360° Garnish Music Academy

360° Garnish Music Academy | Los Angeles

We teach the skills necessary to hone the art of music production. Students leave with their own project, curated sound library, and the tools to succeed. This boutique-style program in classes of no more than eight serves as a comprehensive and hands-on experience. Gain invaluable tips and techniques from our superior roster of instructors, who are invested in your progress.

With strategically placed group mentoring sessions, and one to one mentoring sessions in our professional studio, with a mentor of their choice, students have the opportunity to write, produce, engineer, mix, master their very own EP.

Garnish was the first music production school in the UK to offer the Music Grades System for music production, and all music production Academy learners, worldwide take a Grade 6, 7 or 8 examination. More on music production grades on our London website here. If UK music production qualifications do not obviously pertain to our students’ goals, they (and perhaps more so their parents) can be rest assured that our music production program meets a national standard of accreditation.

Beats & Pieces

Within weeks into class, you will be working your way around your DAW, as it serves you long-term as one of your most essential creative tools. Through a practical hands-on teaching style. You will explore key concepts, such as MIDI programming, sampling, audio manipulation and arranging.

If you do not know which DAW to choose, fear not, as we have experts who can advise you, once we know a bit more about you.

“I switched to Ableton from Logic many years ago, but recently I’ve been missing Logic, so I decided to brush up to get the best of both worlds. I called Garnish, of course and the guys were great and got me back up to speed in no time” Jamie Jones

Music Composition

You will learn the building blocks of music composition, making you a more efficient producer, even if you already have some music theory background.

Learn and program chords which work well together, discover catchy lead-lines and bass-lines that groove.

Classically trained students who have taken this course repeatedly tell us how this part of the program has given them new tools and techniques.

Audio Engineering

Become grounded in audio engineering and recording with essential techniques and tricks of the trade. This part of the course emphasizes correct recording practices of love instruments, as well as synths. What microphones to use and why, audio interfaces, sample rates and bit depths, monitor speakers and room acoustics.

Mixing & Mastering

Know your space; learn the fundamentals behind acoustics and how to correctly stage your studio for cleaner and better sound. Then get your hands dirty with dynamic controllers, in-depth EQ, making the most of the frequency spectrum, mixing vocals, expanding song elements, creating cohesive sound, and awesome professional plugins, including our software partners, FabFilter.

Electronic Sound Design

While even many pro electronic producers stick with only subtractive synthesis during their career, you will go beyond by exploring subtractive, granular, additive, wavetable, and frequency modulated synthesis. This section also covers sampling, glitch, resampling, and additional beat-making techniques to broaden your sound.

Top-Line

Struggling to write songs that contend with the hits? Reading songwriting books and watching endless hours of Youtube tutorials don’t seem to be making a difference? Our Top-Line Songwriting module advances your songwriting abilities with a direct approach and advice that other sources neglect to share, bringing the hit songwriter out in you!

Build Beats Better

Our entire Build Beats Better program is included in our Academy. It consists of:-

  • Rhythm Section Programming – Think like a drummer or a strummer: Program beats, riffs, and fills that sound like… well… beats, riffs, and fills.
  • Vocal Production – Record, produce, and mix a quality vocal — mic technique, editing mastery, tuning & mixing vocals and a virtual studio visit with a vocalist at work.
  • Electronic Essentials – Bend electronic instruments to your will: Create groundbreaking dance music in any DAW. We cover the foundations of House, Techno, Tech-House, EDM and Bass.
  • Hip Hop Production – Learn how to record, write, collaborate, and produce Hip Hop! Styles include Boom Bap, East Coast, West Coast, Southern, and Trap. Explore and craft the skills to make your drums knock and your 808s rumble.
  • Cinematix – Sweet strings, thundering percussion, splatty horns: The secret tools and techniques used by professionals to create powerful and lifelike virtual orchestrations.
  • Release Party – Put that final polish on your mix. Learn the art of mastering, meta-tags and album art, and then get it to land safely in all the right places.
Live Performance at The Knitting Factory

You will learn advanced MIDI techniques, and discover how to use Ableton Live to set up to perform your project. Over 21s will be invited to perform their masterpieces at our club night at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

Free Unlimited Short Course Membership

All Academy learners at Garnish will gain a free unlimited membership for our shorter courses, worldwide. This means you can take as many 36-hour courses at any of our participating locations (London, Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco) free of charge, with no cap on volume or time! Our offer is valid as long as there is availability at your chosen participating school.

