“The Production and Arrangement class was one of the most fun class experiences I’ve ever had - the instructor is super knowledgeable as well. I had such a great time and made so many good friends while at Pyramind."
– Johnny Hwin // "Cathedrals" producer and serial entrepreneur
This class is a “first tour” through the processes of Producing music. There are as many ways to produce music as there are people doing it, but some methods yield more consistently good results than others. This class will show you best practices in music production and will involve lots of in-class, hands-on activity. We’ll be integrating the concepts learned in the other classes into a cohesive Workflow. Students will build ideas from day 1 towards a completed track in the style of their choosing.
The “3 stages of production”.
Integration of Harmony and Rhythm to create powerful beats
Melody writing (basic) and its integration to the Beat
Arranging styles and “the emotional arc”.
The “6 stages of mixing” (introduction).
The Triple Trinity and why it works across every track.
The “4-Leveled” Approach to Rhythm.
The “7-color keys” of harmony.
The role of the producer and it’s history.
This classes cover the concepts every producer needs to create finished, professional works in their desired style based on proven techniques and across multiple genres. Much like a songwriting workshop but also taking advantage of the best technology has to offer, students are responsible for creating finished pieces of original music in the style of their choosing. Various work flow and production philosophies, approaches and techniques are covered.
InDepth analysis of harmonic modes.
Speed writing using chord progressions.
The impact of melody on modal analysis.
Exotic scales, harmonic switching with Dominance and chord substitutions.
The “Holy Trinity” of Music.
Anatomy of a song - popular title deconstruction.
Integration of influences into a piece of music.
Creating “Sound-alikes”, “Covers” and “Style-Matches”
Integrated production techniques vs. Separated production techniques.
PnA 210 - Producing to Picture
P&A 210 is an extension of the PnA 110 class. In this class, students watch and listen to various scores of music set to film, games and TV, and analyze the use of music against picture. Using this analysis, students produce their own works to picture – learning the details of scoring to picture as well as creating various character or situational themes and producing variations of those themes.
The “Holy Trinity” of Music.
Working with style guides from the client.
Creating and manipulating various melodic themes to fit scenes in a larger work.
Determining the proper mode and mood for the scene.
Recognizing the need for music against picture.
Timing of music against scenes and hit points.
How to choose a style of music to fit the scene.
Working with re-scoring of trailers and short-format picture.
Next Start Date - January 7th, 2019
Meet your PnA Instructors!
Underbelly - PnA 101, 110
…”Sup ya'll. My name is Underbelly and I like to teach people how to make beats over the internet in a way that doesn't put you to sleep. I started doing music when my parents forced me to take classical piano at the age of 7. To rebel against them I began producing electronic music when I was 14 and teaching online when I was 17. My YouTube channel, You Suck at Producing, now has over 36,000 subscribers. I've had my tutorials and original productions featured in publications such as DJ Tech Tools, Earmilk, NEST HQ, and more. I've also toured internationally with a viral flute sensation (!) and supported artists such as Lido, The Gaslamp Killer, Keys N Krates, Sango, and Giraffage”.
Ryan Rey - PnA 210
Ryan Rey is a composer, guitarist, and teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes music for chamber ensembles, symphonic band, orchestra, rock groups, videogames, ringtones, and film.
At the age of 5, Ryan’s first instrument was a bright orange and neon green plastic toy guitar and his first recording setup was a Playschool cassette player with microphone combo. Using this toy tape recorder, he captured the sound of his screaming voice and feedback noises. This was his first exploration into composition. Nowadays, classical chamber music, electronic loops, heavy metal, and a mix of other genres influence his music.
Additional Information about building Custom Programs
All courses in the Complete are held at our San Francisco ground campus location.
Custom program students can choose from ANY of our existing individual classes based on need and satisfying all prerequisites.
Veterans and International students must choose from one of our approved Full Time programs and cannot build custom programs.
13 subject tracks across 3 DAW’s (Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X).
Payment plans are available to qualified students with low monthly interest up to 2-years based on the size of a custom program.
Discounts on gear are available through our partnerships with Ableton, Mixed in Key and Sweetwater Sound!
All Access Studio Pass is granted FREE with enrollment of a custom program over $10,000 in tuition.
Tuition - variable based on the choice of classes in the Custom Program.