Electronic music has always had a huge following in the UK. Whether it’s drum & bass, jungle, garage, EDM, grime, or hip-hop, the list of electronic music’s subgenres are seemingly endless. Nowadays it’s easier than ever to produce quality electronic music from the comfort of your own home. There are plenty of great software options available, and the best way to get the hang of these often complicated programs is to enrol in a course. You’ll grasp the basic concepts of electronic music production and be able to start composing your own tracks with more confidence.
In this article we will explore various options for learning about electronic music production in the UK, and some of the best courses.
Read about music education
It’s worth noting that while most music production courses in the UK involve practical assessments, a few might require some theoretical concepts. A great way to learn about them is to read information on Writix, which a trusted resource for students. Reading will help you expand your knowledge and will give you a greater understanding of the concepts you might need to write about in your papers. There are also a ton of great books out there to help you improve your electronic music production skills, here are our favourite.
Best books on electronic music production
- Mixing with your mind, Micheal Paul
- Dance music manual, Rick Snowman
- Mixing secrets for the small studio, Mike Senior
- Music theory for computer musicians, Micheal Hewitt
- How music works, David Byrne
Electronic music production BA (Hons)
This course was designed to help people looking for careers in the music industry as electronic music producers, remixers, programmers, writers or DJs It covers all the major digital workstations, synthesisers, sampling and music industry specific knowledge like copyright laws and record contracts. Classes are run by lecturers with extensive industry knowledge, who are usually still actively working in the music industry.
Throughout the course students will develop their own professional portfolios while collaborating with other students in order to develop a network of industry contacts.
Course schedule: Full-time
Course length: Three years
Campuses: Cardiff and Vale College, BIMM Institute, University of West London, A.R.U Cambridge
Qualification: BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production
Admissions requirements: 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR a BTEC Level 3 or equivalent, and usually three GCSEs at grade C/4 and above, including English.
- £9,250 Domestic students commencing 2022/23 (full-time, per year)
- £14,300 International students commencing 2022/23 (full-time, per year)
School of electronic music, Manchester
Manchester’s School of electronic music (SEM) has been offering education on music production, DJing, music performance, and audio engineering since 1996. They offer a range of different study options from weekend taster courses, online courses or more in-depth professional courses up to BA level. Students are encouraged to use the college’s state-of-the-art facilities to collaborate with other musicians and according to the website, they offer more access to their facilities than any other institution in the UK.
The courses are run by industry veterans who are passionate about what they do. Find out more about SEM here.
Course length: Ranges from 1 day (Short courses) to 3 years (BA)
Campus: Manchester, UK
Qualifications: Short courses, Online courses, Professional certificates and BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production
Admissions requirements: No requirements for online/short courses. A foundation course pathway is offered for the BA for those who don’t have GCSEs
Fees: BA (Hons) Electronic Music production — £9250 per year (Full-time, 3 years)
Masterclass is a paid online platform where famous professionals offer courses from subjects as diverse as filmmaking with Martin Scorsese, cooking with Gordon Ramsay or drumming with Ringo Starr. For those interested in electronic music, the following courses are available through masterclass.
Armin van Buurin teaches dance music – Learn from one of dance music’s modern icons. Discover how Armin uses production techniques, plug-ins and how he approaches the mixing/songwriting process.
Deadmau5 teaches electronic music production – A course specifically on electronic music production from one of the best in the world. Covers melodies, chords, beat creation, sound design and more.
Hans Zimmer teaches film scoring – One of Hollywood’s most successful composers, known for his unique approach to incorporating electronic music with traditional orchestration. Covers creating synths, understanding tempo and much more.
Fees: $180 (USD) per year for full access to all courses
Course length: Self paced
Electronic music in the UK is booming. Whether you’re just curious or looking for a fully fledged career in the music industry, The UK offers a great range of different options from free online courses to a BA in electronic music production.
James Collins is a blog writer, DJ and music producer. His articles have been published in many major outlets including online and in print.