Best Free Electronic Music Courses

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Music Composition 101: Fundamentals, Principles, and Myths

Demystifying music composition, film scoring, music production, and more

Created by Jason Allen - Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

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Students: 13925, Price: Free

** UDEMY BEST SELLING INSTRUCTOR**

Welcome to Music Composition 101: Fundamentals, Principals, and Myths. The complete guide to getting started in music composition.

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take their music career (or music interest) and develop it into something more. Whether you are an active musician or an aspiring musician, this class is perfect for you.

When most people think of a composer, they imagine someone sitting in a dusty attic with a grand piano, a big white wig, and the year is 1800. That might have been accurate back then, but the modern composer is just like you and me. In fact, I am one. 

In this course, I'll show you the techniques I use for writing music in a variety of styles and situations. I've worked with major American orchestras, film studios, and video game designers, so I've got more than a little experience. I'm also a PhD in music composition and a university professor (of music composition). 

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students and give them the joy of Music Theory.

This course starts with common misconceptions about the art of writing music. I'll give you the first one right now: You don't have to be a genius. Music Composition is a skill that can be learned, with practice.

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

Some of the topics we will cover in this class are: 

  • My background, and listen to some of my music

  • What you need to know

  • Myths of the composer

  • Tools of the trade: Software

  • Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper

  • How do you start?

  • The process

  • Program music and metaphors

  • Character sketches

  • Writing through canon

  • Form

  • Starting with a plan

  • Graphic form representations

  • Film Music and Tension Cues

  • Composing for Films and Games

  • Any much, much, more! 

And of course, once you sign up for this class, all my other classes are yours at steep discounts! Over half off for all future sections!

The course is a roadmap to launching your career as a composer!

All the tools you need to prepare, organize and start your career are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.

Please click the "Take This Course" button so you can launch your music career today.

** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough music business course available ANYWHERE on the market - or your money back (30 day money back guarantee, as per Udemy policy) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.

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Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  "It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

⇢  "Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

⇢  "Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

⇢  "VERY COOL. I've waited for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury

  "I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

⇢  "The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

⇢  "Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith

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Electronic Music Production in Ableton Live (Level I)

Getting familiar with Ableton Live

Created by Noiselab Courses - Ableton Live Certified Trainers | Producer Community

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Students: 13012, Price: Free

This course is completely FREE. To view Level II and Level III, as well as watch more advanced Ableton courses in electronic music production, DJing and synthesis, sign up for a membership at Noiselab. Noiselab is the top online school for electronic musicians.

The purpose of this course is to teach you what a DAW (digital audio workstation) is, why Ableton Live is a unique DAW, the difference between the Session View and Arrangement View, how to work with midi instruments and audio material, and much more.

In this course you'll develop a strong understanding of the program's interface and its many preference settings. Understand how to use Live's browser to quickly sample sounds in your tracks without having to spend time inefficiently searching your computer. We'll also discuss the build blocks of Live - clips. All musical elements in Live are contained in either audio or MIDI clips, so it is very important for us to understand what clips are, how they function, and how they can be used to create full compositions. Clips are the key to us creating and capturing our ideas.

You'll also learn about import settings, clip launch quantization, clip envelopes and follow actions. We'll cover the basics of the drum rack, as well as basic MIDI clip editing, draw mode and automation. Then we'll show you how to use MIDI and audio clips together in numerous ways and the usefulness of working with scenes.

This is the first level in a 3-part series. Sign up for a Noiselab membership to access Level II and Level III. Level II will cover basic music theory and composition techniques, and Course 3 will focus on EQ, effects, creative sampling techniques and export settings. After completing these 3 courses you’ll be able to combine all of these elements into making a song.

Music Theory for Electronic Producers – The Beginners Guide!

Join Successful students in Music Theory for Electronic Producers for learning the basics of Music Theory Today!

Created by Tomas George - Music Producer, Composer and Audio Engineer

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Students: 11541, Price: Free

Learning how to write and create Music with Music Theory effectively will dramatically improve the quality of your music and the speed you create it.

In this course, you will gain a basic understanding of Music Theory and ideas techniques and formulas to use when creating your own electronic music to allow you more options. You'll learn the beauty and the power of the basics of music theory that's used by professionals today. 

