Duration : 9 Months

Next start: 18th May 2017

Loan funding available

Advanced Music Production & Music Business Course

Create release-ready music and increase opportunities to get it signed

Course Introduction

If you look at any successful producer, they have two key strengths. One: their sound has an edge. Two: they are able to market themselves. This course focuses on these two points: it will help raise the quality of your music, and your ability to push it forward successfully in the music industry.

If you’re serious about your career, then invest in your skills and give yourself the edge.

The advanced production techniques you’ll learn focus on sound design, and making your ideas sit right in the mix. You will then look at how your music can reach a wider audience. We’ll teach you how to structure your music-related activities and plan ahead. This is important as you can then maximise the creative and commercial potential of your ideas.

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  • Not Software Specific

    It doesn’t matter what music production software you are used to. This course focuses on 3rd party plugins and audio editing techniques rather than a specific software.

  • Producer? Go Pro!

    Raise your sound design and mixdown game to put you into another league. Start competing with the pros. 

  • 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.



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

  • sound design

    Sound design with NI Komplete
    Genre production techniques
    Working with hardware synths
    Sampling and layering techniques

  • music business

    Viable business projects
    Different revenue streams
    Effective plans / management
    Law in music business

  • Mix & Master

    Advanced mixing skills
    UAD and iZotope plugins
    mixdown case studies
    Mastering processes

  • Music composition

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

  • Music industry

    Music industry in context
    Labels & publishers
    How to predict trends

  • overview

    Create sounds from scratch
    Produce professional tracks
    Create a business
    Monetise your skills

Modules Included

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.

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.

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.

Is this course for me?

This module will get your music release-ready. Once it is, 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?

Music is a competitive industry with a constantly shifting landscape. You may want to manage yourself, others, or look into a completely different area of the music business. Either way, understanding the industry will put you 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.

  • Entry Requirements

    A strong working knowledge of music production software (DAW) is required. Before enrolment, applicants must attend an informal interview. Contact us to arrange this. Add the Intro to Music Production to meet the requirements.

  • Course Outcome

    You’ll finish producing at a very high level, with the skillset of a mix engineer. You’ll also have the business skills to promote your music.

Invest in enhancing and distributing your music.

Enrol on course

  • Course Fees

    Option One: Reg fee (£300) + advance payment of £3210.
    Payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total

    Option Two: Reg fee (£300) + 4 x 10 week instalments x £838.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £3650.

    Option Three: Reg fee (£300) + 13 x £265 monthly instalments.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £3750.

    Option Four: A single payment including the registration fee
    offering a further saving.  Total £3410
    * (Not available if course starts within 1 month)

    Option Five: PCDL: Reg fee (£300) to enrol. Total loan amount: £3650.


  • Start dates

    Music business is studied alongside your Music Production
    module – Saturdays 3pm-6pm

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

    May 18th 2017
    Thursday 12pm-6pm (6 months)

    August 26th  2017 (Weekend term)
    Saturday 12pm-6pm (6 months)

    October 18th 2017
    Wednesday 12pm-6pm (6 months)

    December 12th 2017 (Evening term)
    Tuesday and Thursday 7pm-10pm (6 months)

    February 19th 2018
    Monday 12pm-6pm (6 months)

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

Advanced music production and Business

Advanced Music Production and Music Business

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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

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

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

Music Business –  3 months Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

November start dates

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

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

Music Business –  3 months Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

February start dates

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

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

Music Business –  3 months Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

April start dates

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

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

Music Business –  3 months Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

June start dates

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

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

Music Business –  3 months Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

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

Yes, M.S.S 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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