Music Production Courses.

Whichever one of our creative music production courses you choose, you can expect to gain hands-on experience using the very latest equipment. Our expert tutors, who have a wealth of industry experience, will help you build the skills and knowledge to utilise this technology and bring your musical ideas to life.

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a student from one of our music production courses using Logic Pro in our S3 Suite

What is music production?

What defines a music producer and their involvement in the creative process varies from person to person. But generally, music production involves five key principles; composition, capture (recording), editing, mixing and mastering.

Music producers are involved in the entire process of creating music and so there are a variety of pathways to choose from. During your studies in music production, you’ll become an expert in harmonisation, synthesis, music theory and sound mixing, as well as business strategy, networking and project management. The possibilities are endless.

Student creating music with an Access Virus in our S3 Suite

Why study music production at Spirit Studios?

Our facilities can’t be beaten. When you embark on one of our music production courses, you’ll have enviable access to a range of recording studios, DJ booths and equipment, allowing you to experiment and push your musical style to its full potential. You’ll get to use some of the most revered audio equipment in the business. From a legendary Neve VR mixing console in an open-plan studio to industry-standard monitoring systems and software plug-ins , you’ll have everything you need to create commercial-quality releases when studying music production with Spirit Studios.

You’ll also have access to shelves crammed with instruments and sign-out equipment, including synths, drum machines and samplers, Gibson and Fender guitars, and over 160 microphones.

A tutor on our music production courses using the Neve VR in Spirit Studios

What is the importance of the music producer?

Music producers play a huge role behind the scenes of the music business. As experts in recording, editing and publishing, they’re critical in overseeing the complete process of creating a track or album. Often considered the “doers”, they realise an artist’s creative vision, guiding their sound and taking their ideas to a whole new level.

Making music is a collaborative process: sharing views, experiences and creative ideas to make a more interesting product. Music producers are not only the technical leaders, but are the creative driving force whom artists turn to for inspiration.

One of our music production course students recording a guitar

Our music production courses

We offer a range of music production courses to suit your experience and study preferences, including music production degrees, evening-based industry courses and short courses. You can filter by course level below:

BA (Hons) Music Production
Undergraduate Degree

BA (Hons) Music Production

Duration:
3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent

Key areas:
Creating, recording, mixing and mastering

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BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production and Performance
Undergraduate Degree

BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production and Performance

Duration:
3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent

Key areas:
Sequencing, sampling, producing and performing

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BSc (Hons) Live Sound Engineering and Music Production
Undergraduate Degree

BSc (Hons) Live Sound Engineering and Music Production

Duration:
3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent

Key areas:
Sound-checking, monitoring, mixing and mastering

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BSc (Hons) Entrepreneurial Audio Production
Undergraduate Degree

BSc (Hons) Entrepreneurial Audio Production

Duration:
3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent

Key areas:
Composition, acoustic theory and post-production

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BA (Hons) Popular Music, Songwriting and Performance
Undergraduate Degree

BA (Hons) Popular Music, Songwriting and Performance

Duration:
3 years full-time

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
A minimum of 64 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent

Key areas:
Songwriting, Performance, Music Production, Composition and Arrangement

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BA (Hons) Music Production with Foundation Entry
Undergraduate Degree

BA (Hons) Music Production with Foundation Entry

Duration:
1 year full-time foundation course, followed by 3 years full-time degree course

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
40 UCAS points at A2 or equivalent

Key areas:
Creating, recording, mixing and mastering

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MA Music Production
Postgraduate Degree

MA Music Production

Duration:
1 year full-time, 2 or 3 year part-time options available

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
Higher second-class Bachelor degree

Key areas:
Research, portfolio creation, advanced mixing and mastering

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Creative Music Production
Industry Course

Creative Music Production

Duration:
12 months

Start date:
6 March 2024

Entry requirements:
No formal entry requirements

Key areas:
Creating, producing and publishing

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Sound Engineering and Music Production
Industry Course

Sound Engineering and Music Production

Duration:
9 months

Start date:
16 September 2024

Entry requirements:
No formal entry requirements.

