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Looking to level up your production skills? We’ve rounded up 9 of the best music production schools you can enroll in. Get certified with a professional qualification from these academies

Music production can be an unusual subject to learn. After all, it can refer to a number of skills from studio engineering to mixing to sound design

There isn’t one single way to ‘learn’ music production or become a music producer, with many successful producers having started out by sweeping the floor of their local recording studio, whilst others followed a more academic process and gaining a formal qualification in music production before beginning their career

**Admittedly there is no best music production school either** – each will offer its own pros and cons

Nowadays, thanks to the internet, a lot of techniques can be learned online through countless web communities of producers from novices through to experts

However, the benefit of attending a music production school is that it gives up and coming producers hands-on experience with the opportunity to ask questions and make mistakes without being in a working situation

Not only that but production schools can be great for forming contacts and honing your skills under the direction of established tutors and mentors

If you’re thinking of pursuing production as a qualification its worth doing a bit of research into the industry itself

**A qualification in music production won’t instantly gain you a job at a top recording studio it’s very much about gaining contacts and making the most of your time in education. This is something that is much easier to do in person than online, however you will find many of these institutions offer online courses as well

But, if you work hard at your craft, then studying music production can be immensely rewarding and set you on an exciting career path

If you’re wondering where to start, we’ve put together a list of the 11 best music production schools

== 11 Best Music Production Schools (2021) ==
BIMM Institute opens the doors to the music industry. They encourage creative freedom, provide real-world industry experiences and build a community across our eight colleges in the UK, Ireland, and Germany

BIMM (or the British and Irish Modern Music Institute) is one of the

**largest music production schools in Europe It boasts 8 sites, all of which offer top recording and production facilities to take advantage of as a music student

Beginning in 1983 as Drumtech (a drum teaching center) the organization has since grown to become one of the most attractive options for those wanting to study in Europe

BIMM offers several courses outside of production meaning as a producer you’ll get a chance to network (and record) with like-minded musicians

Not only that but you’ll have the opportunity to join masterclasses from key players in the music industry. Music producers are invited to attend any of these, even if they aren’t related to production. This can be an invaluable opportunity for you to expand your horizons and step out of your comfort zone

Courses available are:
BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production BA (Hons) Music and Sound Production
Also available are:
BMus (Hons) Songwriting BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Keyboards) BA (Hons) Music Business BA (Hons) Event Management BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communication
**Best For**
Networking – students have the opportunity to split courses across any BIMM site meaning you could begin your qualification doing music production in Bristol and finish it in Berlin

For more information on the tuition team, courses, and acceptance rate head to BIMM’s website

 ICON Collective 
ICON Collective is an L.A. based music production school that also offers vocal and music business courses

ICON is one of the best music production schools for its focus on individualized support from its teachers, coaches, and staff averaging 20-40 hours one to one which surpasses other courses that usually offer around 16 hours

ICON offers a number of music production programs from introductory two-month courses of 12 hours per week up to 18-month courses of 30 hours a week, meaning there is a course to suit all music producers whether you want to be a full-time student or just grasp the basics

Courses available are:
Music Production Intro Course (12 Hours Per Week/3 Months) Music Production Program (12 Hours Per Week/18 Months) Flagship Music Production Program (30 Hours Per Week/12 Months) Advance Music Production Program (30 Hours Per Week/18 Months)
Also available are:
Vocal Program Music Business Program
**Best For**
One-on-one time with tutors, each course outlines a set time for tutoring depending on course length

For more information on music production courses and cost, head to ICON Collective’s website


By curating award-winning artists to teach through their proven and innovative techniques, Liveschool will help you to produce music to the best of your ability, ensuring that their specialist courses are always in the right direction

Liveschool is quite a unique school of music based in Sydney, Australia, that is focussed on Ableton Live, as opposed to other courses that let you choose your own DAW

This isn’t a bad thing however as you’ll really get to grips with Ableton Live and learn all its nuances as well as music production and electronic music

Liveschool is a certified Ableton training center so you know the information you are getting will be invaluable. This may not be the best choice if you are wanting to expand into other DAWs such as Pro Tools or Logic Pro but if you are wanting to learn electronic music or using Ableton to play live then Liveschool is a good option

Some of the courses available include:
Produce Music (50 weeks part-time) Produce Music: Intensive (6 weeks full-time study followed by 6 weeks online mentorship) Produce Music: Online (42 weeks part-time) Perform Live (8 x 3-hour sessions) Remix and Creative: Intensive (2 weeks full time)
…and more
**Best For**
For full details on courses and cost head to Liveschool

