8 Courses To Kickstart Your Music Production Journey

  • Experience the joy of creating music.
  • Finally write that song you’re proud to show off to friends and family
  • 8 courses to get any novice making banging tunes in no time
  • A variety of styles to cater for all types of music lovers

Starting out as a music producer can often be an overwhelming and confusing leap to take. A lot of people often find themselves unsure of which digital audio workstation (DAW) to use, what skills they should learn first, and are left to figure out what tools they actually need. 

This list should point you in the right direction as you get started on your personal journey with making music.

There’s no better time than now to pursue a new hobby. Enjoy!

Protip: Skillshare is currently offering free 2-month passes to all their courses. Use this link to take advantage of the deal before it runs out. Happy learning!

1. Noiselab

Suited for beginners who want to learn everything they need to know about producing a track from start to finish in Ableton Live.
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What makes Noiselab unique is that instead of focusing on a variety of digital audio workstations (DAWs), they have set out to create the most comprehensive online tutorial platform specifically for Ableton Live.

This does mean you get a fewer number of tutorials compared to other online courses, but it also means that all their lessons are lazer-focused on equipping you with the practical and theoretical skills in order to truly master Ableton Live.

I highly recommend doing their free induction course titled ‘Electronic Music Production Level 1‘. It’s completely free and a great taster of their capabilities as an online music school.

Remember to use code KICKSTART20 at checkout and receive 20% off your membership!

2. Deadmau5 Teaches Electronic Music Production

Recommended for novice producers looking to create EDM and contemporary dance music.

The indelible Deadmau5. In terms of electronic music producers, this guy has pretty much solidified himself as a household name. It comes as little surprise that the team over at Masterclass have therefore commissioned him to do a 101 course on how to boss it at electronic music production.

The course offers Deadmau5′ entire process from start to finish and covers topics such as:

  • Melodies
  • Chords
  • Structure
  • Arrangement
  • Beat creation
  • Mixing and mastering
  • Sound design
  • Experimentation with modular synths.

Watching a leading artist do a step by step walkthrough on their creative process is just one of the many luxuries that the 21st century and the Internet has allowed us.

You are getting a guest seat inside the mind of someone who has developed their life to perfecting the craft.

Masterclass is currently offering a 24-hour pass to this course and others.

3. Timbaland Teaches Producing & Beatmaking

Perfect for those looking to craft modern and vintage Hip Hop from a true pioneer.

Perfect for those looking to craft a variety of modern and vintage sounds from a producer who has been in the mainstream from 1996 until 2020, continues to produce hits, and has a thorough enthusiasm for teaching. 

Timbaland’s Masterclass includes his 12 ‘steps’ to get yourself on the road to becoming a fully-fledged producer. He covers everything from starting out and playing around with ideas to tweaking drum samples and manipulating vocals.

Timbaland also shows you the construction and creative steps that led to some of his greatest hits and musical achievements. 

Masterclass is currently offering a 24-hour pass to this course and others.

4. ProducerTech’s “Complete Beginners Guide to Logic Pro 9″

Suited for those looking to get their heads around Logic Pro 9, with a free extended trial and a bunch of sounds and samples tossed in from Loopmasters to boot.

 

This course from Producer Tech will go from the very first introduction of Logic as a DAW and cover all of its basic features and functionality.

You will be taken all the way through the process of creation right up to and including the process of mixing and mastering your own track.

It is also worth noting that Logic Pro X currently has a free 90-day full trial, giving you 3 months to roll up your sleeves and see if this DAW is ‘the one’ for you. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get a free 1GB sample pack from Loopmasters if you purchase this course from Producer Tech.

This course from Producer Tech will go from the very first introduction of Logic as a DAW and cover all of its basic features and functionality – helping you to get used to the interface, before taking you beneath the surface to explore:

  • Looping
  • Using the piano roll
  • Creating, editing and using MIDI
  • Arrangement
  • Recording
  • Compression
  • Filtering

Click here to find out more information regarding this specific course and to download an ‘obligation free information pack’.

5. CreativeLive’s “FL Studio Synthesis Masterclass

Suited for anyone looking to master sound design techniques within FL Studio.

For those using FL Studio as their main DAW, you probably don’t want to miss this one. This lesson from SeamlessR (Stephen O’Leary) is a mammoth 23-part class on how to synthesize sounds in FL Studio from scratch using nothing but the stock plugins available.

This particular class contains over 9 hours total of in-depth footage and detail which will aid you in your understanding of sound design and creation.

This tutorial covers some (of my favorite) plugins including:

  • Harmor
  • Sytrus
  • Harmless
  • Sawer
  • Sakura, and more

Click here to view the course in full detail.

6. Education & Bass Online

Suited for anyone looking to master the styles of underground bass music ala DnB + Dubstep.

education and bass online course review

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Education & Bass Online’s content is best-suited for the modern bass music producer, i.e. DnB, dubstep, etc.

The lecturers are also delivered by some of the most prominent figures in the scene, such as Nomine/Outrage, Leon Switch, Nurve (Macabre Unit), Occult, LSN and DubApe to name a few.

Spending only just a week digesting the content of the course, I uncovered little nuggets of wisdom that made me go from “how did I never discover that feature before?” to “I have to try this right now”. There were moments where I had to pause the videos, just to open up Ableton and try out the techniques myself.

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7. Jason Allen: “Music Composition Techniques”

Suited for those who have trouble creating meaningful chord progressions and want to improve their music theory.

Your beats are getting better and better and you can feel yourself leveling up, but do you feel an invisible ceiling in your way, preventing you from ascending into greatness?

Often times, that ceiling is (in most cases) an understanding of music theory and composition.

That’s where Jason Allen comes in.

His course is designed from the ground up to help you get a fundamental understanding of music in both theory and application. Chord progressions, melody writing, music production analysis are all packed into this course, which is a one-stop-shop for those looking to better their understanding of music at its core. 

Skillshare offers a free 2-month all-access pass for new signups, click here to take advantage of the offer while it lasts!

8. Blueprint to Beatmaking: A Step-By-Step System to Hip Hop Music Production

Suited for anyone looking to understand how to write modern Hip Hop.

Next in our essential lesson-plan line up we have Kia Orion. Founder of Beat School and a swathe of other educational music-related programs and lessons, Kia has been teaching and helping people for years.

His specific class, “Blueprint to Beatmaking“, is curated and created specifically to help people who may perhaps be stuck on an idea or be suffering from writer’s block, and those trying to figure out a workflow or a way to manage their creative output.

The full breakdown of the lesson plan for the Blueprint to Beatmaking course is currently available here, along with a stack of other bits and bobs that anyone who gives a hoot about electronic music will most likely not want to miss out on.

Click here to view the course in full detail.

Protip: Skillshare is currently offering free 2-month passes to all their courses. Use this link to take advantage of the deal before it runs out. Happy learning!