This course will cover such topics as 

Major scales

Minor scales

Major chords

• Minor chords

• Diminished chords

• Chord progressions

• Relative minors,

 Modes, 

• How to write Melodies 

• And more 

What you'll learn in this course will make you a better music producer, and improve your songwriting abilities in any Digital Audio Workstations!

Learn to love music theory and creating electronic music with these easy to learn techniques today.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and we'll see you in lesson 1!

Cheers,

Tomas.

Music Marketing Demystified

An overview of the foundational marketing principles every musician and music pro should know

Created by Bob Baker - Author, Teacher, Speaker

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Students: 8910, Price: Free

In this free course (with more than 4,000 students!), I give you an overview of the foundational music marketing principles every proactive musician should know. The course features 11 short videos. In them I cover:

  • Your #1 Music Marketing Asset
  • Internet Strategies and How to Build Your List
  • Social Media: How, When and What to Post Online
  • How to Get Comfortable with Marketing and Sales
  • The First Steps to Online Music Marketing
  • How to Deal with Music Marketing Overwhelm
  • My Best Advice on Long-Term Music Success

I want to extend a big thanks to Jonathan Sexton and the Artist Growth team in Nashville for editing these video lessons and making them available.

Register for this free course on Udemy and get lifetime access to the lessons. Watch them on your computer, or on your smartphone or tablet using the free Udemy app.

I can't wait to share these Music Marketing 101 principles with you!

Electronic Music Primer

Get started making electronic music today!

Created by Jason Allen - Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

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Students: 8359, Price: Free

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

In this class, we are going to quickly walk you through some of the more daunting options behind getting started with producing electronic music. This class is designed as a "primer" for anyone interested in starting to produce, but are at a loss for what equipment to buy, what software to buy, and how to set it up. 

I'll walk you through some of the more popular options for software and hardware, as well as how to set up and configure everything once you get your hands on it. 

And I'll even show you some tricks to get started with some of the more popular options of software inexpensively or even free!

Learn Ableton Live 10 Lite – Quick Start | Beginners Course

Learn How To Setup, Record, Edit, Automate & Arrange in Ableton Live 10 - Electronic Music Production in Ableton Live 10

Created by Studio Slave - Premium Electronic Music Production Tutorials

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Students: 7465, Price: Free

This course has been created as an entry level course for complete beginners wishing to learn  how to produce music using the Ableton Live software.

This course is suitable for: DJ's, new producers, live acts & musicians, and even those with no musical background.

This is a short 'Quickstart' crash-course in Ableton Live, designed  to get you hands on, using the music production software as quickly and efficiently ass possible. This Quickstart section is part of our longer 'Ableton Live 10 Lite' Udemy course.

The Ableton Live Lite software often comes bundled free with hardware MIDI keyboards and controllers. So this course is great for those of you that have purchased a keyboard or controller and would like to take up a new hobby, or even those who are already playing around in Live & wish to take it more seriously.

This course will cover the basic's of setup, recording, editing, automation, arrangement and exporting in Ableton Live. This project also includes a project template file which can be found in the course resources section.

If you are still in any doubt about taking this course then check out our ratings & reviews. We are proud to have great feedback on Udemy, YouTube, ADSRsounds & our own StudioSlave website.

We hope to see you learning with us in the near future!

A bit about Your tutor:

Studio Slave has been DJ'ing, producing, and using Ableton Live for Live performance for the past 8 years.
After Studying at PointBlank Music School in London, he graduated with a 1st Class Honours degree in electronic music production & DJ practice at the School of Sound Recording in Manchester.

Studio Slave has been teaching electronic music production for the past 4 years and is looking forward to educating you throughout the course.

Music Theory – A masters guide to help you study

Learn the secret to understanding music theory whether you are new to music or an accomplished musician!

Created by Anthony Terrano - Music and Computer Science

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Students: 6735, Price: Free

Learn how to understand complex music theory without ever learning the circle of fifths! This technique has been passed down to me by my professors and his professors before him! In this course you will be able to understand all aspects of basic music theory and grasp a better understanding of the following:

  • Key signatures
  • Triads
  • Scales
  • Rhythmic relationships
  • Chords
  • Melody and Harmony
  • And Much More!

