TECHNOLOGICAL DIPLOMA IN MUSIC PRODUCTION

Online Courses
2 years
4.500 €
*Precio del primer año | Plazas limitadas
2020-21 INTAKE OPEN!
Online
September, 28
Description

The Technological Diploma of Musical Production consists of a professional training, of two years' in duration, proposed by Microfusa. At the end of which it is possible to complete a university degree (BA Hons)* in England, by completing the practical course at Microfusa which gives access to the third year (Top-up course) at Solent University.

This course offers the best preparation for working in a professional environment, using the tools and technological supports used both in the electronic music environment and in the acoustic recordings and mixes developed in professional recording studios. At the same time, scheduled training helps improve and expand musical creativity.

The principles of language and musical composition, the history of music production, and music are also studied in depth. Among the various subjects included, we can highlight those related to the music industry, legal contracts, promotion, copyright, etc.

Another important aspect is the incorporation of English classes taught by a native teacher and music producer, which helps prepare possible college entrance exams and to expand the technical language.

This course is structured in six parts, each of 3 months in duration. Being an online course, all activities are carried out in our virtual campus, which is accessible from any personal device, including computers, tablets, or smartphones.

The campus contains the all necessary content and resources, being able to carry out tasks and group discussions, develop musical projects or contact both teachers and the rest of the classmates, among other actions. In this way, you can manage your time according to your needs and availability, to live a satisfactory and complete learning experience.

* See the higher degrees section to consult the degrees agreed with the university.

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Syllabus

The diploma extends over two years, and the topics are distributed as follows.


First-year

  • Electronic Music production. Digital audio workstations. Programming, recording, and processing MIDI. introduction to virtual instruments and effects. Physics of sound. Using synthesizers and samplers in music production and sound design. Psychoacoustics. Equalizers and filters, dynamics processors, delay and reverberation units, other effect units. The mix. Processing and automation in the mix
  • Music theory. Rhythmic values, Tempo, time signature, structure, and staff. Drums, patterns, and additional rhythmic values. Repeat signs, dynamic and articulation markings. Musical intervals. Major and minor scales and key signatures.How to find major and minor tonalities from a key signature. Triad chords and inversions in major and minor scales. Melodic decoration. Contrapunctual motion. Tetrachord and inversions in the major scale. Harmonic analysis. Harmonic functions and cadences in the major scale. Harmonic rhythm I.
  • Software. Ableton Live (with certified trainer)
  • Music History. Current musical trends. Both independent and alternative artists and bands. Music of the 21st century. The era of rock and pop (1950-2000). Blues, Jazz, classical music, 20th-century avant-garde, and electroacoustic. Film, video games, and music. History of musical production.
  • Projects. In each subject, various projects are developed, either individually or in groups, aimed at putting in practice lessons learned in each area. These projects will constitute the digital portfolio of each student.

Second-year

  • Sound technology for music production. Audio equipment. Connectors and mixers. Microphones, preamplification, and audio interfaces. Musical instruments. Monitoring. Acoustic principles.
  • Studio recording. Voice, guitar, and piano recording. Band recording: drums, electric bass, keys, voice, and guitars. Band: live recording. Audio edition. Tempo and tuning correction. Mixing techniques. Mastering introduction.
  • Mastering. The mastering equipment. Corrective and creative equalization. Dynamic processing. Compressor types and compression techniques. Advanced processing and finalization.
  • Music theory. Minor scales. Chords, functions of the degrees, cadences, and harmonic analysis in the minor scale. Other chords. Modal interchange. Harmonic analysis with modal Interchange chords. The Greek Modes. Degrees in greek modes. Musical compositions using greek modes. Analysis of songs written using the greek modes. Voicings. Secondary dominants.
  • Music Industry. Composition, recording, and legal framework. The publishing and the recording industry. Collection societies. Revenue Stream. Legal framework. Legal framework 2. Managers and booking agencies. Booker functions. The promoter. Legal framework III. Merchandising. Types of events. Project management tools. The contemporary live performance industry. Awards ceremonies. Digital distribution. Legal framework IV. Marketing. Streaming platforms. Communication agencies. The stages of an artist’s development. Marketing psychology. Music industry: Audiovisual business. Censorship in music. Evolution in market control. Communication.
  • Software. Avid Protools (following the content of the official courses 101 and 110 developed by the manufacturer, with the possibility of doing an adapted face-to-face course to obtain the official certificate of the manufacturer
  • Final Project of the diploma. An individual project that summarizes the two years of the diploma and that integrates all aspects of music production, both from the artistic and technological perspective.
Requirements

Academics requirements

  • It is advisable to have a High School Diploma (secondary school). Students with lower achievement levels must conduct an interview with the course principal.
  • This two-year course allows access to a third year of college (top up course) in England, at  Solent University.

