The Electronic Music Producer Program
A music production and dj artist career-building course at the best music production school in San Francisco.
Are you a budding producer struggling to learn how to make electronic music and beats that knock? Are you eager to meet a like-minded group of people with similar passions that will help you grow as an artist?
Pyramind’s electronic music production does just this. For 30 years we’ve taken musicians, producers, DJs, and songwriters to an expert level arming them with the skills, connections, and guidance to build a sustainable career in music.
Evolve your sound as an artist…
In this 1-year intensive electronic music producer program, you’ll develop a vocabulary with chords, melody, sound design skills, production speed, DJ’ing skills, mixing chops and a reliable process to achieve the sonic results you’re looking for. After 1 year with us you’ll be releasing professional work and setting the standard for the future of music.
The Pyramind Difference
Expert Music Training
Today’s tools allow for amazing music production but if it were just about the tools, everyone’s music would be amazing. With the Electronic Music Producer program, you’ll evolve your sound to the highest levels - your composition, rhythm, sound design, arranging and of course, mixing will get you noticed by fans and labels alike.
World-Class Recording Studios
Pyramind’s facilities include multiple production studios and multi-workstation labs all equipped with world class equipment. You’ll be working with industry-standard software in great sounding rooms so you’ll know exactly how well your latest mix will translate to the club. There’s no experience like hearing your music in a professional studio!
A Community Of Artists
Trying to become a professional producer on your own is hard. The process is full of difficulties and moments of doubt; its easy to get lost or quit too soon. When you join a community of professionally-driven creatives who share these challenges, your artistic growth will accelerate faster than trying to learn on your own. Plus you’ll make connections and relationships that will last a lifetime!
Compact & Intensive Training
Pyramind offers courses that deliver what you want and need to learn - nothing else. The Electronic Music Producer program is perfect if you already have your degree, don’t want to be forced to take “required” courses or are looking to avoid the long-term debt of a university. You’ll save time and money by focusing on what matters most to your career.
Ableton 101 - The Live workflow, the music production process, MIDI, warping audio and recording.
Ableton 110 - Devices within Live Suite, audio FX, MIDI FX, working with racks, groups and macros.
Ableton 210 - Advanced production workflows, advanced techniques, workflow efficiency.
Mixing & Mastering
Mixing 301 (Live) - Advanced mix techniques, EQ, FX, automation, mastering.
Mixing 301 (Logic) - Advanced mix techniques, EQ, FX, automation, mastering.
Sound Design 101- Introduction to sound design, components of a synth, additive, subtractive, analog modeling, basic sampling techniques, wavetable and introduction to FM synthesis.
Sound Design 201- Complex sound design, 1st, 2nd and 3rd-order modulation, audio-as-sound design, warping, building custom sampler instruments, granular and semi-modular synthesis.
Sound Design 301- Custom, modular synthesis with Reaktor, building simple to complex synths, custom MIDI and audio routing, math blocks, CV, front-end / back-end design.
DJing & Live Performance
DJ 101- The fundamentals of DJ’ing, beat matching, gain matching, track selection, harmonic mixing.
DJ 110- Set preparation, live performance techniques, showmanship, FX, turntable DJing, Rekordbox.
DJ 210- Performing with Ableton, workflow strategies, moving sessions from studios to stages, getting paid.
Theory 101 - Notes, # and b, major and minor scales, intervals and triads, basic chord progressions.
Theory 110 - Triad extensions, circle of fifths, ear training, inversions and alternate chord choices, dominance.
Piano 101 - Note familiarity, LH / RH practice, bass and chord / chord and melody performance.
Piano 110 - Continued left hand / right hand intermediate practice, bass and chord / chord and melody techniques, melody composition and performance, song performances.
Producing & Arranging
PnA 101 - Basic music production process, the three phases of production, rhythm, harmony, melody, "the 7 color keys", "IABO" and its importance on workflow, arranging strategies, basic mix process.
PnA 110 - InDepth harmony analysis, song deconstruction, "the 7 color keys" - advanced, modes, 7th and extended chords, mode mixing, Dominance and it's substitutes, Exotic scales.
PnA 210 - Producing for Film, music editing, spotting, setting up Logic for scoring, music re-creation, trailer scoring, "themes and variations", Leitmotifs and scoring large-format productions.
Logic Pro X
Logic 101- Windows and capabilities, the Logic Workflow, MIDI and Audio recording and Editing, Arranging, Mixing.
Logic 201- The synths and devices, working with orchestral samples, spotting to picture, advanced production techniques.
Audio 101- Sound physics, terms and definitions, audio interactions, studio tour, audio workflows, connections and levels, mics and preamps, dynamics, frequencies and musical relationships.
Audio 110- Cables, connections, microphone considerations, monitors, MIDI and the computer, studio design considerations, DSP and audio effects.
Audio 201- Multi-instrument recording, drums, bass, guitars, vocals, preamp considerations, studio ettiquite and best practices, multi-track editing and mixing, headphone routing, working with talent.
MBiz 101- The independent music business, self-releases, reaching fans, finding clients and copyrights.