Key areas:
Introduction to the studio, Digital Audio Workstations, recording and mixing

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Studio Production and Mastering
Industry Course

Studio Production and Mastering

Duration:
12 months

Start date:
24 September 2024

Entry requirements:
A good understanding of working practically in recording studios

Key areas:
Advanced recording, mixing and mastering

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Sample into Sound
Summer School Course

Sample into Sound

Duration:
5 days (non residential)

Start date:
5 August 2024

Entry requirements:
No formal qualifications required

Key areas:
Sound engineering, music production and music business

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PT101 Pro Tools Fundamentals I
Pro Tools Course

PT101 Pro Tools Fundamentals I

Duration:
2 Days

Start date:
20 April 2024

Entry requirements:
Knowledge of audio recording and DAW basics is required

Key areas:
Audio production, editing and mixing

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PT110 Pro Tools Fundamentals II
Pro Tools Course

PT110 Pro Tools Fundamentals II

Duration:
3 days

Start date:
1 March 2024

Entry requirements:
Pro Tools Fundamentals I, or equivalent experience

Key areas:
Recording, clip-based editing and mixing

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PT201 Pro Tools Production I
Pro Tools Course

PT201 Pro Tools Production I

Duration:
2 days

Start date:
16 March 2024

Entry requirements:
Pro Tools Fundamentals I and II

Key areas:
Submixing, automation and auditioning techniques

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PT210M Pro Tools Production II (Music Production)
Pro Tools Course

PT210M Pro Tools Production II (Music Production)

Duration:
3 days

Start date:
15 November 2024

Entry requirements:
Pro Tools Fundamentals I, Fundamentals II and Production I

Key areas:
Fine-tune automation, static automation and advanced MIDI production techniques

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PT210P Pro Tools Production II (Post Production)
Pro Tools Course

PT210P Pro Tools Production II (Post Production)

Duration:
3 days

Entry requirements:
Pro Tools Fundamentals I, Fundamentals II and Production I

Key areas:
Field recording, dialog editing and mixing audio to picture

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PT301S6 Essential Pro Tools | S6 Mixing Techniques
Pro Tools Course

PT301S6 Essential Pro Tools | S6 Mixing Techniques

Duration:
1 Day

Entry requirements:
Pro Tools Fundamentals I and II, and Pro Tools Production I and II

Key areas:
Session management, system customization and expanded parameter control

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PT310P Advanced Post Production Techniques
Pro Tools Course

PT310P Advanced Post Production Techniques

Duration:
4 days

Entry requirements:
Pro Tools Fundamentals I and II, and Production I and II (Post)

Key areas:
Post production, sound design and Foley

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In-Person One-to-one Tuition
One-to-one Course

In-Person One-to-one Tuition

Duration:
2+ hours

Entry requirements:
No formal entry requirements

Key areas:
Previous students have studied areas such as DJ skills, mixing techniques, building a personal brand and more.

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Online One-to-one Tuition
One-to-one Course

Online One-to-one Tuition

Duration:
2+ hours

Entry requirements:
No formal entry requirements

Key areas:
Previous students have studied areas such as post production techniques, DAW familiarisation, mixing techniques and more.

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Features and benefits

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Flexibility

Innovation and experimentation are our driving force and we celebrate a diverse range of approaches and traditions to making music. You’ll have complete freedom to explore your own creative interests, genres and styles when you choose one of our music production courses.

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Enviable studio access

Students enjoy year-round access to purpose-built, state of the art facilities when training to be a music producer. Our studios, edit suites and live venue will become your second home. Whether you use Pro Tools, Logic Pro or Ableton Live we have all the digital audio workstation (DAW) software you need for audio production, mixing and mastering.

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We're small in size

This allows us to stay agile, invest in the right kit and quickly reshape our courses to meet the skill needs of the fast-changing industry.

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Portfolio led assessments

From your very first lesson right through to assessment hand-ins, your learning is hands-on. You won’t be sat in the back of a lecture hall, nor will you be asked to write essay after essay to achieve your degree in music production.

What careers will a music production course prepare me for?

  • ADR Mixer
  • Artist
  • Audio Editor
  • Audio-Visual Technician
  • Composer
  • Compositior for Moving Image
  • Digital Content Creator
  • DIY Label Manager
  • DJ
  • Dubbing Mixer
  • Educator
  • Foley Artist
  • Game Audio Engineer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Mixing Engineer
  • Music Editor
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Producer
  • Music Production Coordinator
  • Radio Broadcast Engineer
  • Radio DJ
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recording Studio Manager
  • Remixer
  • Session Musician
  • Songwriter
  • Sound Artist
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Technician
  • Studio Engineer

What to expect

As you progress through one of our music production courses, you can expect to move to a state of independence that is essential when forging your own career path. Our courses are designed to give you hands-on experience to ensure you leave us industry-ready.

Whether you want to create music for moving image, become a studio engineer, the next best DJ or a mixing god, our range of courses give you the freedom to explore these areas of interest within music technology and electronic music production. With a variety of specialist modules, each course covers the core practical skills needed to succeed as a music producer and bring your ideas to life.

Studying music production 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.

