Songwriting Music Producer | SMP

Learn from the ground up how to produce and write the commercial songs you hear in the Billboard chart every day. Have the knowledge and skills from many styles in your locker to stand out from the crowd in your genre. You will benefit by learning professional techniques from the world’s best music production instructors.

Garnish students can opt in to take a UK-accredited ‘Level 3 Diploma’, without any official prerequisites or high school grades. Also, Garnish was the first music production school in the UK to offer the Music Grades system for music production, and all music production diploma learners, worldwide are entered for the Grade 8 examination at the end of their program as well. More on music production grades on our London website here. Both qualifications carry UCAS points, but even 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. Please note that both qualifications are not recognized by the United States education system.

With projects to work on outside of class time, in and out of our studios, and our strategically placed mentoring sessions; you will write, produce, engineer, mix, master, and learn how to release and promote your very own EP. All diploma learners can book our professional acoustically treated mixing & mastering facility to get a professional, polished sound combining vintage valve outboard equipment, and the very latest software and monitoring.

Ableton Live 9

Many top-line songwriters swear by Ableton for its ‘on-the-fly’ flexibility, which can make writing melodies fun, creative and flexible, where other DAWs are limiting. This is why we start you off with Ableton, and as a certified training center, with certified trainers, it’s safe to say that you will be in good hands, and all Garnish learners worldwide qualify for a 40% discount.


Music Foundation & Composition

Full of contemporary record production tips and techniques and knowledge you need to put together your own commercial (pop, rock, urban, singer/songwriter and commercial dance) backing track fit for A&R meetings and production music houses. From programming bass-lines, strings, basic synthesis, sculpting organic sounds, vocal & song arranging, getting the right sounds, and putting it all together to make your track sound as one and ready for a master mix.

Hit Top-Line Songwriting

Have you ever wondered why the songs that you write are good but don’t quite sound like hits? Have you read all the songwriting books on Amazon and watched all the tutorials on Youtube without them actually making any real difference? This top-line songwriting module tells you what other sources either don’t know or don’t want to give away the concepts shared here are designed to finally bring the hit songwriter out in you!

Logic Pro X

By the end of this module, you’ll be zipping around Logic Pro X like a pro, getting to grips with advanced features like Flexpitch, MIDI FX, chopping up loops and making them your own in the EXS24 alongside learning all about all the fabulous built-in sounds and FX now included with this fully comprehensive digital audio workstation. Many contemporary producers use Logic Pro X for the ‘sound’, so we teach you both.

Sound Engineering & Producing Vocals

In our Sound Engineering module, you will master the art of recording common instruments including guitar, bass, piano and synths. Yes, there is an art to recording synths! The vocal production section is not particularly aimed at singers, but at songwriters and producers. Because even if we don’t sing ourselves, we still need to be able to encourage, coach and produce artists and session vocalists, and 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 to just listen!

Synthesis & Sound Design

Many pro music producers do not get past subtractive synthesis in their entire career, but you will cover subtractive, wavetable, granular, additive and frequency modulated synthesis all using Logic Pro X’s built-in arsenal of synths. They’ll also be sampling, resampling, glitch, and more advanced beat-making techniques in this section as you develop your sound.

Mixing & Mastering

First, we step out of what you would learn as a professional engineer by covering acoustics and how to set up your home studio environment correctly. Then it’s on to the fun stuff:  in-depth EQ, filling the frequency spectrum, dynamic controllers, mixing vocals, how to make just a few elements sound huge, and making all your parts sound as one exploring all the new amazing plugins in the latest Native Instruments Komplete bundle.

Music Producer

This module explores the roles of the music producer and brings together the many individual components, skills and concepts from all of the stages, from pre-production to completion and delivery of the final version. We focus on concepts such as creating emotion through sound and performance, visualizing and defining the direction of the production and achieving your production goal. By understanding the essential concepts of music production, the arrangement of both musical notes and the ‘sonic field’. You learn how to make your band or solo artist (this could be yourself) both unique and compelling to get the very best out of your act.

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Full accredited diploma – $7999 + $300 registration fee | Payment plans

Academic year | Three 10-week terms | Mon & Tue | 11 – 6

Start: 3rd Mon of September, 2: 2nd Mon of January, 3: Last Mon of April

Evenings | Six 10-week terms | Mon & Tues | 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Start: Third Mon of September | 2: Second Mon of January | 3: Last Weds of April (x 2)

15 weeks continuous | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 – 6

Start: March 19, 2018

Free for 2017: optional Hit Songwriting classes and mentoring from our SMP diploma

If you have any questions, do send us an email or call our diploma admissions specialist (347) 746-4604. Then when you’re ready to move to the next step, please register below.