A two-year foundation degree providing industry-standard production skills and specialist support to create your own music business.
•Entry based on experience and motivation •Previous qualifications not essential •Trained specialist tutors •Small class sizes •Free studio time •Industry links •A third cheaper than normal degree costs •Fully supported by student loans system
This innovative Foundation degree in Creative Music Production and Business is a two year full-time course. We are now accepting applications for September 2020 start! Get in touch and a CM team member will contact you, click Apply Now or subscribe below.
This creative course is aimed at music producers and musicians who want to develop professional production and musicianship skills, and then go on to learn the business skills needed to create a sustainable independent career within the music industry. The course has been designed in response to the ever-increasing demand for high quality practical and vocational training at a Higher Educational Level, by those wishing to develop their skills and experience in the music industry, both as a creative music maker and as a business entrepreneur. With excellent links to the music industry, it is a programme designed firstly to develop students’ creative and technological skills and ability, and then to focus on how students can channel these skills into their career and business development.
This course is a collaboration between Community Music and the University of Westminster. Community Music has a long-standing tradition of training and artist development using up-to-date industry standard equipment and facilities. The University of Westminster has a thriving music department and music degree with state-of-the-art recording studios and extensive library and IT facilities.
How many days per week?
Students are in class for approximately 2.5 days per week, but need to set aside roughly the same amount of time again to complete weekly tasks and assignments, and practice what was learnt in class.
What will I study?
During the 1st year of the course, students develop skills and ability in creative music production, studio techniques, recording and programming, musicianship and creative composition, and develop an understanding of the music industry and the social and cultural environment in which it operates. During the 2nd year, students turn their attention more firmly toward the music industry, focusing on business planning and development, finance skills and the music industry as a whole, whilst continuing to develop their music production skills. Students will be introduced to the professional contexts of the music industry and particularly the imperatives of the independent small-scale business entrepreneur. Students are enabled to develop their own small business idea and create a viable business plan which they can put into action when they complete the course.
How will I learn and be assessed?
Students follow an intensely practical approach to learning and are required to complete a high level of creative music output throughout the course. Students follow a varied programme of practical and theoretical tasks and are encouraged to try out what they have learnt in a hands-on way, reflecting on theoretical learning pro-actively. Students are assessed in a variety of ways including recordings, work related projects, logbooks, written work, self-evaluations and verbal presentations. There are no exams.
What can I do once I have completed the course?
The course is primarily designed to provide students with a bank of skills and knowledge necessary to create their own role within the music industry, setting up their own small business for example. However, should students wish to gain employment within the existing music industry they will be equally well equipped to do so. Students will be able to enter a wide field of career areas, including commercial music production and music for media to name but a few.
Are there any opportunities for further study?
Students can take the full Foundation degree or opt to do a one year Certificate of Higher Education. After completing the Foundation degree, students will be able to apply to level 6 of the BA/MMus Music: Production, performance and enterprise at the University of Westminster should they wish to continue their studies. Students are also able to apply to any other suitable Level 6 courses across the country.
What are the entry requirements?
This course is designed to welcome people from all current music backgrounds and does not require formal qualifications for entry. Previous practical experience of Music/Music Production is essential. A study support programme is available for those students who need it.
How much does the course cost?
The Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production and Business costs £6000 per year for two years, a saving of over £3000 on standard degree course fees per year.
Can I get any financial support?
All course fees can be covered by a full tuition fee loan from the government and most students are eligible for support. This is not repayable until students have completed the course and are earning more than £25,000 per year. Students may also be eligible to receive a maintenance loan, depending on your personal circumstances, which you can use towards your living costs.
How do I apply?
Click Apply Now or call the Community Music office for more details on 020 7377 0621.
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Course code: W306 Institution code: W50 Campus name: Community Music Ltd Campus code: Z
Production Essentials:40 Credits
This module explores the basis of music production on Logic and then studio hardware from the ground up. Dynamic interactive sessions feature demonstrations and discussions followed by putting the day’s topic into practice. Session players and industry speakers are a big part of this module.
Musicianship for Production: 40 Credits
Students learn the basis of musicianship, in theory and on keyboards, and experience our Founder John Steven's ground breaking Search and Reflect programme, to support them in their composition, arrangements, and incorporating improvisation into their recordings.
Roots of Contemporary Music:20 Credits
Roots of Contemporary Music explores current music scenes and genres through detailed examination of the historical, cultural, political, and technological context of the crucial revolutions in music over the last 100 years. It is a practical music-based module, a fascinating exploration of musical styles, genres and history.
Anatomy of the Music Industry:20 Credits
In this module students learn current music industry practice and the connections between its many different sectors. Students in label groups design and execute a 5-week campaign to release a digital single.
Marketing and Promotion:20 Credits
This module focuses on marketing and promotion in the digital age, including tools to audit your market, market research, SEO, planning and measuring a promotional campaign. Guests from industry share specialist knowledge on good practice, tools, and trends.
Advanced Music Production:60 credits
Students build on their already extensive skills learned in year 1 with production and mixing in the analogue domain. Real world audio engineering and creative challenges extend students’ creative resources in preparation for the production workplace. Students learn all about post production including mastering and an introduction to ProTools .
Creative Business Creation:40 credits
In this module students really look to the future by putting together a business plan for their own music enterprise. Guests from industry give crucial insight to aspects of growth of an idea in a marketplace. Students pitch their plan to a panel of professionals experienced in a broad range of music sectors who ask questions and give real time feedback.
