Duration : 10 Months

Next start: November 17th 2016 - Limited Places

Loan funding available

Introduction To Music Production & DJing Course

Learn to produce and perform your own music

Course Introduction

Today, Music Production and DJing go hand-in-hand. If you’re producing music, DJing is a great way to build your profile and test your tracks out. If you’re DJing, releasing remixes and mashups will set you apart – essential in this competitive industry.

This course is perfect for beginners, and self-taught producers and DJs. Whatever genres you’re into, you’ll build a solid foundation of understanding of how to make music with Ableton Live.

Under DJ Mark One’s tuition you’ll explore a range of DJ techniques – starting basic, then advancing to 3 and 4 deck mixing. You’ll learn to build your sets to make an impact on CDJs, digital and vinyl platforms. Because if you can make an impact, you’ll be getting asked back.

Midischool industry partners
  • Zero to Hero

    Ableton Live is a leading music production software, which for the DJs opens up a gateway to remixing live. We’ll take you from beginner level, to finishing tracks comfortably with it.

  • Music Composition

    Don’t worry if you don’t know music theory. Don’t worry if you don’t play an instrument. This 3-month module will help you arrange and create music confidently.

  • Mix like you mean it

    DJ Mark One will teach you how to mix like a pro on CDJs, vinyl and digital. He’ll explain the do’s, the don’ts, DJ branding and how to get gigs. Make the most of unlimited DJ suite access.



Music Production: 1x6hr daytime or 2 evening lectures (6 months). Music Composition: Mon or Wed 7pm-10pm (3 months). DJing: Mon or Wed 6-10pm (4 months).



You’ll gain 2 x 4hr studio slots per week, flexible to your schedule. Tech support staff will use these sessions to give you extra mentoring when you need it.



We’re open from 10am – 10pm Monday – Friday, and 12 – 9pm on weekends for you to use the studios, and offer more practical time than any other UK equivalent.

Course Overview

  • music production

    Ableton Live workflow
    Working with MIDI and audio
    Working with VSTs
    Using studio hardware

  • dj techniques

    Vinyl and DVS
    Scratching techniques
    Digital controllers
    Play a live set

  • Production skills

    Track analysis
    Arrangement / automation
    Basic sound design
    Remixing techniques

  • Music composition

    Writing chords and melodies
    Arranging your music
    Creating beats, groove and swing
    Learn what makes a great track


    Equipment and setup
    DJing techniques with CDJs
    Digital DJing and Rekordbox
    Effects and sampling

  • overview

    Create professional tracks
    Perform your tracks live
    Use cutting-edge studios
    Monetise your skills

Modules Included

Introduction To Music Production

Duration: 6 months

The introduction to music production module will give you a strong grounding in music production skills using Ableton Live – arguably the most immediately creative DAW on the market. You’ll learn how to work with MIDI and audio, virtual instruments, MIDI controllers and effects: techniques, which will be built on as the module progresses.

A variety of styles are studied, along with basic sound design with Native Instrument’s Komplete instrument selection, structuring different genres, and mix down techniques to turn your track from an arrangement into a finished, polished piece.

If you’re serious about becoming a successful music producer, audio engineer, or DJ/producer, then this module will teach you essential skills for success in a competitive market place, and gives a solid platform for those looking to move on to further advanced study. We’ll show you how to get the most from your home studio setup, and how to incorporate hardware instruments and a mixing desk into your workflow if this is a direction you’d like to take.

Whether you’re new to music production or have been already producing your own music for a while, you’ll be learning all the essential skills in an creative environment, from industry active expert tutors with a wealth of releases and remixes under their belts. Manchester MIDI School is an Ableton Certified Training Centre and a Native Instruments Training Partner.

Introduction to Ableton Live and Native Instruments Komplete

Ableton Live workflow, MIDI sequencing, audio sample import and editing, Native Instruments Komplete overview, music computer setup and specifications, MIDI controllers, audio interfaces.

Music Production Skills

Critical/analytical listening skills, common production techniques, basic synthesis/sound design, remixing skills, how to structure music of different styles/genres.

Studio Skills

Modern mixing desk connectivity, functionality and signal flow, correct monitoring practice, using hardware synthesisers and effects, audio routing and recording.

Basic Mixdown

Balance, panning, EQ, gates, compression, creative modulation effects, reverb and delay, basic mastering techniques.

Electronic Music Composition

Duration: 3 months

Why is the Electronic Music Composition Module automatically added to all courses?

Unless students have a background in musical theory or have played an instrument, they commonly ask:

How do I start and finish a track? How do I make a groove & arrange beats? How can I create a track, with a sample as a starting point? What is a chord structure? How do I know if this vocal is in key? How do I make a bigger drop? How do I make a better breakdown? How do I write a hook? How do I finish my arrangement? How can I get creative when I open Ableton Live?

This module will answer and teach you all these techniques, and more.

It will guarantee to give you the edge and help you to be a successful, creative music producer or audio engineer. It will give you a solid grounding in musical theory: a key area of your musical skill set which will allow you to create ideas quickly with confidence, and improve your musical ear. It will help you put your ideas in to an arrangement ready for mixdown.