**Point Blank Music School**
This course shows you how classic and cutting edge tunes are put together so you can use the techniques in your own tracks. You'll learn how to add hooks, riffs, chords, basslines, melodies, develop your arrangements and work with vocals whilst keeping everything in key so it 'sounds right'

**Why We Love It
- Varied content
- Experienced tutors
Beginning in London, Point Blank has been teaching music production since 1994 and has even been voted as ‘Best Music Production School’ by DJ Magazine

Since then they have expanded to now offer courses in London, Los Angeles, China, Ibiza, Mumbai, and also online

If you’re into production, regardless of what aspect, then Point Blank more than likely has a course for you ranging from 3-year degrees in sound engineering to shorter DJ courses and live sound

Some of the production courses available include:
BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree Audio Mastering Live Sound Professional Radio Music Industry Management
….and more
**Best For **
Those looking for a wide variety of courses and who may not want toto a full degree

Further information on locations, courses, and how they can help you on your journey to becoming a music producer can be found at Point Blank Music School

*(We’ve also got a full review of Point Blank Music School that you can read here

With over 20 years of experience educating music producers, Pyramind knows what it takes to teach you how to produce the sounds and music you love at

Pyramind is a San Francisco-based music school also offering online tuition. Pyramind is both Ableton and
Aside from study, Pyramid offers a unique mentorship scheme, priced at $100 per hour, that allows you to connect with industry tutors for guidance

Some of the courses available include:
Complete Producer (Full Time) Sound For Picture and Games (Full Time) Music Production with Ableton Live (Part-Time) Essential Producer (Online)
…and more
**Best For**
Anyone looking to learn aspects of audio outside of music such as movies and computer games

For more information and course details, head to Pyramind’s website

 Catalyst Berlin 
With courses that span electronic music production and performance, audio and music production, sound engineering, film production, filmmaking, visual effects, and acting, discover, develop and celebrate your unique creative identity at the extraordinary Funkhaus in Berlin

Catalyst is a creative arts school based in Funkhaus, Berlin which itself is arguably one of the most creative and inspiring cities in the world

Aside from music, Catalyst offers courses on film, visual effects, and acting meaning
**you’ll be surrounded by creatives of various disciplines For music students, you’ll be able to get your hands on top-end gear in their recording studios with a strong focus on practical work to improve your skills in audio engineering

Catalyst is also a great institution for self-development with a strong emphasis on improvement outside of just practical skills

Some of the courses available include:
Electronic Music Production and Performance Advanced Sound Design Mixing and Mastering Studio Recording Creative Audio Production
**Best For**
Anyone wanting to immerse themselves fully in a creative environment and work with like-minded people across many disciplines – it is based in Berlin after all!
For further information on Catalyst’s courses and how to apply, head to their website

With state-of-the-art facilities, world-class faculty, and extensive connections within the music industry, ACM offers music courses that develop you to your highest potential and, most importantly, immerse you in the music industry

The ACM (or Academy of Contemporary Music) was established in 1995. Based in the UK, you’ll have the choice of their Birmingham, London, and Guildford sites

Each site offers a wide range of courses from music production to more specialized areas such as computer game audio and even rap, making it one of the
**best music production schools for varying disciplines**

ACM prides itself on industry links as well, which can be vitally important when pursuing a career in the music business. Headed by Martin ‘Ace’ Kent from Skunk Anansie their ‘Industry Link’ program runs regular networking events, showcases, and performance opportunities to allow music producers to get a foot in the door whilst studying with industry professionals

Some of the courses available are:
Music Production Diploma Game Development: Audio Producer Route Music Performance and Production
…and more
**Best For**
Networking events and creating industry links whilst studying

Head to ACM for more details on courses and pricing

 SAE Insitute 
With over 50 campuses worldwide and over 40 years providing exceptional creative media education, SAE is a strong network of expert, practiced in shaping raw talent into outstanding industry-ready professionals

SAE is one of the worlds leading creative media institutions and boasts a huge 54 campuses in 28 countries including Miami, New York, and Nashville in the United States

There are also other options Spain, Switzerland Mexico, and more (too many to even list) making it one of the best music production schools for those wanting options to study abroad from their home country

With several courses available, their production schools include short courses and diplomas all the way to full degrees. You’ll have access to
**top audio facilities** including acoustically treated studios fitted with industry-standard equipment to get to grips with

