Pop Music Production

Pop Music Production Course

You can use a DAW, you write songs, you have an understanding of musicality, and if now you want to put it all together and make a good enough quality demo to impress, this Pop Music Production course is for you. Jam-packed full of contemporary record production tips and techniques you will not find anywhere else in class sizes of no more than six. You will learn how to turn your song idea into a record, gaining the skill and knowledge you need to put together your own quality commercial (pop, rock, urban, uptempo and commercial dance) backing track. From making master quality beats, bass-lines, strings, vocal & song arranging, getting the right sounds, FX, and putting it all together to make your track sound as one.

Total class time is 36 hours where you can ask a question and bounce off of your instructor and fellow learners exactly when you’re feeling inspired, or…confused! This is why some say that there is no substitute for music production courses in person.

Many learners these days like to use their own laptops on our courses, so we have made space in our studios for people who wish to do just that, and altered the price structure keeping the course fee low, but introducing a supplement of $75 for those learners who wish to use a school iMac loaded with all the software you need. We have many more spaces than we have iMacs so please ensure you book your iMac if you need one as the course fee is non-refundable if you turn up with no workstation to work on. Controller keyboards, headphones and audio interfaces are always provided for everyone. Your hardware and software must be up to date and fit for purpose. Please call if you’re unsure as we won’t be able to hold up the class with any hardware or software issues in session time.


Beats & Pieces

  • Beat building foundation tips. What to do first.
  • All about tempo
  • Rules for popular genres – ballads, pop, rock, folk, singer/songwriter, urban, uptempo and commercial dance
  • Which sounds to choose and building up your own library
  • Percussion
  • All about shuffle, groove and quantise
  • Using loops subtly to fill space, and when not to use loops
  • Getting your elements to work as one
  • Beefing up your beats to make them sound professional

Chords & Keys

  • Beginners or recap on chord programming
  • Tried and tested progressions
  • Keep it simple if you want to be cool
  • Musical shortcuts – transpose and chord memorizers
  • How progressions differ in genres – ballads, pop, rock, folk, singer/songwriter urban, uptempo and commercial dance
  • Tension and release
  • Outro choruses key changes

Bass-lines & Guitars

  • Following root and interval tips
  • Alternative tuning and open strings
  • Which bass sounds to use and programming up your own from scratch
  • Bass guidelines for ballads, pop, rock, folk, singer/songwriter, urban, uptempo and differences in commercial dance subgenres – House, Trance, Dubstep and Garage
  • Programming typical acoustic and electric guitar parts
  • Convincing voicing in guitar parts

Choosing the Right Instruments & Sounds

  • Creating your palette of sounds
  • Filling the frequency spectrum
  • Getting the right instruments for your genre
  • Bending the rules to stand out from the crowd
  • Timing and quantize in your instruments to fit your drums
  • Placing and shaping your sounds in your mix using filters and panning

Instrumentation & String Arranging

  • Programming parts that would work if they were live instruments
  • Call and response
  • All about string arranging and string lines
  • Using pre-programmed MIDI files and MIDI scripts
  • Piano, Rhodes and pads
  • Instrument hooks
  • Getting all your parts to work as one

Vocals & Arranging

  • Lead vocal tracking tips
  • Background vocals – roots, harmonies, bringing out your chorus and adding dynamics to your arrangement with vocals
  • Arranging for ballads, pop (includes commercial dance), rock, folk, singer/songwriter, urban and uptempo
  • Tips on writing bridge
  • Using production instead of music to create light and shade in your arrangement
  • How to begin and how to end your songs (intros and outros)
  • Dealing with uncomfortable chord changes with production

If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message or call (424) 653 6481. To go ahead and book, you can use the ‘BOOK NOW’ buttons, and we’ll look forward to seeing you soon!


This intermediate course is designed for people who use any DAW

2017 | $999

Sundays | 11 – 6

June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Summer School | 11 – 6

August 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

Wednesday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13


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This Pop Music Production course will get your production skills up to a level that will to impress in the A&R meetings. Lessons in Los Angeles on Melrose
7600 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California