Creative Music Production.

Creativity, collaboration and community are at the heart of this course. You’ll explore traditional aspects of music production and recording as well as how to build your brand and business; exploring sync, distribution and more.

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This course is for emerging music producers who are looking to develop their working practice. We’ll help you connect and collaborate with creatives from a range of disciplines, providing the opportunity for you to push your creative boundaries like you never have before.

Combining creative craft and technical ability we explore traditional aspects of music production and recording, and its relationship with electronic music, song writing and arrangement. We’ll teach you to build your brand and business, exploring sync, distribution and more.  

To help you develop your practice even further, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a series of development and creative mentoring sessions and masterclasses. In addition to your unparalleled access to studios, equipment and instruments, you’ll also receive extra support with grants and funding options. 

Designed to be flexible and to suit your personal needs and goals, we’ll work with you to create a professional development plan to help you hone in on the specific areas you want to develop. Upon completion, you’ll have the opportunity to progress onto a number of other part time music production courses; Studio Production & Mastering, Live Sound Engineering, Sound for Visual Media or advance further onto a degree with us.

Key info

  • Qualification: Spirit Studios Certificate
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Mode of study: Part-time
  • Hours of study: 3 hours delivery per week plus studio time and 1-2-1 tutorials. Lessons run 7-10pm on Tuesdays (Sept intake) or Wednesdays (March intake).
  • Start date: 17 September 2024
  • Fees: £175 per month or £1,890 if paid in full.
  • Entry Requirements: No formal entry requirements. Find out more

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If you have any questions about this course, your application or if you'd like to arrange a tour of Spirit Studios, please get in touch on:

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Features and Benefits

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Access to professional facilities

You’ll be able to book free studio time in our excellent Audient Studios and DJ Booths, allowing you to get to work whenever inspiration strikes. You’ll also have access to racks of sign-out equipment which you’ll need to master in order to succeed in the industry. This includes a range of microphones, instruments and software.

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Freedom to experiment

Experimentation is ingrained in any good Producer, and is at the heart of this course. You’ll be encouraged to think outside the box, giving you a unique voice regardless of genre or role.

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Expert guidance for all tastes

Your tutors are experts in their field. The years spent honing their skillsets has been meticulously translated into a well-considered course, giving you a streamlined, relevant programme of learning. No matter your musical tastes or career goals, you’ll benefit from one-to-one guidance to ensure your learning is tailored to your needs.

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Gain a versatile skill set

The course is designed to cover a wide range of industry-relevant skills. You can expect to learn how to record, compose, produce and engineer with a progressive approach in mind, giving you the edge in an ever changing industry.

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Course details

All of our courses are constantly evolving to ensure teaching and learning remain relevant and up to date. Here is the latest example of the curriculum for Creative Music Production:

Your course

You will learn how to use and identify different microphones and recording techniques to accurately capture a variety of instruments for use in a variety of applications, whether that be songs, sample instruments and everything in between.

Learn about how to use a variety of dynamics effects processors to achieve effective mixes for a variety of applications, using both software and hardware iterations of Compressors, Limiters and more.

Mixing audio will make all the difference in any production, beginning with developing critical listening skills students will begin to identify the characteristics of recorded music and beyond. Over the duration of the course students will learn how to both reverse engineer existing productions and identify how to appropriately mix their own music.

Mastering is the final part of any production, from songs to soundtracks and everything in between, as a course we will learn to use mastering chains to finalise any production and opening the door to potential revenue streams for students wanting to work as mixing and mastering engineers upon the completion of the course.

Synthesis comes in many different forms, using both software and hardware instruments students can expect to understand and implement a variety of synthesis techniques applicable to every facet of modern music. From the fundamentals of synthesis using subtractive Doepfer systems to mind-bending granular and sample based applications students will learn how to articulate and produce sounds not yet heard.

The applications of the sound worlds we find around us in our day to day life are endless and utilising these could be the key to developing unique productions, using handheld recorders and processing techniques students will both learn how to utilise singular sound sources to both synthesise completely unique sample based instruments, sound scapes and learn about how we can use found sound and field recordings to develop foley and sound beds for a variety of applications.

You will learn a variety of techniques in order to develop a unique voice in their chosen field of interest, what next? Creative Music Production students will learn how to open revenue streams in order to monetise their productions, learning how to effectively establish their own brand, seek out sync licenses, how to protect their IP and how to publish their music in a modern landscape.

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes place in a variety of formats including lectures, workshops, demonstrations, peer reviews and one-to-one tutorial support. Our aim throughout is to encourage your creative exploration and hone your technical  skills, all so you’ll leave us as a confident, independent professional.

What careers will Creative Music Production prepare me for?

  • Artist
  • Audio Editor
  • Composer
  • DIY Label Manager
  • DJ
  • Educator
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Music Editor
  • Music Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Remixer
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Artist
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Studio Engineer

Your tutors

Brandon Nightingale

Brandon Nightingale


Brandon is a music producer with many talents such as DJing, graphic design and occasional filmmaking.

Our studios are your classroom

With ten recording and mixing studios, a live venue, DJ booths, edit suites and more, our facilities are one of the main reasons students choose to study with us year after year.

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Entry requirements

  • 16 Applicants must be at least 16 years of age
  • Basic Literacy and IT skills

Non-native English speakers should have good spoken and written English. As a guide, we require English to be of a standard similar to IELTS 6.0.

Fees and funding

  • £175 Per month for 12 months
  • £1,890 Paid in full

If paid in full, you will receive a 10% discount on the total cost of the course.

How to apply

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