Dani Senior is a London based platinum-selling songwriter, vocalist, recording engineer and DJ. She is notable for her versatile writing style and has written across a range of genres. Dani is a graduate in English Literature and says...
Jamie is a long-standing member of the Community Music family, initially studying production, performance and DJ in 2005, and then completing the Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production and Business and the Music Leader Training programme. He joined...
Jason started out as DJ Warlock in the early 90s through London pirate radio and the UK rave hardcore party scene. With the purchase of an Akai sampler and an 808 drum machine (and a few early sessions...
Marketa is a Community Music graduate and has recently completed the Foundation degree in Creative Music Production and Business and the Music leader training course. She is passionate about music making and has been volunteering on Community Music's...
Matt is a guitarist. composer and producer who has worked with acts including Lemar, Bjork, Zero7, Ananda Shankar, and State of Bengal, who he co-produced with whom he has toured worldwide since 2000. Recent work includes mastering of...
Matt is an experienced music producer & engineer with a degree in popular music studies and music production & business. He runs the production house Rotten Jam Music with fellow tutor Jamie Corke, they’ve had syncs with international...
Steve ‘Chandrasonic’ Savale is a guitarist and producer from London who is best known for his work with the band Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) who formed in 1993 at Community Music’s original home in Farringdon. In keeping with...
Zoe is a highly experienced tutor currently leading the Mind the Music programme and teaching on the Foundation degree in Creative Music Production and Business. Zoe is a self-producing singer songwriter in her own right, and has a...
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Dani Senior is a London based platinum-selling songwriter, vocalist, recording engineer and DJ. She is notable for her versatile writing style and has written across a range of genres. Dani is a graduate in English Literature and says it serves as a great lyrical base for songwriting. She has also studied at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and has a Cambridge Business Skills accreditation.
Jamie is a long-standing member of the Community Music family, initially studying production, performance and DJ in 2005, and then completing the Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production and Business and the Music Leader Training programme. He joined the teaching team in 2015. He works professionally as a music producer and runs a production house with fellow tutor Matt Black, producing tracks for international brands such as Nike and Star wars to name but a few.
Jason started out as DJ Warlock in the early 90s through London pirate radio and the UK rave hardcore party scene. With the purchase of an Akai sampler and an 808 drum machine (and a few early sessions in the studio with drum & bass producers Optical and A-sides plus also Spiral Tribe) he soon started producing techno, and then later, electro, breaks, dubstep and bass music. Over the years the studio has grown and releases have emerged on Hypercolour, Ritual Poison, Skint, We Buy Gold, I Love Acid, Kick+Clap, Varvet and also on his own Rag & Bone imprint.
He has worked in A&R and label management at seminal label Kickin Records and also had a stint at music journalism with Music Week and Generator Magazine. He is a vinyl addict and regularly DJs in and around London, the UK and abroad from Berlin to Tokyo, Glastonbury to Boomtown, Rye Wax to Helter Skelter. You’ll also find him on the radio at Kool FM.
Jason completed CM’s Music Leader Tutor Training Course and now teaches the 1st year and 2nd year Music Production and Advanced Music production modules on our Creative Music Production & Business Foundation Degree.
Marketa is a Community Music graduate and has recently completed the Foundation degree in Creative Music Production and Business and the Music leader training course. She is passionate about music making and has been volunteering on Community Music's youth programme throughout her degree. She is now a fully qualified tutor and works on a number of projects on our youth programme.
Matt is a guitarist. composer and producer who has worked with acts including Lemar, Bjork, Zero7, Ananda Shankar, and State of Bengal, who he co-produced with whom he has toured worldwide since 2000. Recent work includes mastering of tracks for Universal, Sony, and original music for animation for Corporation of London and the 2014 African Nations Football Championship video tribute to Nelson Mandela, Fox TV series, and Mira Nair’s independent Hollywood film ‘The Namesake’. Matt manages the publishing rights of select producers and acts whom he works with. Current owner of 'Barge Belle’ a floating recording studio where he is a freelance recording, mix and mastering engineer.
Matt is an experienced music producer & engineer with a degree in popular music studies and music production & business. He runs the production house Rotten Jam Music with fellow tutor Jamie Corke, they’ve had syncs with international brands and TV shows including Nike, This is us, Made in Chelsea and Home & Away. They’ve also composed a score for the Star Wars drone battle events featured on the BBC. Matt & Jamie are also the UKG duo 2 Rotten Scoundrels, they have worked with a few of the scenes legends including Pied Piper, Scott Garcia, Sticky, K2 Family and Selena Mai. Matt has mixed & mastered a top 40 dance album for Scott Garcia and Proudly includes DJ Pied Piper on his list of private students for production & engineering.
Steve ‘Chandrasonic’ Savale is a guitarist and producer from London who is best known for his work with the band Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) who formed in 1993 at Community Music’s original home in Farringdon. In keeping with ADF’s strong anti-racism stance and belief in music’s power to educate and liberate, in 2009 Steve presented the ‘Music of Resistance’ series for Al Jazeera TV, telling the stories of musicians who fight repression and sing about injustices. Steve leads on the Roots of Contemporary Music module.
Zoe is a highly experienced tutor currently leading the Mind the Music programme and teaching on the Foundation degree in Creative Music Production and Business. Zoe is a self-producing singer songwriter in her own right, and has a diverse background in teaching and education including leading music in healthcare projects, singing for lung health groups, live band instrument workshops, and she is also Community Music's Study Support lead.