Electronic Music Academy

Electronic Music Academy | Los Angeles

Learn to produce the quality electronic music you love from scratch in small classes on Garnish Music Production’s Electronic Music Academy program, supported by Ableton, Native Instruments, and Apple. We begin by familiarizing students with their music production software and take them through to mastering their EP. In this program at our boutique facility, with hard work, students reach their potential with help from our superior roster of instructors, including certified trainers and Grammy-winners, who love to share their knowledge, experience, and techniques.

With projects to work on outside of class time, in and out of our studios, and our strategically placed mentoring sessions, students write, produce, engineer, mix, master, and learn how to release and promote their very own EP. All academy learners can book our professional acoustically treated mixing and mastering facility at no extra cost, during, and even after their program, and will have access to our worldwide network of alumni.

Garnish was the first music production school in the world to offer the Music Grades System for music production, and all Comprehensive 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.

Sketches and Ideas in Ableton

Students will get to grips with this revolutionary DAW within weeks of starting class. Through our hands-on instruction, students will discover the key concepts that Ableton Live offers, and discover why it is the DAW of choice for getting ideas together for electronic music producers. All GMP learners qualify for a 40% discount on Ableton.

Electronic Music Composition

Overlooked by many, but so useful in the long run, our electronic music composition section will save students hours of hitting and hoping! We will provide you with tools that show which chords go well together for your style and show you how to program chords that work, bass lines that groove, and lead lines that are catchy. A Grammy Award-winning musician from our SMP program will also offer insight on commercial music.

Audio Engineering

The EMP course teaches students the science of audio engineering and recording. The course is full of recording techniques, tips, and tricks, with special emphasis placed on recording and producing vocals. Even if we don’t sing ourselves, we still need to be able to encourage, coach, and produce artists and session vocalists. The more we know about singing, vocal production, and recording vocals, the better the main part of our song – the lead vocal – is going to sound! Of course, even though we cover vocal technique, actual singing in class is not mandatory – it is OK just to listen!

Logic Pro X

Many electronic music producers use Logic Pro X in the later stages of their production process because of the sound quality and its suitability for finishing (arranging and mixing) tracks compared to Ableton. This is why we think it’s useful to learn how to use Logic Pro X in addition to Ableton. As the only Apple Authorized Training Center in Los Angeles, we put students through official training and an examination to become an Apple Certified Pro in Logic Pro X, so they walk away with another qualification at the end of their program. Students choose when they take this class from our production course schedule, and can take it during, or after they are finished with their Academy program.

“I switched to Ableton from Logic many years ago, but after some A/Bing in my studio recently, I could hear that Logic sounded better than Ableton so I decided I needed to brush up in Logic to get the best of both worlds. I called Garnish who are best known in the industry and, of course the guys were great and got me back up to speed in no time” Jamie Jones

Mixing & Mastering

Our Grammy-winning mix engineer shows students how to acoustically treat their home studio, or even set them off on an acoustician path. Then it’s on to in-depth EQ, filling the frequency spectrum, dynamic controllers, mixing vocals, generating a huge sound from few elements, and making all their parts sound as one, exploring all the amazing plugins used by the very best mix engineers.

Electronic Sound Design

Many professional electronic music producers never move beyond subtractive synthesis in their entire careers, but in our program, we will cover subtractive, wavetable, granular, additive, and frequency modulated synthesis. We will also discuss sampling, resampling, glitch, and more advanced beat-making techniques in this section, as students develop their sound.

Advanced Ableton & Synthesis

By this point in the program, students will have gone deeper than many professional producers with their sound design skills. We take it even further by introducing students to additive, wavetable, and Max4Live devices. We will also cover advanced sampling, advanced warping, and Racks & Chains. At the end of the module, students will learn how to apply their skills to music for media (film and TV).

Live Performance

In the Live Performance section of this course, instruction will focus on finishing students’ projects, offering bespoke advice in a concentrated blast of mentoring sessions, and on introducing Ableton Live for performance using Push 2. If students are capable DJs, who play music we can incorporate into our club night, we will invite them to join our DJ graduates to play at our club night, without having to take our DJ program if they’re experienced enough.

Marketing & Branding

To finish off the program, students will learn how to create an effective electronic press kit (EPK), market and brand themselves, acquire genuine social media followers, and get the most out of digital distribution.

Field Trips

Students will enjoy hands-on training recording a band at Clear Lake Recording Studios. Students may find one of the studio’s many notable clients working in the room next door! We also make use of a pre-production studio, where students can experiment and program in a room full of vintage analog synths and processors to find some real analog sounds for their tracks.


Over 430 hours of tuition and uncapped studio time | $7999 + $300 registration fee | Payments & plans

Six Months (Two Ten-Week Terms) | Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | 11.30a – 6.30p

Term 1: January 28 | Term 2: April 22

Academic Year | Three 10-week terms | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 11.30a – 6.30p

Term 1: 3rd Tues. of September; Term 2: 2nd Tues. of January; Term 3: Last Tues. of April

Two Year Weekend | Six 10-week terms | Saturdays | 11.30a – 6.30p

Term 1 & 4: 3rd Sat. of September; Term 2 & 5: 2nd Sat. of January; Term 3 & 6: Last Sat. of April (x2)

Bespoke private tuition is also available for the whole program. Contact us for more information.

Free this year: optional Hit Songwriting classes and mentoring from our Songwriting Music Academy.

If you have any questions, do send us an email or call our Academy admissions specialist on (424) 653 6481. Then when you’re ready, please apply using the button below.

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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.


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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