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How can I become a music producer?

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Israel’s Answer

Antonio,


Start by really digging in to a style and genre that truly moves you and learn all you can about it... how it's performed, who performs it (your favorite performers and those whom you didn't know and discovered in your research), where it's roots are (where it comes from), who pioneered it, etc. But mostly, listen to a lot of music and understand how it sounds and what makes it sound that way. At the same time teach yourself how to use music technology such as DAW's and music notation programs. These are inseparable from the production process.


Education in music production is often approached from two angles...1) from the music itself as an arranger or composer interested in producing , or 2) from a technical/engineering standpoint, that is, an engineer or audio technician who knows how to operate the studio gear and has some musical training which enables him to direct production. Either is a valid approach. It depends on what your interests are and what you see yourself doing in the future.


When you search MUSIC PRODUCTION on the internet you'll get mostly technical majors that offer the possibility of taking music related courses as a complement to the technical and scientific education. Here is a list of really good schools for this approach: http://musicschoolcentral.com/top-10-colleges-for-music-production/


From the musical approach, there's Berklee in Boston which has music and technology, North Texas University has an excellent music program that is not nearly as expensive as Berklee. Other good options are Indiana University, The New School in New York City, Rutgers University in New Jersey, and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the UK. Studying abroad may not be as complicated as it may seem. Here is an interesting article about this:


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/10/29/7-countries-where-americans-can-study-at-universities-in-english-for-free-or-almost-free/?postshare=3431456005755099&tid=ss_wa


In my opinion, the approach should be musical. There is a time that is crucial for the development of musical skills. You can always learn how to operate the gear. In fact, most music schools provide the possibility to take complementary courses in music technology.


The key is to identify what you want to do and then research the institutions and their faculty to find where it's happening. Find the school and the faculty first, then worry about how to get there and pay for it.


Best of luck,


Israel

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Digant’s Answer

Hello Antonio,

I would suggest you start with 2 things.

1) download a free version of the DAW (Digital Audio workstation) like FLstudio and start with basic of the same via youtube, etc.

2) Start training your ear for basic understanding of Keys, scales, notes, tunes, pitch, etc.

Once good in these two things you can start making music, rest is on your creativity & how well you have taken 2nd point seriously.
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