The unparalleled changes in digital recording technologies are revolutionizing how independent producers are creating and recording music. Our Electronic Music Production program offers students extensive insight and the theoretical audio concepts and practical skills necessary to create their art using the latest digital recording technologies available. Whether it’s making beats, composing music for multi-media applications or creating remixes, this program is designed to prepare students for a multitude of career options in the ever-evolving global music industry.

One Year Diploma
Classes Start: September

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  • Graduates earn a Diploma in Electronic Music Production.
  • Full-time, one year program strategically designed to get you thoroughly trained in all aspects of electronic music production styles and techniques.
  • Intensive practical experience in the artistic styles used to create music in the digital domain with a focus on electronic dance music and hip hop.
  • Extensive study and practical hands-on experience in the areas of digital recording technologies, acoustic principles, digital music production techniques, MIDI and audio signal processing applications.
  • Prepare for career opportunities in writing, editing, recording and mixing music.
  • Incredible opportunities to network and collaborate with students in other Metalworks Institute programs.
  • Students will utilize industry standard software such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, Reason, Pro Tools and Komplete including Massive, Razor, Reactor, Form, Kontour, Evolve and Damage.
  • Our exclusive educational partnership with Metalworks Studios provides students with unprecedented learning environments and networking opportunities.
  • All of our full-time diploma programs are approved vocational programs under the Private Career Colleges Act 2005.
  • Electronic Music Production Techniques
  • Music Software & Digital Workstation Technologies
  • Digital Mixing Techniques
  • Audio Post-Production for Film and Television
  • MIDI and Synthesis Applications for Electronic Music
  • Acoustic Principles
  • Music Theory & Applications
  • Musical Styles & Genres
  • Critical Listening
  • Digital Audio
  • Digital Signal Processing Techniques for Electronic Music
  • Music Business
  • Applicants must have an OSSD or equivalent.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.
  • Acceptance to the program is limited and subject to an academic assessment and acceptance interview.
  • It is also expected that applicants demonstrate keen interest in electronic music styles and possess creative aptitude and excellent computer literacy.
  • A guide to the application process can be found here.
  • 1 Year Full-Time Program
  • 1020 Hours of Instruction
  • Typical class hours range between 20-24 hours per week
  • 12-14 additional study hours per week are highly recommended

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Courses: Electronic Music Production
What is the business of entertainment? What is the relationship between creating music and art, and earning money from that art? What are the elements that make up this industry, and how do they connect and intersect to create the vast array of entertainment content that we watch, hear and see? During this course, students will be introduced to the music, broadcast, motion picture, game and live event industries and their various subsidiaries. Students will examine the nature of intellectual property and copyright, discuss the often conflicting relationship between art and commerce, and examine the relationship between content creators and consumers.
Who and what are the key stakeholders in the business of music? Who are the important behind-the-scenes figures that connect the songwriters and artists to their audience? This course will offer a detailed overview of the music industry’s infrastructure, and the roles of those vital companies, organizations and individuals that are the backbone of this business. Students will be introduced to the various types of managers, including personal, business, and tour managers; the roles of talent agents and booking agencies; record companies and their artist & repertoire and artist development representatives; publishers and music publishing companies; promoters, presenters and event planners; music supervisors for film & television; studio managers and session contractors; music producers, and content creators for internet and video games; and unions and performing rights organizations.
The ability to focus on subtle differences in sound is an essential skill of a music producer. This course will introduce students to the techniques used by producers to develop their own critical listening skills. Students will utilize weekly in-class exercises, and comparative analysis of different styles of mixing to help identify the sonic features which can positively or negatively impact a final audio mix.
In this course, students will experience various in-class projects and exercises designed to develop their skills and techniques in mixing music via a Digital Audio Workstation. Students will gain hands-on knowledge of the numerous stages in the mixing process, including equalization, panning, dynamic processing, effects processing, and automation techniques, and understanding all from the perspective of the artist, and the producer.
The Digital Production Techniques Workshop introduces students to the practical skills of recording and editing music using digital applications, and builds on knowledge gained in the Digital Technologies course. Students will hone and develop their recording skills using digital technologies, and will undertake a comprehensive exploration of Pro Tools, and the techniques involved in recording and editing music on a Digital Audio Workstation.
In this workshop course, students will be offered hands-on instruction involving audio signal processing devices used in live sound reinforcement. Students will explore various processing techniques, using effects and dynamic processors, such as equalization, compressors, expanders, gates, reverbs, and delays.
In this course, students are presented with a core understanding of sound and recording in today’s digital environment. Students are introduced to digital audio basics, hardware, software, and interfaces, through a combination of class lectures, and in-class exercises and demonstrations.
The MIDI & Synthesis workshop will build upon the theoretical and creative principles of synthesizers, synthesis and MIDI protocol gained through the MIDI and Synthesis course. Students are introduced to the use of synthesizers, and the creative application of keyboards, hardware and software as they apply to songwriting and producing music.
In this course, students will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of synthesizers, synthesis and the MIDI protocol. Students will learn the history of MIDI and synthesizers, understand the terminology associated with both, and understand the practical applications of keyboards, synthesizers, and MIDI hardware and software.
In our Music for Media course, students will be introduced to the techniques used by composers to create original music for visual media, such as films, television programs, or video games. Students will be presented with the terms and terminology used by score composers, and be introduced to some of the key composers and compositions in the film, television and video game worlds.
What is the role of the music producer? What does a music producer really do? This course will delve into the technical, creative and business responsibilities of record producers. Students will discuss the importance of communication in the studio, and examine the various creative, business and management responsibilities of the producer. This course will also provide students with a primer on today’s top music producers, and a discussion of the changing role of the producer throughout modern music history.
The music theory course will provide a broad overview of the basic and advanced elements of music theory and composition. Students are introduced to music notation, structure, terms and symbols, chord structures and scales, and will use and apply that knowledge through practical exercises to compose music. Students will also learn the key concepts of harmony and arranging, and apply those concepts to their own songs and compositions via practical exercises.
The Musical Styles & Genres course will offer students an overview of the key figures, moments and movements over the past century that impacted our culture. Along with music, this course will also introduce students to the evolution of art, literature, film, television, and other outlets for our culture, explore the connection between the various media styles and genres, and discuss how the past has informed the present, and future, of art, music and culture.
In this course, students will learn how sound works, why we hear what we hear, and how our ears receive and conceive sounds. This exploration of sound will involve a basic overview of physics, allowing students to understand the important principles of acoustics, wave propagation, and auditory perception.
Our Audio Post Production course will introduce students to the basic principles behind the use of sound in motion pictures, television, video games, and other visual entertainment media. Students will explore the history of sound in movies, and learn the primary terms and concepts in the field of post-production. This course will also introduce students to the skills utilized by the key personnel in the post-production world, such as sound designers, sound editors, dialogue editors, sound effects editors, music editors, and re-recording mixers.
In this course, students will experience the fundamentals of recording, and come to understand the important theoretical, technical, creative and artistic principles of sound. Students will explore the use of microphones, the fundamentals of recording studio equipment, the use of consoles, and the proper protocols and etiquette required in the studio. Students will also learn of microphone placement, signal paths, and the varying studio environments, both live and broadcast. By the end of this course, students should have the requisite skills and knowledge to regard themselves as professional recording engineers.

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