More Free Stuff!

Thanks to our exclusive licensing partnerships and certified status with brands such as Ableton, we have assembled a range of specialized assets: synthesizers, effects, and samples for Garnish Academy students. These instruments and sounds allow us to teach producers, side by side, using the same sets of expanded resources. Our constantly evolving license-partners and content producers add thousands of dollars to the value of our Producer and Academy courses. Many of these products are yours to keep. Others are free to use while you learn and are then eligible for exclusive upgrades at a fraction of their regular price.

We have our very own boutique sample label Lazerdisk Sound. Garnish students get all of our packs (mostly written and produced by Garnish instructors) for free, and an exclusive pack just for Garnish students not sold on the site! It’s recorded individual keys from Mark Ronson’s Mellotron M4000D, which our label chief Zack Johnson meticulously recorded in Mark’s studio in Hollywood. Thank you Zack and Mark!

Instructors

$9999 ($6599 Online Remote) + $500 registration fee | Schedule Skips Holidays | Payment Info

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 11a – 6p | Start: 9/14/21 – Ends: 4/7/22

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays | 11a – 6p | Start: 5/2/22 – Ends: 9/16/22

Tuesdays & Thursdays | 11a – 6p | Start: 4/5/22 – Ends: 10/20/22

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays | 11a – 6p | Start: 9/5/22 – Ends: 1/25/23

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    Testimonials

    The course does a good job of expressing the importance of all aspects of music. Synthesis, business, phycology, marketing/branding are all building blocks of the aspiring musician pyramid. Armed with knowledge from each category (and of course good work ethic), anyone can navigate the long, crazy road to becoming a successful and happy musician.

    Daniel Ferenbach

    Class sizes were perfect, so there was a great balance of one on one instruction and instruction on broad topics.

    Adam Booker

    The course was very enjoyable, challenging, and fulfilling. The Garnish School is a great space to learn the fundamentals essential to becoming a strong, well-developed music producer. The instructors took the time to teach & explain complex software techniques, and designed special classes to illustrate specific aspects of music making,  and vocal recording techniques. The instructors were varied in their careers & producing styles, making for well-rounded instruction. The instructors were fun to engage with and were interested in building the students and our experiences. I'm so happy this school came to LA from London, and that I made the commitment to complete this course. I feel ready to jump forward and continue working on my music. Thanks to all the Garnish instructors and to Dave for creating this fantastic school!

    Spencer Barnes @jaemisson

    The Electronic Music Academy is a good time and super informative. I've been writing and producing music for the past year. There was so much I wanted to transcribe from my mind to my DAW, but I just didn't fully know how. Fortunately, the EMA course changed that in just a few short weeks. Very exciting! Not to mention the Garnish LA folks are super cool.

    Patricia Seely

    I came in knowing literally nothing and now I can make a quality track in just a day or two. Simple as that.

    Jason Heffler @fluenceemusic

    The course helped me learn exactly what I wanted to learn and more. It was super hands-on, which will help me retain what I learned in the course for a long time.

    Benjamin S Shirken

    I loved the small classes that made it easy to interact with the instructor and let you tailor the course to your needs and areas of improvement.

    Brazzabelle

    I went to school at Stanford for three years and had been taught by many great professors. But I'm thoroughly convinced that my Ableton teacher in the Electronic Music Academy was the best teacher I've ever had. The way he mixes new content, exercises, and little projects is really affective, and I felt like I could do pretty much whatever I want in Ableton.

    William Huang

    A lot of knowledgable teachers that are down to earth and easy going… amazing school all round!

    Anthony C

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