The MLC Music Production course draws on RSL’s syllabus, which is the world’s first graded system for aspiring music producers, recording & mix engineers and recording artists. Continuing their 30-year history of innovation in music education, together with the MLC’s method of tuition and support, this course offers a unique opportunity for the next generation of music production students to gain a comprehensive understanding of both classic and contemporary production techniques, across a range of genres, whilst earning a globally recognised qualification.
On completion of each level/grade, every candidate will own a wealth of technical, practical and theoretical knowledge that they can apply to real-world scenarios – whether it’s in audio production, electronic music production, mixing, editing, mastering or sound for media.
■ Coursework tasks including technical skills and professional scenarios
■ Theory examinations covering music production terminology and sound & audio fundamentals
■ Listening tests in sonic fidelity, music theory & harmony and stylistic awareness
■ Sample exam papers
■ Professionally produced audio
■ Access to the MLC Campus, lectures, seminars, reading lists, podcasts and more!
1991 saw a paradigm shift in UK music education with the inception of RSL’s graded syllabi and now, some 30 years later, over 350,000 contemporary musicians, performers and artists have been awarded RSL qualifications. Subsequently, contemporary music education provision has seen universal acceptance from all areas of education and truly phenomenal growth the world over.
In keeping with RSL’s history of innovation, their 25 year anniversary saw the release of the world’s first ever music production graded syllabus. A syllabus that has been devised to afford opportunities to all aspiring producers, engineers, composers and performers that has not previously been available in an accredited, graded syllabus. All students can now develop their skills and knowledge in what is currently the fastest growing area of the music education industry whilst earning a globally recognised qualification.
As with all RSL syllabi, academic rigour and industry relevance are crucial and the Music Production Coursework Edition syllabus is no exception. The syllabus has seen contributions from hugely respected producers, engineers, composers, performers and educators from a diverse range of backgrounds. Amongst their glowing list of achievements, these industry experts can count credits such as:
■ Blockbuster movie soundtracks
■ Production and engineering duties for iconic, global artists
■ Top ten singles
■ Games soundtracks
■ Conservatoire & university lecturing
■ Degree programme authoring
■ World DJ championships
Upon successful completion of Level/Grade 8, all students will have demonstrated the skills and knowledge to progress to both higher education and ultimately the professional ranks.
Whatever your desire, be it music producer, recording engineer, mix or mastering engineer, editor, electronic music composer or merely to improve your knowledge of traditional and contemporary production techniques, this syllabus will ensure you gain the most comprehensive range of skills and knowledge currently available.
Nik Preston – Head of Product Development and Publishing (RSL Awards).
The course is divided into a number of sections across each Level/Grade:
■ Music Production Theory: provides you with the necessary material needed to achieve an understanding of key music production terminology, as well as sound and audio fundamentals, in relation to modern music production.
■ Listening Skills: using audio examples provided, you will learn how to demonstrate effective listening skills relevant to modern music production. In this section, we look at sonic fidelity, music theory & harmony and stylistic awareness.
■ Coursework Task: in order to enhance your technical skills, you will be asked to complete a coursework task which will demonstrate your ability to use the digital audio workstation (DAW) of your choice.
You must complete the coursework task before your exam and will be asked to upload your task and screen shots during the exam.
In this section you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate both your skills and creativity in a simulated professional situation. You will be assessed on your ability to resolve industry standard scenarios using appropriate techniques and your DAW of choice.
Successful participants of Level/Grade 8 can progress onto our Professional Diplomas in Teaching, Performance or Creative Enterprise, which are commensurate to the first year of an undergraduate degree.
These qualifications are recognised in over 80 countries.
50-292 total qualification hours per level/grade
10-49 guided learning hours per level/grade (recommended)