You may be able to produce music to a high level but it won’t be enough if it doesn’t sound musical. Once you are on your way as a producer, remixer or sound engineer, having an understanding of music composition will be indispensable as you will be able to effectively communicate with vocalists, artists and musicians around you in a language they understand.

If you feel that you already have a good grounding in Electronic Music Composition and this module’s valuable content, you are welcome to discuss the options with a course advisor who may suggest that you opt out of this module after registration.

They may require that you supply examples of your understanding of the subject.

Some examples of content

The keyboard, bars & beats, tempo, analysing music, music theory, keys & scales, basic chords, extended chords, inversions, remixing, acapellas, treating stems, sourcing sounds, automation, linking sounds and ideas, structure, creating hooks, song sections, arrangement, analysing songs, song templates, audio sampling, working out key, MIDI from audio, transposition, chord progressions, dynamic chords, arpeggiators, gated chords, writing melodies, harmony, groove and bass lines, idea generation.

DJing Module

Duration: 15 weeks

This module is aimed at total beginners, or those who have a DJ controller or set of decks at home, but have been self-taught or learnt from a friend. If you’re producing music, learning to DJ is great for three reasons: it’s a great way to start getting your music out and heard, it’s a great stream of income, and it’s really fun!

You’ll have the opportunity to learn all platforms available for DJing today: CDJs, vinyl, digital, and DVS systems. We have a range of industry standard Pioneer hardware including the flagship NXS2 units. This course will look at the industry standard Traktor and Serato digital DJing software. We’ll also cover mixing on vinyl, and DVS platforms which are great if you’re a vinyl lover but want to incorporate a digital music library.

You’ll be exploring a range of DJ techniques so that you’ll be able to mix confidently, show off DJing tricks and secret weapons (including 3 and 4 deck mixing), and build your sets to make an impact.

‘How do I get gigs?’ – We explain the do’s, the don’ts, DJ branding and getting yourself out there. Finally, don’t expect an exam at the end of the module – this is a lot more fun: for the final lesson the DJ module students will DJ a ‘closed doors’ set at one of the most prominent clubs in Manchester.

MMS is a Native Instruments Education Partner, a Serato Training Centre, and a Pioneer Authorised Training Centre. Throughout this course and for 6 weeks afterwards you’ll have full, unlimited access to our 3 pro DJ suites.

Equipment, Setup and Basics

CDJs, turntables & mixers, monitoring & headphones, audio connections & wiring, setup and calibration, beat-matching BPMs, keeping tracks in sync, pitch correction & triggering, timing, cues & visual references.

CDJs, Vinyl, Digital Vinyl Systems, Digital and Scratch DJing 

Beat-matching records, basic scratch DJ techniques, scratching with vinyl, scratching with CDJs, sourcing scratch samples, Serato Scratch Live & Dicers, Traktor Pro & S5, Traktor Scratch, Pioneer DDJ-T1 & Pioneer Rekordbox, digital controller integration, creating mixes with Ableton Live, XDJ1000 and CDJ2000 NXS2 control.

Effects, Sampling, and Advanced DJing

Effects, and when to use them, high and low pass filtering, advanced hot-cue techniques, creative looping, hot cue juggling, off-beat mixing, acapella overlay, 3 and 4 deck mixing.

Is this course for me?

Time to take the first step. You may have a deep desire to make music and play it out. That may be just to your friends, or to a stadium crowd. It all starts with learning the basics, and practice, practice, practice.

You’ll be amongst like-minded students who you can collaborate and DJ freely with. Make use of our expert tutors, and a creative environment to inspire you. 

We have high-end facilities which you have unlimited access to throughout, along with technical support staff who can assist whenever you need extra help.

  • Entry Requirements

    None. Suitable for beginners or self-taught producers. No software, equipment at home or prior qualifications needed. Add the Advanced Music Production to increase your understanding of sound design and mixdown.

  • Course Outcome

    You’ll be producing music – creating ideas and arranging them into a track – confidently with Ableton Live. You’ll also be able to mix on a range of platforms to club-standard. 

Are you ready to have one of the most fun careers on the planet?

Enrol on course

  • Course Fees

    Option One: Reg fee (£300) + advance payment of £3690.
    Payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £3990.

    Option Two: Reg fee (£300) + 3 10 week instalments x £1280
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4140.

    Option Three: Reg fee (£300) + 11 x £360 monthly instalments.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4260.

    Option Four: A single payment including the registration fee
    offering a further saving.  Total £3890.

    Funding options available.

  • Start dates

    November 17th 2016
    6 months music production : Thursdays 11 – 6pm
    4 months DJing : Mon or Weds 6pm – 10pm 

    February 11th 2017
    6 months music production : Saturdays 11 – 6pm
    4 months DJing : Mon or Weds 6pm – 10pm 

    Music Composition module
    3 months Monday or Wednesday

    Any questions: Please contact a course adviser 
    (+44) 0161 833 4722

    Add more modules to gain a better price per module. 

