Finish the course having completed a piece of music using all the aspects you’ve learnt lesson-by-lesson. You’ll be amazed at how much 12 weeks can change your music.
You may be producing music, but how musical are you? This course has been created to give producers and sound engineers a solid grounding in musical theory, using modern day music – from Daft Punk to techno. The course will allow you to create ideas quickly with confidence, improve your musical ear, and help take your ideas to a finished arrangement, ready for mixdown. The course will answer questions like:
What are keys, scales, melodies? How do they fit into a groove? What’s a time signature? How do I develop a chord structure? What’s the anatomy of a drum rhythm? How can I create a track, with a sample as a starting point? How do I work vocals, timing and tuning to make my tracks tighter? How can I improve my remixing? How do I make a bigger drop? How can I finish this track?
You don’t need a musical background, be able to play an instrument or read music in order to do this course.
Then upon starting the course, you will have access to the Midi Lab where you can use Ableton Live and practice outside of lesson times. We are open 10am – 10pm Monday – Friday, and 12 – 9pm on weekends.
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When should I enrol?
In short: enrol as soon as you are ready. All live course dates are available for you to enrol on.
Unlike most training centres SEM has a limit on lecturer to student ratio and keeps its class sizes small. We therefore have limited availability and courses fill up in advance. We would recommend enrolling as soon as you are ready, to avoid disappointment. If you are looking at a start date that is more than 3 months away, we would strongly recommend contacting a course advisor so that we can primarily secure your place before the window opens for you to apply for finance.
If you are funding with Student Finance (Monthly payment options 1 – 3) and your course starts within 3 months
- Apply online now via the course page
- Monthly repayments to Omnifinance do not begin until 1 month after your course start date.
- The initial downpayment is paid to SEM, this is not required until 14 days before your course start date.
If you are funding with Student Finance (Monthly payment options 1 – 3) and your course starts in more than 3 months time
- Speak to to the SEM office asap. We can take the initial downpayment to hold your place on the course until we are within the 3 month window for you to apply for the finance.
- The SEM office can also offer advice on how to prepare for the application (electoral roll, credit score check etc.)
If you have any questions please contact a course advisor on +44 (0)161 833 4722. They will be happy to help!
Can I get funding for the course
If you have any questions, we would always recommend contacting a course advisor or calling us on +44 (0)161 833 4722.
Options 1 – 3: Get instant Student Finance with Omni Capital (you will need to be in employment)
Prospective students are able to get an instant online decision to fund training though our partner Omni Capital. To apply, you must be 18 or over, and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts. You can apply by clicking ‘enrol’ on the course page to begin the finance application. Please note student finance can only be applied for within 3 months or less of the course start date.
You can apply for the full amount of course fees, and choose an affordable monthly repayment that suits your budget. Other benefits of student finance are that the baseline course price is based on our ‘advanced’ cheaper price. You will need to pay a minimum 5% downpayment on the course fees at the point of successful application, although you have the option to make anything up to a 50% downpayment on course fees (please contact SEM for this).
Option 4: Fund the course yourself
Option 4 is an advance payment of £495, you can make this payment right up until 24hrs prior to the course start date, but you run the risk of the course filling if you wait too long. Please contact us about this if you need more advice. If you are European, a British citizen but have not lived in the UK for the past three years, or have low or no credit score, then payment option 4 is the relevant options for you.
Student finance calculator
You can use the finance calculator to try the potential options that suit your budget.
There is a minimum of 5% non-refundable deposit (downpayment for the course fees) required from the student at the point of successful application. The calculator will tell you minimum deposit required on the right hand side. To pay a bigger deposit please contact the school.
EG: Electronic Music Composition. Fees: £495.
£495 over 6 months : Deposit £25 : Monthly instalments of £78.33. Total finance £470