Duration : 24 Months

Next start: April 26th 2017

Loan funding available

Master Diploma In Music Production, Audio Engineering, Music Business & DJing

our flagship course for those serious about an industry career

Course Introduction

Some say life begins outside of the comfort zone. We don’t believe you need to go that far, but by challenging yourself to more than you thought you were capable of, great things can happen.

You’ll be studying all the hallmark subjects that MMS has to offer. It’ll give you the best possible springboard into all areas of the music industry.

Our industry-active tutors and creative environment will be constant throughout your training. You’ll gain expertise in all areas of the music industry, starting with music production, sound design and mixdown. We’ll also look at studio and live engineering, and building your creative portfolio. You’ll learn to DJ, and how to promote your career.

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.

  • Getting down to business

     You could be a producer looking to get signed, or start a label. Or run a festival, or manage other artists. Or something else entirely. We’ll give you the tools to achieve this.

  • 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. 



Production & Engineering: 1 day / 2 eve lectures (18 months). Music Comp (3 months). Business: Sat 3–6pm (3 months). DJing: Mon / 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
    Structuring tracks
    Basic sound design and mixdown

  • djing

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

  • further production

    Sound design with NI Komplete
    Advanced mixdown techniques
    Mastering processes
    Genre production techniques

  • Music business

    Viable business projects
    Different revenue streams
    Law in music business
    Music industry in context

  • audio engineering

    SSL & Midas desks
    Using microphones
    Multi track recording
    Music to video

  • music composition

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

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.

Advanced Music Production

Duration: 6 months

The advanced music production module is an ideal progression for those who have completed the Introduction to Music Production module. This module is for those who already have a working knowledge of music production using a DAW.

It is not DAW specific, and focusses instead on transferrable music production techniques relevant for any platform. Are you already producing, but often feel that something is lacking from your music? Then this is also the module for you.

Over 6 months you’ll study different types of synthesis (subtractive, wavetable, frequency modulation, granular, additive) and sampling techniques allowing you to confidently recreate the sound you’re looking for from your favourite track – or to create something unique to you: no more presets! We’ll break down a range of different tracks to see why they work allowing you to incorporate these proven techniques into your own productions.

Finally, you’ll learn in depth mixdown and mastering techniques using a range of high-end processors and effects from manufacturers like Native Instruments, UAD and iZotope. Give you music clarity, punch and depth, and make it stand out in a crowded marketplace. You’ll be learning in a creative environment, from industry active producers who have a string of releases and remixes to their names. Manchester MIDI School is a Native Instruments Education Partner.

Sound Design with Native Instruments Komplete

Sound theory, advanced Massive synthesis, FM8, Absynth, introduction to Reaktor/blocks, advanced sampling using Battery, effective layering of sounds, creative audio editing, recording, editing and processing vocals, vocoding.

Music Production Skills

Further critical/analytical listening skills, advanced production techniques, advanced synthesis/sound design, case studies: how to structure music of different styles/genres.

Advanced Mixdown

Gain structure, effective metering (dBFS, dBVU), balance, panning, EQ (vintage analogue and digital), noise gates, compression types (VCA, FET, Opto, Vari MU), creative modulation effects, reverb and delay families, case studies: mixing different types of music and instrumentation, further mastering techniques.

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.

Music Business

Duration: 3 months

Once your music is at a standard where it can be released, do you know how to get it out? If you are presented with a contract from a label, do you know what to look for? You may want to manage yourself, others, or look into a completely different area of the music business: either way if you have a key understanding of the roles of record labels and publishing then you put yourself in the best position possible to create opportunities from it. By understanding how to you can make your music pay, you can ensure that you have a sustainable career from it.

Whereas most Music Business Courses are designed to create ‘business people’ the MMS Music Business module is much more than that. It has been designed for anyone who wants to make a living out of music and is perfect for musicians, bands, artists, managers, DJs, promoters, producers, technicians, recording studio activities, record labels, next generation music entrepreneurs.

Having a brilliant idea is a great starting point, however a comprehensive and well thought out plan can be the difference between success or failure. With tutors providing essential music industry insight, your module will be tailored with 1-2-1 sessions to help you create a solid career plan – what do you want to achieve? How can you achieve it? How can you maximise both the creative and commercial potential of your ideas?

The music industry 

Learn about: key Institutions, PRS, PPL, MCPS, & the MU, labels, aggregators, publishers, potential revenue streams, public funding and grants, technology in the industry.

Business Planning

How can you be unique? Developing your brand, who to work with, fitting yourself to the industry, business protocol, viable projects, risks and reward assessment, contractual arrangements, assessing a plan, marketing, manufacturing, setting milestones, management and presentation skills.

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?

You’ll gain all the tools you need to make professional music in any genre you choose.

You’ll also gain a strong portfolio of work. This is essential if you want a career working with audio, whether that be in a studio or in a live setting. 

We will prepare you for self employment, setting up your company, and working with others in the music industry. Finally, DJing : perform your music live, and have fun doing it.

  • Entry Requirements

    None. Suitable for beginners or self-taught producers. No software, equipment at home or prior qualifications needed.

  • Course Outcome

    You’ll be able to make music to a very high level with Ableton Live and Pro Tools. You’ll have a studio engineer’s portfolio, and the business and DJ skills to promote your music.

If you’re passionate about committing to a future in music, this course is for you. Take the jump!

Enrol on course

  • Course Fees

    Option One: Reg fee (£300) + advance payment of £8055.
    Payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £8355.

    Option Two: Reg fee (£300) + 10 10 week instalments x £827.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £8575.

    Option Three: Reg fee (£300) + 30 x £281 monthly instalments.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £8735.

    Option Four: A single payment including the registration fee
    offering a further saving.  Total £8255.
    * (Not available if course starts within 1 month)

    Option Five: PCDL: Reg fee (£300) to enrol. Total loan amount: £8575.


  • Start dates

    Study from 1 to 5 days per week : Contact us for full timetable
    Music Composition is studied alongside your Music Production module unless otherwise specified.

    April 26th 2017
    First 2 modules: Wednesday 12pm-6pm (12 months)

    June 27th 2017 (Evening term)
    First 2 modules: Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-10pm (12 months)

    September 4th 2017
    First 2 modules: Monday 12pm-6pm (12 months)

    November 16th 2017
    First 2 modules: Thursday 12pm-6pm (12 months)

    February 17th 2018 (Weekend term)
    First 2 modules: Saturday 12pm-6pm (12 months)

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

Complete Master Music Production, Audio Engineering, Music Business and DJing

Master Music Production, Audio Engineering, Music Business and DJing

£300.00£8,355.00 £300.00£8,255.00


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

Advanced MP – 6 months – Mondays 12pm – 6 pm

Music Comp – 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

November start dates

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

Advanced MP – 6 months – Thursdays 12pm – 6 pm

Music Comp – 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 12pm – 6pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Saturdays 12pm – 6pm

Music Comp – 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 12pm – 6pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Wednesdays 12pm – 6pm

Music Comp – 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

June start dates

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

Advanced MP – 6 months – Tues & Thurs 7pm – 10pm

Music Comp – 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

Many students at the Midi School 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:

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

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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