Intro to music production and DJing

Introduction to Music Production and DJing

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Additional Information

Start Dates

November 17th 2016 – Thursday lectures 11am –  6pm, February 11th 2017 – Saturday lectures 11am – 6pm, April 26th 2017 – Wednesday lectures 11am – 6pm

Payment Options

Option One: Reg fee (£300) + advance payment of £3690. First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £3990, Option Two: Reg fee (£300) + 3 x £1280 10 week instalments. First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4140, Option Three: Reg fee (£300) + 11 x £360 monthly instalments. First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4260, Option Four: One-off payment inc. registration fee offering extra saving. Total £3890 (Not available if course starts within 1 month)

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Course FAQS

What is my timetable for the course?

Your timetable can be tailored to suit your needs. Modules can studied one after the other, or at the same time. Please speak with a course advisor to plan your training. See below for examples:

November start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Thursdays 11am – 6 pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Thursdays 11am – 6 pm

Music Composition – 3 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

Music Business –  3 months – Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

DJing – 4 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

February start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Saturdays 11am – 6pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Saturdays 11am – 6pm

Music Composition – 3 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

Music Business –  3 months – Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

DJing – 4 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

April start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Wednesdays 11am – 6pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Wednesdays 11am – 6pm

Music Composition – 3 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

Music Business –  3 months – Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

DJing – 4 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Do I get practical time in the studios as well as lectures?

Yes, MMS guarantees more practical time than any other UK equivalent.

Practical time is allocated to you (flexible to your schedule) which goes alongside your lectures.

You can also take an unlimited number of any free studio slots

We’re open from 10am – 10pm Monday – Friday, and 12 – 9pm on weekends for you to use the studios.

Full time technicians are on hand for these sessions to give you mentoring if you need it.

Can I get funding for the course?

Self-funding : Payment plans for the course

The Midi School has a range of payment options for the diploma courses, in either advanced, termly or monthly plans. In some instances at the school’s discretion, an extended monthly payment plan can be arranged if there is a guarantor. Please contact us about this if you need more advice.

Loan Funding

We cannot currently accept Student Finance or Advanced Learning Loans to fund this course.

Many students at the Midi School can however fund their course through a Professional and Career Development Loan.

A Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) is a bank loan to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying. You start repaying the loan (plus interest at a reduced rate) 1 month after leaving your course. To apply, you must be 18 or over, and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts.

To apply for a PCDL, we recommend the following:

I work full-time. Is it possible for me to take this course?

Yes, many students successfully study this course whilst working full-time hours.  

Your study is broken up into 6hrs of weekly lectures (fixed time every week), individual studio time (flexible to your schedule) and additional unlimited access. So, as long as the lecture time doesn’t clash with your other commitments, it is totally possible.

If you have any questions please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722.

Do I need equipment for the course?

You do not need to own equipment to do a course with us

Other than a pair of studio headphones (which are recommended but not essential. If you need advice on what headphones to purchase, please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722.

Every student has access to their own iMac workstation which contains all the software, samples and plugins that you will use throughout the course.

Do you take term breaks?

Yes we do take term breaks. 

Winter Break – Closed from 23rd December 2016 – Open 7th January 2017

Easter Break – Closed from 10th April – Open 24th April 2017

Term Break – Closed from 29th May – Open 5th June 2017.

Summer Break – Closed from 7th August – Open 21st August 2017.

Winter Break – Closed 22nd December 2017 – Open 6th January 2018.

I am an international student. Can I apply?

Students from within the European Union, or who have joint nationality with the UK can enrol via the normal way, by clicking ‘Enrol Now’ on their chosen course.

However, if you are an international student from outside the EU…

We cannot provide you with a Tier 4 Licence. Do please contact us so we can notify you when this is in place.

You can however apply for a Short Term Study Visa to enable you to study for up to 6 months with us in the UK.

And, if you are here on a short trip, you can study one of our shorter courses.

See international students page for more information.

Do you provide student accommodation?

Student accommodation is not provided with the course.

Please see our accommodation page which has detailed information on both student halls, and private renting in and around Manchester.

It is advised that if you are moving to Manchester from abroad or a different city, the atmosphere of student halls might be better for you.

We can help you with other aspects of re-locating, such as advising you on the best transport links to find us, and where some of the best musical venues around Manchester are.

See accommodation page for more information.

Do you hold open days?

We do indeed hold Open Days!  Yes see the next date.

There’ll be free music production and DJ workshops, a range of industry seminars, and a chance to get lots of career advice. All are welcome.

However, if you’re keen to get started quicker than when the Open Day comes around, particularly if you’re looking to study this course, we advise booking in for an informal personal tour of the school.

Please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722 to make an appointment for either a tour or the Open Day.

When should I enrol?

Unlike most training centres MMS has a limit on lecturer to student ratio and keeps its class sizes small. We therefore have limited availability and courses fill up well in advance. We recommend registering as soon as you are ready to secure your place to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722,  who will be happy to help!

I still need advice!

If you have any questions please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722, who will be happy to help!

If you’d like to view our facilities and chat to a course advisor, please contact us below.

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