MBiz 110- Publishing, and licensing, licensing and rights issues for composers and producers.
MBiz 201- Establishing a unique brand, getting found on the web, strategies on getting your music licensed into TV, ads and video games.
MBiz 210- Brand awareness as a music producer, engineer, recording artist, composer, sound designer and budding entrepreneur. Career development, entrepreneurship, and business development.
Technical Training 101 - DAW questions, workflow improvements, collaborations and group learning, audio fundamentals and pre-mix concepts, sound Design tips and patch sharing, game audio technical discussions, composition feedback and creative workshop
Technical Training 201 - DAW questions, workflow improvements, collaborations and group learning, audio fundamentals and pre-mix concepts, sound Design tips and patch sharing, game audio technical discussions, composition feedback and creative workshop
Pro Tools (optional)
Pro Tools 101 - Basic Pro Tools principles, using Pro Tools from initial set up to final mix-down.
Pro Tools 110 - Pro Tools for music production, MIDI sequencing and editing, arranging and mixing.
Pro Tools 201 - Avid Pro Tools HD system workflow, session mgmt, studio configurations.
Pro Tools 210M Pro Tools HD for music production. Leads to Operator Certification.
Pro Tools 210P - Pro Tools in a post production environment. Leads to Operator Certification.
Pro Tools 310M - Advanced operation of Pro Tools for music production. Leads to Expert Certification.
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All courses in the EMP are held at our San Francisco ground campus location.
27 classes within the program for a total of 624 in-class hours.
Veterans qualify for VA benefits to be applied to tuition!
International Students welcome on an M-1 Visa. Govt. approval required both in the US and the country of origin.
11 subject tracks across 2 DAW’s (Ableton Live and Logic Pro X).
Students will produce up to 22 portfolio pieces!
All Access Studio Pass is granted FREE with enrollment. That’s 12-months of studio access to all 4 of our production suites!
Free class repeats are available for all classes (except the Mixing and Mastering class).
Payment plans are available to qualified students with low monthly interest up to 2-years.
Discounts on gear are available through our partnerships with Ableton, Mixed in Key and Sweetwater Sound!
Tuition - $20,995
click on the questions below for more info
When do programs begin?
The Electronic Music Producer program (The EMP) has three enrollment cycles a year beggining in January, May and September!
What tools do I need before joining the course?
We recommend you already have the tools (computer, keyboard, headphones, DAW etc). As a student in a full time ground campus program, we provide AKG K702 headphones, solid state external hard drives and all relevant books. All other software and hardware purchasess can be purchased at a discount from Sweetwater and all manufacturers that offer EDU pricing!
Do you offer payment plans ?
Pyramind offers payment plans for all of our full-time programs, custom programs above $10,000 to qualified applicants. Payment plans run at a reasonable interest rate and require a downpayment. Plans can be 1 or 2 years long.
Because Pyramind holds the debt for payment plans, we’re able to work with each student to find a financing option which works for him or her.
Will I earn a degree upon graduation?
Pyramind is a private vocational training school and not a University. This is a choice that allows us to keep our tuition costs down, hire instructors with a wider variety of relevant backgrounds, and keep our curriculum up-to-date. The Music and Audio Industry by and large is not an industry that values degrees.More important than any degree or certification is the portfolio you create while in school which represents yourself once out in the real world.
Do you provide housing for students?
This web page lists some of the options our students use to find housing.
How many days a week are classes run?
As a student in the Electronic Music Producer Program you would be considered a 'full tinme' student. Expect to have anywhere from 2 to 6 hours of class daily and roughly 18 hours per week on average.
Will I be able to release / get signed after this?
We have many label relationships and are constantly connecting students with opportunities. This program will certainly get your music up to the professional level—IF you put in the work yourself. If the work is good, getting signed is definitely a possibility. Many of our students get signed while still in school!
What if I need to take a break from the program?
Students have the right to take a Leave (4 months) due to family emergency, personal health concerns or financial hardship. Students returning from LOA will be re-enrolled into the program at the beginning of the Block of classes they were enrolled in during the Leave request.
I'm an Internatinal sudent, can I enroll in the EMP?
Pyramind can issue an I-20 that will allow you to obtain an M-1 visa for 12 months. Only full-time programs qualify for student visas. You can find out more about requiremnts and procedure for International students here.
If I fall behind, can I repeat classes?
Yes! As a student in a full tiume program you are eligible for a free repeat of any class, excluding Mixing and Mastering 301. After retaking, a student may take the class again for a third time, at 1/3 the original cost of the course.
Can I add courses to my program?
Absolutely! All of our Ground Campus programs can be customized to add classes. Most students in the Electronic Music Producer program opt to add in Pro Tools classes as its the 'industry standard' for professional studio work.
Can I place out of classes if I’m already familiar with the material?
Yes! You can place out of some classes that are early in the program if you can demonstrate existing proficiency with the material. Frankly, most people think they know more than they do and often they fail the demonstration BUT if you truly are beyond the material, we can consider the course "passed" and deduct it from the tuition!