In order to enter the university and be able to finish a university degree study, it is necessary to comply with the following requirements:

  • Baccalaureate (any modality)
  • IELTS English certification with a grade of 6 both spoken and written
  • Complete the practical course at one of Microfusas centers
  • Having successfully passed the subjects of the Diploma, according to the requirements of the center

All these requirements must be met at the time of registration in the university, which is usually the month of June before its start. This allows the student to achieve their level of English on time and, in some cases, finish the Bachillerato studies.


Technical requirements

The following devices are required to complete the course

  • Audio interface (two analog inputs and outputs)
  • MIDI musical controller (keyboard)
  • Studio headphones
  • Dynamic and condenser microphone (2nd year)
  • DAW 1st year Ableton Live *
  • DAW 2nd year. Avid Protools *.

* It is possible to acquire educational licenses (between 40% and 50% discount.)

Other devices are also recommended

  • Near-field study monitors
Timetable

The course begins in October and the activities and training modules are developed according to the calendar, so it is the students who are responsible for managing their time and weekly dedication. However, it is advisable to refer to the program study load specified in the requirements section.

Master classes are streamed (depending on academic schedule), in specific days and time slots. However, the classes are recorded so that they can be consulted later.


Methodology

This course is developed entirely online, and represents a radically different experience from that offered by a face-to-face course since neither classmates nor teachers are located in the same space nor do they coincide at the same time.

All the activities, both individual and collective, are carried out in a virtual learning environment, which is moderated by a number of specialized teachers with extensive professional experience in the subjects taught. These teachers provide constant and dynamic support, ensuring a complete, stimulating, and satisfying learning experience.

The virtual campus is accessible from any personal device, including computers, tablets, or smartphones, which offers excellent flexibility in the learning experience.

In our virtual environment, different learning activities are given. On the one hand, there is the online content consultation that provides the necessary conceptual framework to carry out the practices. The self-evaluating questionnaires allow observing the progress in the acquisition of said knowledge to advance towards more complex concepts and ideas. Likewise, other forms of complementary and individual evaluation are included, such as the exercises frequently related to technical aspects (use of the DAW, processing, mixing, etc.) or with research trials.

To complement self-learning, this course offers some master classes (in streaming, depending on academic programming) aimed at delving into practical aspects and providing a personalized look at the subject by our teachers, bringing their background and professional experience.

Our methodology is also firmly based on project work, discussion forums, and group work (in the case that there are enough students), which are aimed at learning by doing, collaborative work and development of the critical capacity in the analysis of information as indispensable attributes of the students for their future insertion in the labor world.

The communication with the educational center and with the teachers is carried out in two different ways, on the one hand (asynchronously), using the internal messaging system or the forums and, on the other, the synchronous chats (in the master classes). Concerning the evaluation of all the activities, they are compiled in a book of notes that each student can consult to evaluate their progress.

Given that all activities are evaluated, it is essential for the student to maintain a firm and continuous dedication throughout the course, a commitment that will be reinforced and supported by the follow-up of tutors and the school itself.

Payment Methods

Course starting in October

  • Tuition reserve : 300€
  • 1st year: one-time payment of (2): 4.200€
  • 2nd year: one-time payment of (2): 4.500€

Total of the two years in one-time payment mode = 9.000€


FINANCING OPTION

You can finance in 3, 6, or 9 months with Sequra. To access this option, you must follow these steps:

  • Start the registration process by clicking "Enroll"
  • Select, in payment methods, "pay for the whole course"
  • Fill in your personal data
  • Finally in the payment gateway select . "Payment with Sequra" in payment option.

Observations

  • * The course payment must be made 14 days before the start of the course.
  • The cost includes extensive didactic material from the school, in its own virtual campus format.
  • It also includes electronic books requested by manufacturers for official courses.