Moscow Music School, the University of Hertfordshire and the Cultural Section of the British Embassy in Moscow are inviting music professionals to apply for a free three-day workshop on music production.

This is offered as part of a series of events from Selector PRO, a British Council programme that connects music people from around the world with specialist music experts from the UK who deliver training, share their stories and discuss local and global themes affecting the contemporary music industry. Selector PRO takes its name from the British Council’s Selector Radio show, an award-winning radio programme featuring the best in contemporary UK music, broadcast weekly in over 35 countries to an audience of 4 million listeners.

SELECTOR PRO: MUSIC PRODUCTION WORKSHOP (17–19 AUGUST 2019)

The Selector PRO workshop will take place at the Moscow Music School and is open to music professionals with previous music production experience. It will be delivered by Alex Baxter, programme leader for Music Technology at the University of Hertfordshire who teaches Music Production, Music and Sound Design Technology, Audio Recording and Production, and Live Sound and Lighting Technology.

This intensive course will include a series of presentations, case studies, practical workshops, and feedback sessions. The course will give participants a true insight into the music production process, taking initial ideas, investigating various approaches and moving to creating music within DAW environments. Participants will look in depth at ways of refining their ideas and enhancing them with technology through the editing process.

Topics covered on the course will include how to use melodic and harmonic approaches to create interest, rhythmic ideas, and track structuring. Creative approaches to mixing, blending and shaping through to creative layering techniques, textural manipulation and stereo and depth stage processing will also be explored, as well as strategies for working towards a final product. Case studies and analysis will focus on examples chosen from the most successful tracks ever written and produced.  

On the final day of the course, participants will have the opportunity to participate in one-to-one mentoring sessions with the UK tutors, enabling them to dive deeper into specific areas of interest as well as discussing individual projects.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS

The deadline for applications is 11 August 2019. Successful applicants will be informed by email on 13 August 2019. To apply please fill in the application form here.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria for candidates are:

  • an interest in music production and experience in the field (at least 2 years)
  • an understanding of basic music theory: chords, rhythms etc.  
  • a high level of spoken English (upper-intermediate/advanced); no translation is available during the workshop
  • strong motivation and interest in active participation
  • aspiration to help develop and contribute to the music industry in Russia

ABOUT ALEX BAXTER

Alex Baxter is an audio and audio electronics specialist who builds audio hardware and software, with a wide range of experience in audio mastering, restoration, and forensic audio.  He is the programme leader for Music Technology at the University of Hertfordshire - where he leads the undergraduate degree awards in Music Production, Music and Sound Design Technology, Audio Recording and Production and Live Sound and Lighting Technology. Alex also works as a consultant for all things involving technology, music and sound. He has also delivered master classes in a variety of settings for a broad range of audiences.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE

The University of Hertfordshire offers a range of cutting edge and experimental music and sound courses that are constantly evolving to stay on top, and ahead of, the industry. The University offers courses in Music Production, Music and Sound Design Technology, Audio Recording and Production, Live Sound and Lighting Technology, Song writing and Music Production, Music Composition for Film and Games and Music Industry Management.  At post-graduate level, there is also a range of courses to enable further in-depth study in a number of these areas.  These courses are delivered by a range of industry and academic professionals and benefit from top-class facilities, as well as offering many opportunities for future collaboration. 

ABOUT MOSCOW MUSIC SCHOOL

The Moscow Music School is a school of contemporary music. They inspire and educate young new talents to embark upon successful careers in the music industry as producers, solo artists, sound engineers, managers, sound artists and sound designers.

The Moscow Music School, together with the British Higher School of Art and Design, the Moscow Film School, the Scream School and the Moscow Architecture School MARCH form the ‘Universal University’ – a consortium of independent educational institutions that offer high-quality education in the creative fields. 

Their educational programme includes three courses of continuous professional development in the following specialties: Music Production, Songwriting and Music Performance, and Music Business. These courses are two years long, covering a full range of disciplines required for a contemporary music artist and music industry professional. Each course is developed together with the programme leader – a musician or specialist within the music industry.

ABOUT SELECTOR PRO

The British Council’s Selector PRO programme connects music people from around the world with specialist music experts from the UK who deliver training, share their stories and discuss local and global themes affecting the contemporary music industry. Participants include musicians, managers, producers and journalists at various stages in their careers but all interested in developing their knowledge and networks.

The British Council’s Music team in London works with the market insight of teams in respective countries, to develop a bespoke Selector PRO programme covering the topics and styles that have resonance with the local sector. To date, Selector PRO has taken place in Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Cuba, Georgia, India,  Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela covering topics ranging from music event production to audience development for online radio stations.

Selector PRO takes its name from the British Council’s Selector Radio show – broadcast weekly in over 35 countries to an audience of 4 million listeners. 

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