Music for Producers

Overview

Faculty: Audio
Duration: 8 Weeks
Delivery: Blended
Level: Beginner & Intermediate
Start Date: TBC
Course Director: Joey Maguire
Fees: 
€400 per level
Certification: Pulse College Certificate

COURSE CONTENT

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.

TOPICS COVERED

Level 1

Duration: 8 weeks
Level: Beginner
Cost: €400

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 1

Intro to music basics 1
Notes – naturals, sharps and flats
Major scales and Key signatures

Week 2

Intro to music basics 2
Rhythms:
Beats, beat values and time signatures
Programming a beat

Week 3

Ear training – Intervals

Week 4

Chords and intro to circle of fifths

Week 5

Introduction to commonly used instruments

Week 6

Introduction to instrument sections: Brass, Strings, etc.

Week 7

Basic song analysis

Week 8

Building a song from scratch

Level 2

Duration: 8 weeks
Level: Intermediate
Cost: €400

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 1

Minor scales

Week 2

An introduction to modes

Week 3

Circle of fifths

Week 4

Cadences and Substitute chords

Week 5

Introduction to commonly used virtual instruments

Week 6

Ear training – Chord types and inversions

Week 7

An introduction to harmony and counterpoint
Creating a simple string arrangement

Week 8

Arrangement strategies for songs

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TUTOR

Joey Maguire

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.

HOW TO APPLY

Admissions

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.

Educational Requirements

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.

Further Progression

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!

Alvin

Audio & Music Technology Diploma

FEES

Irish / EU (Residing in Ireland)

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

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