You'll cover topics and core modules such as

  • Mixing and Mastering
  • Composition and Arrangement
  • Recording Techniques and Technologies
  • Sound, Synthesis & Sampling
  • Remixing and DJ Performance
  • Music Production Career Focus

Your music production tutors

Our tutors are all experts in their field, each with their own specialisms and industry experience. Whether you’re looking to work on number one songs or record your favourite bands, our music production tutors will get you to where you want to be.

Lewis Jones

Lewis Jones

Tutor

As a Spirit Studios veteran, Lewis has taught on a number of our courses and outreach programmes. As a professional sound engineer and producer, his career has seen him travel the world.

Lewis has previously worked with:

  • MIKA
  • Travis
  • Andy Gangadeen
  • Lonelady
  • Seafret
Liam Peacock

Liam Peacock

Tutor

Liam is a soundtrack composer who has worked on creating music for film, television, games and animation.

He has previously worked with:

  • Orb Soundwerx
  • The BBC
Josh Horsley

Josh Horsley

Programme Leader

Josh is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer whose work explores temporality within music. His main focus is the sonic arts, and often uses architecture, film and design for inspiration.

Stuart Avery

Stuart Avery

Tutor

Stuart is a studio/mastering engineer who is heavily involved in the Manchester scene. As an experienced producer, promoter and events organiser, he's been a key player in the city's cultural output.

Stuart has worked with:

  • Blossoms
  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • KiD BRiTiSH
  • Orchids
  • The Irrepressibles
Al Atcheson

Al Atcheson

Tutor

Al is a producer and sound engineer who teaches a wide variety of modules here at Spirit, allowing him to share his expertise with his students.

Steve Boyce-Buckley

Steve Boyce-Buckley

Tutor

Steve is a professional recording engineer, producer, arranger and classically trained musician with over 4 decades of industry experience.

Tom Burford

Tom Burford

Tutor

Tom has been a professional musician for over 10 years, facilitating music production and performance sessions, and working across secondary and further music education.

Brandon Nightingale

Brandon Nightingale

Tutor

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

Jonathan Radford

Jonathan Radford

Programme Leader

Jon is a producer, label manager, DJ and promoter who has over a decade of experience within the industry and has released five albums under the alias Diesler.

Dan Valentine

Dan Valentine

Programme Leader

Dan is an electronic musician and producer whose work has seen him release music on Manchester's Modern Love imprint, receiving support from the likes of Mixmag, RA, Björk and Bicep.

He has performed at:

  • Berghain
  • Boiler Room
  • Village Underground
  • NTS Radio
  • Golden Pudel
  • Cafe Oto
Rick Jupp

Rick Jupp

Tutor

As a former member for the band Elbow, Rick has spent many years touring the world as a professional musician.

Josh Cullen

Josh Cullen

Tutor

Josh is a producer and musician who has toured extensively and produced audio for some high profile clients.

Josh has previously worked with:

  • Jagwar
  • Ray Lewis
  • Dom Major
  • Ravenface
Rob Mullender-Ross

Rob Mullender-Ross

Tutor

Rob is an industry professional and well experienced lecturer, teaching the subject of sonic art around the country.

Shane Dickinson

Shane Dickinson

Tutor

Shane is a musician and producer, with knowledge spanning across studio-based music production and live sound engineering.

Mark Winterburn

Mark Winterburn

Tutor

Mark is producer and sound engineer who has worked on UK number one and Mercury nominated singles. He joined Spirit as a student and has returned as a tutor after a successful commercial career.

He has worked with:

  • Sylvia Massy
  • Plan B
  • James Arthur
  • 5 Seconds Of Summer
  • Cassia

Real opportunities

Our creative partnerships benefit our music business students by providing work placements, field trips, guest lectures, educational discounts and, of course, job opportunities.

Find our more about our partnerships

Why study with Spirit Studios?

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Outstanding facilities

Our facilities are designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s music industry, ensuring you feel confident in any environment as a music producer.

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Industry connections

You’ll have a range of exciting creative and collaborative opportunities, including hands-on work experience at legendary venues in Manchester and beyond.

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Proven results

Our career focused attitude means that from day one, everything we do is designed with your future in mind.

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Spirit +

We prepare our music production students for a bright future.  Through our Spirit+ programme, we provide extracurricular masterclasses and workshops from leading industry figures.

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Taught by industry-active experts

Our tutors have not only had years of experience in the creative industries, but share a commitment to helping you on your journey as well.

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Community spirit

We’re a supportive community that takes pride in our small size. We’ll get to know you as an individual and tailor mentorship to your personal development.

Interested in studying music production with us?

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