introduction to instrument sections: Brass, Strings, etc.
Basic song analysis
Building a song from scratch
Duration: 8 weeks
An introduction to modes
Circle of fifths
Cadences and Substitute chords
Introduction to commonly used virtual instruments
Ear training – Chord types and inversions
An introduction to harmony and counterpoint
Creating a simple string arrangement
Arrangement strategies for songs
Joey Maguire is a passionate Musician and Technologist. After earning a BA in Music majoring in contemporary composition with a minor in Jazz Guitar Performance, Joey worked in the music industry as a freelance guitarist and music tutor. Continuing hi education, Joey completed a MA in Music and Technology where he focused on octophonic surround sound with a heavy lean on sound design and synthesis.
Over many years Joey has worked as a performer and technician using sound, Visual and lighting technologies, continuing to develop his passion for immersive environments. Joey produces many different styles of music and is experienced in both sound design and audio post production.
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HOW TO APPLY
All applicants are expected to demonstrate the following:
- A proven interest in the field of audio and sound
- Knowledge of the basic use of computers at approximately ECDL level
- A positive attitude and enthusiasm for the programme
- Commitment to learning, both directed and independent
- Self-organisation skills.
This programme will be delivered in a blended format. As such, there are technical requirements for the online learning component (computer or tablet, broadband). If you have any questions about any of the technical requirements for Pulse online courses, please contact the admissions team who will put you in touch with the IT support team.
The programme is designed for all ages and skill levels, whether you are new to the industry, looking to up-skill, or wanting to learn new skills and enhance your career options within the Audio industry. No industry experience is required and applicants may be accepted without formal academic qualifications.
Learners who complete both Levels 1 & 2 are awarded a Certificate of Merit from Pulse College.
Upon completion of this programme learners may continue their studies in our major award programmes, the BA (Hons) in Music Production or the BA (Hons) in Audio and Music Technologies, which are existing validated awards on the NFQ.
The Certificate will bring candidates up to the level of music theory required for acceptance (pending other criteria) onto our BA (Hons) in Music Production programme.
Deciding to study sound engineering at Pulse College turned out to be the most important decision I made in my whole life. The quality of the course content combined with the support on offer provided me with all the tools I needed to go on and become a successful engineer and producer. In the music business you really need to learn to walk before you can run, and there is no better place in the country to do that!
Audio & Music Technology Diploma
Level 1: €400
Level 2: €400
*Full Payment Required to Confirm Place
On completion, you will be awarded a Pulse College Certificate.
*Please note: Fees are non-refundable