Alumni have included students who have gone on to work with some of the world’s best music artists such as Beyonce and have won BAFTAs and Grammys, so you know you’re going to be getting the best training during your time there

Some of the courses available include:
BA/BSc Hons Audio Production Diploma in Sound Engineering Electronic Music Production Foundations in Foley
…and more
**Best For**
Support after finishing your course. The SAE Global Alumni program includes 15,000 SAE graduates and professionals to help you network and find employment

For more information on courses, acceptance rate, and locations, head to SAE

 JMC Academy 
JMC’s uniquely balanced teaching and assessment combine face-to-face classroom sessions and practical studio time that deliver savvy business and tech skills as well as real-life experience

JMC is one of Australia’s leading music production schools with over 35 years of offering degrees, diplomas, and foundation certificates

Boasting world-class recording studios, post-production facilities, sound, and TV studios, you’ll not only be immersed in your course but with locations in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, you’ll also be at the heart of some of Australia’s most exciting inner-city locations as this school

JMC also has some of the most accomplished teachers in the industry who promote cross-collaboration and encourage students to work with other peers across JMC’s courses

Some of the courses available include:
Audio Engineering & Sound Production Contemporary Music Performance Songwriting
…and more
**Best For**
Internship programs – JMC gives students the chance to get hands-on experience and gain contacts through their internship opportunities which include working with MTV, Ministry Of Sound, Ditto Music, Kiss FM, and more

For further information on JMC’s locations, facilities and courses head to their website

 Full Sail 
Full Sail University offers campus and online degree programs that are designed for the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology. Offering associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, Full Sail’s approach is centered on real-world industry experience and creative problem-solving

Full Sail University is based at Winter Park, Florida, and boasts 210 acres of campus space, over 110 studios and labs, 102 programs, 54 bachelor’s degrees and 16 master’s degrees

Not only that but Full Sail was named one of the
**top 25 music schools** by the Hollywood Reporter and also School/College of the year by the FAPSC in ’08, ’11, ’14, ’16 and ’19

Their degree programs cover a wide range of subjects but their music courses are designed to not only gain you experience in software, hardware, and recording techniques but also encourage entrepreneurial thinking to get you ready for work in the music industry

Some of the courses available are:
Audio Production Music Business Show Production Recording Arts
…and more
**Best For**
Course length – Full Sail offers ‘accelerated courses’ meaning you’ll graduate faster than other music schools (without compromising on course content). This can not only be advantageous for those wanting to graduate quicker but it can also be a cheaper option as you won’t need to factor in accommodation/living expenses for as long while you study

More information on Full Sail can be found on their website

 Berklee College Of Music 
Berklee's leading contemporary conservatory for dance, music, and theater offers undergraduate and graduate programs that combine focused, individualized training with an innovative curriculum that empowers students to create the future they imagine

The last on our list is one of the most famous music institutions in the world and has campuses in Boston, New York, and Valencia (and also offers online tuition)

Offering the opportunity to work in some of the best music production studio settings (such as Power Station studios which have seen the likes of Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and Madonna), Berklee also provides tuition in some of the more unique music subjects such as music therapy

Minors are also available covering subjects such as instrument repair, microtonal music, and American roots music, so there are plenty of options regardless of your desired music career

It is well known that the cost of attending Berklee is much higher than many other colleges that are available, however, enrolling means you’ll be studying with world-class tutors in an institution that boasts
**123 Grammy Award-winning alumni** (totaling 306 awards)

Some of the courses available are:
Electronic Production and Design Music Production & Engineering Film Scoring Songwriting
…and more
**Best For**
Everything! Ok, there are probably some aspects of Berklee (such as the cost) that won’t appeal to everyone,
**Berklee boasts some of the best music facilities and training in the world** and you can see the results just by looking at the staggering list of award-winning alumni who have passed through their doors (even Eric Andre!)

Further information on courses, locations, and costs can be found on the Berklee College of Music website

== Wrapping Up ==
So there we have it – our list of best music production schools. Hopefully, these give you a good starting point on your next steps to becoming a music producer, regardless of whether you want to study in New York, find the best industry professionals to network with or just want to get to grips with music technology

**Of course, when it comes to audio engineering, music production schools, or getting a Bachelor’s degree it really is worth doing your research before committing
Some music production schools offer beginner classes to give you a taster of whether a career in music is what you want and these may help you decide on your next steps

So if it’s pro audio equipment you want to work with or improve your electronic music skills, we’re sure one or more colleges on our list will suit the needs of any music producer

*(For the best in online courses, check out our roundup of the 10 best online music production courses