Duration : 12 Months

Next start: April 26th 2017

Loan funding available

Introduction To Music Production & Audio Engineering

Learn how to produce your own music and record other artists

Course Introduction

Carve out a career in the audio engineering industry! Perfect if you’re a beginner who has never studied music before, or self-taught. If you are an instrumentalist however, make the most of your talents!

Create and record music yourself rather than with the help of a studio engineer, and to the highest quality. 

Training is backed up with the Music Composition module, so you’ll learn to arrange and write chords and melodies. You’ll also work on real-life scenarios that studio engineers and TV producers come across. Live recording bands, commercial sound design and syncing to radio, games, film and TV. You’ll finish with a diverse portfolio that’ll make you stand out.

Midischool industry partners
  • Command Ableton Live and Pro Tools

    In a creative environment with expert tutors, you’ll progress step-by-step. Go from a beginner, to using Ableton Live and Pro Tools like a pro.

  • Record, record, record!

    Our pro live room has the latest SSL, Midas, Rednet, UAD and iZotope technology. Record it it as much as possible to build your portfolio! 

  • Work Experience Placements

    We have a strong network of music industry opportunities. As your skills develop, this will help you make the jump from studying to working. 



Music Production and Audio Engineering: 1x6hr daytime or 2 evening lectures weekly (6 months). Music Composition: 7pm-10pm on Mon or Wed (3 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

  • Real-world briefs

    Live sound
    Music to video
    Creating sample packs
    Mixd with hardware / UAD

  • 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

  • studio skills

    Pro Tools workflow
    SSL & Midas desks
    Using microphones
    Multi track recording 

  • Overview

    Learn from a beginner level
    Produce professional tracks
    Complete real world briefs
    Record / produce other musicians

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.

Audio Engineering

Duration: 6 months

The Audio Engineering module is an ideal progression for those who have completed the Introduction to Music Production, or Advanced Music Production modules. This module is for those who already have a working knowledge of music production using a DAW. It’s suitable for those wanting to expand on the opportunities that their music production skills can give them.

Delivered on the industry standard Pro Tools platform across a range of high-end studios using the latest SSL, Midas, RedNet, UAD and iZotope technology, you’ll learn a wide range of practical skills required for employment in many different areas of the audio industry. Whether you’re a music producer looking to broaden your skill-set and scope of your own work, or you’re looking for a viable way to earn a living and carve a career in the industry you love, this is the module for you.

The module provides a series of real-life scenarios in which those working in the audio industry may well come across, giving the students opportunity to apply their learning in a practical way. For example, students will learn to follow briefs, in order to create radio adverts and music to film – all elements which can be compiled to create a strong showreel for their future careers. Learn from industry active producers and engineers who have achieved a huge range of releases and credits to their name.

Studio Skills

Pro Tools workflow, digital and analogue desk connectivity, functionality and workflow, patch bays, studio outboard, cables and connectors, studio monitoring procedure, foldback and studio maintenance/etiquette.

Recording, Editing and Mixing

Microphone architecture, selection and placement, multitrack recording, editing/comping/correcting audio, UAD mixing vs hardware compressors, EQ and effects, recording a range of different instrumentation, mixing techniques and methodologies.

Real-world Case Studies

Create a sample pack, record and produce a full band, setup and execute a gig in a live environment, create music for film and radio, ADR (dialogue replacement) for film.

Is this course for me?

This course is going to catapult you into the music industry. You don’t have to be into rock music to get the most out of Audio Engineering. It’s still highly relevant if you prefer electronic music.

This hands-on course will help you develop confidence working with people as well as audio.

You’ll build a strong creative portfolio – learning to produce, record and sync. You’ll be in line for work experience placements, which will close the gap between studying and working in the music industry.

  • Entry Requirements

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

  • Course Outcome

    You will finish producing music confidently with Ableton Live. You will also have the skillset of a studio engineer, and a strong supporting portfolio.

In a creative world, a strong portfolio often goes further than certification. This course will help you build that portfolio.

Enrol on course

  • Course Fees

    Option One: Reg fee (£300) + advance payment of £4100.
    Payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total

    Option Two: Reg fee (£300) + 5 x 10 week instalments x £845.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4525.

    Option Three: Reg fee (£300) + 17 x £256 monthly instalments.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4650.

    Option Four: A single payment including the registration fee
    offering a further saving. Total £4300
    * (Not available if course starts within 1 month)

    Option Five: PCDL: Reg fee (£300) to enrol. Total loan amount: £4525.


  • Start dates

    Music Composition is studied alongside your Music Production
    module – unless otherwise specified (Mon or Wed evening).

    6 month Audio Engineering: Flexible options

    April 26th 2017
    6 months music production : Wednesdays 12pm–6pm

    June 27th 2017
    6 months music production:  (Tue & Thur 7pm-10pm)

    September 4th 2017
    6 months music production : Monday 12pm-6pm

    November 16th 2017
    6 months music production : Thursday 12pm-6pm

    February 17th 2018
    6 months music production : Saturday 12pm-6pm

    Any questions: Please contact a course adviser 
    +44 (0) 161 833 4722

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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:

September start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Mondays 12pm – 6 pm

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

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

November start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Thursdays 12pm – 6 pm

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

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

February start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Saturdays 12pm – 6pm

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

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

April start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Wednesdays 12pm – 6pm

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

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

June start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Tues & Thurs 7pm – 10pm

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

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

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. 

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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