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. No prior music theory or instrument playing required.
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?
It’s important to remember, this course isn’t just for music producers wanting to improve.
If you’re a sound engineer, music theory will help you to communicate with the musicians around you in a language they understand. If you want to create music for other mediums such as films or TV, a foundation in music theory is absolutely essential for your workflow. We would recommend this in tandem with the Ableton Live Short Course if you have no previous music production knowledge.
This is a great all-rounder course for anyone wanting to delve deeper into music, and is not reliant on the specific software you use at home.
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 SEM’s Midi Lab and Studio 1, where you can use Ableton Live to practice. We are open 10am – 10pm Monday – Friday, and 12 – 9pm on weekends.
Enrol on course
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 funding with Course Finance (Monthly payment options 1 – 3)
- Apply online now via the course page. We cannot generally accept you for a course that starts within 14 days on Omnifinance.
- If your application with Omnifinance is successful, the initial downpayment is paid to SEM and is required promptly.
- Your monthly repayments to Omnifinance do not begin until 28 days after your finance was accepted.
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 Course 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, have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts, and earning over £5000 annually. You can apply by clicking ‘enrol’ on the course page to begin the finance application, then selecting ‘Monthly payments via Omni Capital’ and clicking ‘Apply Now’ on the second page.
You can apply for the full amount of course fees, and choose an affordable monthly repayment that suits your budget – options over 6 and 12 months are 0% interest, and above this is 9.9%. 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 as it will require a bespoke application created by SEM).
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 option for you.
Course 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: £525.
£525 over 6 months : Deposit £26.25 : Monthly instalments of £83.12. Total finance £498.75.