The course should take you at least a week of studying and practicing methods introduced in the course curriculum.

The course is structured in a fast-pace video by video slideshow with a voice over. Full explanations of each method are provided.

You would want to take my course if you are seeking to better your knowledge of music theory and understanding how to read everything involving music scores and triads.

All you will need for this course is a pen/pencil. Plenty of blank paper (even staff paper would help) and your brain!

Compression for Music Producers

All about audio compression (history, theory, how to use, practice, plugins, common erorrs)

Created by Andrii Vakhnenko - ANDI VAX MASTERING.com

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Students: 5645, Price: Free

Do you want to know all about audio compression?
Ever wonder how big artists like Hardwell, Avicii and Tiesto get those punchy fat sound?

In this course we'll fix, together, how to use compressor to get THAT sound.
All my 16 years "compression experience" in 30 minutes!

Theory, practice, common uses, errors...

All this and even more in my ultimate compression tutorial - COMPRESSION FOR MUSIC PRODUCERS.

Just usefull information and examples based on modern styles of music.

Short Brief:

  • history of compression
  • theory of compression
  • how to use hardware/plugin compressor
  • quick and easy setup of compressor
  • practical uses of compressor
  • common mistakes using the compressor

The target audience:

  • this course is for anyone in audio wanting to learn more about compression

Music Production – Learn the Compressor Effect

Enhance the Quality of your Music Productions

Created by Mikael Baggström - Music Composer | Sound Designer

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Students: 4576, Price: Free

Are you interested in Music Production?
Do you want to enhance the quality of your music, and get louder and more balanced mixes?

In this creative, inspiring and compact class I will show you how to use the Compressor Effect in your music productions, which will take the quality of your music to the next level.

You will learn: The What, Why, When and How of Dynamic Range Compression in Music.

What you will get in this Course:

  • THE FUNDAMENTALS - Learn the Theory of Dynamic Range Compression
  • LIVE EXAMPLES - Watch Live Demonstrations of Practical Applications
  • ADVANCED TIPS - I will give you bonus tips from my personal experience

My name is Mikael Baggström, but you can call me Mike from Sweden. I am a professional Music Composer and Audio Producer with a true passion to Teach, Share and Inspire as many people as I can.

I have over 15 years of experience in Music and Audio Production, and I have tried to condense my knowledge and experience of using Dynamic Range Compression in Music Production so that you can get results without reading boring books and articles.

I am looking forward to seeing you in the class!

Your Friendly Instructor,
Mike from Sweden

Electronic Music Arrangement: Escape the 8 Bar Loop

This course will give you the ability to start and finish songs with confidence and ease. Leave those 8 bar loops behind

Created by Zachary Citron - Zenchamusic Author and Computer Music Mag Columnist

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Students: 1298, Price: Free

  [2021 UPDATE: In order to make this course free, I had to get it under 2 hrs of video. I unpublished two videos for this. The first is 5 minutes of me making the initial drum beat. I presume most of you can get that far on your own. Second is the epilogue/ending. I basically just say good job for 5 minutes and play the full song. Not that important. Good luck, enjoy the free course now!]

Have trouble getting started with a track? Have you ever finished one? 

    Do you find yourself listening to the same 8 bar loop over and over again, unable to make a full song out of it? 

    Do you struggle to get the ideas in your head onto your computer? 

    Do you find yourself lost and unfocused? That you don’t have enough time to spend creating music? 

    Do you find yourself unable to write, arrange, and structure songs? 

    If this sounds like you, join me in this video course as I create a song entirely from scratch with an easy to follow step-by-step method that will have you making tunes for life. 

    In this video course, I share the easy to follow process that I use to create tracks that eliminates creative blocks and guarantees a finished song when you’re done with it. 

    This video course is broken up into easy-to-follow sections so that you can choose to work alongside me or digest it all before diving in. 

    After watching this course you’ll have the confidence and ability to get started with a song, arrange it, and then finish it. Over and over again. 

  Let’s turn those 8 bar loops into 16, 32, and entire songs! 

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  Caution! 

    While this is an introductory course for electronic music arrangement, this is not and introductory course for how to use a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). If you are not comfortable in whatever software you use to make music, I recommend you do that first.