Free Short Courses

Find out more about the short courses available in the upcoming semester at our Scotland centres. Our short courses focus on sound production, music business, hip-hop and rap and much, much more. This semester all short courses have been adapted for Online delivery rather than in-centre. For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

  • Edinburgh – edinburgh@academyofmusic.ac.uk
  • Glasgow – glasgow@academyofmusic.ac.uk

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Songwriting

Improving songwriting technique and lyrical writing. Work on melodies and chord progressions. Perform your original material in front of peers in a final performance, network and collaborate.

Women in Music

Gain knowledge, practical awareness, and confidence to create opportunities within the music industry. Meet like-minded women, tailor your CV, and gain priceless interview skills.

Hip Hop and Rap

Brand new course, led and curated by award-winning Scottish hip-hop artist Steg G. Make your own songs, lyrics, and exploring various production methods around beat making.

Course Details

Sound Production Workshop

This free, taught, online program explores the fundamentals of recording theory and best practice through streamed group classes and individual 1-1 lessons with experienced industry professionals. Classes are focused on exploring the dynamic range of recorded material and equalisation techniques applied to various genres and styles. Towards the end of the course, we also explore employability within the creative industries and various opportunities while working towards a professional portfolio.

Weekday Course Dates (2021)

  • Monday 8th March – Friday 19th March (10 day course, 2-weeks)
  • Monday 22nd March – Friday 2nd April (10 day course, 2-weeks)
  • Monday 5th April – Friday 16th April (10 day course, 2-weeks)

 

Weekend Course Dates (2021)

  • Saturday 6th March-11th April (6 Saturdays and 6 Sundays)*
  • Sunday 14th March – 18th April (6 Sundays only)
  • Saturday 17th April – 23rd May (6 Saturdays and 6 Sundays)*

*This course will run over 6 weekends, with classes on Saturday and Sunday. Times will vary depending on your choice of audio software (Logic Pro X or Reaper)

 

Rap and Hip Hop, Songwriting / Beat Making Workshop

A new addition to our programme, our Hip Hop, Rap & Beat-making workshop includes sessions on making your very own songs, lyrics, and exploring various production methods around beat making. This free course provides an introduction to the essentials delivered and has been curated by award-winning Scottish Hip Hop artist, Steg G.

By the end of the course, attendees will feel confident with your lyric writing, song structure, production skills, music theory basics, and music production techniques with access to industry-standard music production equipment and software. This program is open to anyone currently living in Scotland.

Weekday Course Dates (2021)

  • Monday 5th April – Friday 9th April (1-week)

Weekend Course Dates (2021)

  • Saturday 13th March – 17th April (6 Saturdays)

 

WiLMS Songwriting Workshop

These creative classes focus on improving your songwriting techniques, lyrical writing techniques, and also help with improving melodies and chord progressions. You will have to perform your original material in front of other peers which leads up to a final performance towards the end of the course.

Weekend Course Dates (2021)

  • Saturday 10th April – 15th May (6 Saturdays) – FULL (Apply to join waiting list)

 

Women in Music, Empowerment and Employability

Our Women in Music: Empowerment and Employability Course is designed to give you the knowledge, practical awareness, and confidence to create your own opportunity’s in life and within the music industry. We want to help you feel confident and use your voice where “Girls should be seen not heard” is still a dominant mentality. Join us and meet like-minded women, tailor your CV, and gain priceless interview skills.

Weekend Course Dates (2021)

  • DATES TBC

 

 

Digital Synthesis and Sampling

Our Digital Synthesis and Sampling Short Course offer you the chance to learn how to program and use an Axolotisynthesizer. On completion of our free course, you will even get to keep your synthesizer! Our program has been developed in-house using Working in the Live Music Sector framework.

Weekday Course Dates (2021)

  • DATES TBC
  • Level:
  • Length: Various
  • Fees: FREE
  • Study Locations: Edinburgh • Glasgow
How To Apply

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