ABOUT THE COURSE
“Music education institutions are fine places to learn music, if you want to learn institutionalised music.” Frank Zappa
There are six modules in the program that cover knowledge and practical skills critical to long-term success in the music industry. Each is interconnected like a network so that information introduced in Module 1 is explored and developed as a student music industry project, from conception to completion, in the other five modules. [one_third] [pricing column=”5″] [plan name=”Course Details” price=”” per=”” url=”http://www.nationalmusicacademy.com.au/pdp-landing/” skin=”#cc0000″ button_text=”Enrol Now!” popular=”false”]
- 4 x 2 Hour Classes Per Week1 x 3 Hour Class Per Week
- Progressive Learning Where Every Module Is Connected
- Professional Recording
- EPK Electronic Industry Press Kit
- Professional Photos
- Management & Agent Showcase
- NMA Industry Certified Certificate
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell
The music industry success pathway begins each week by immersing you in the recordings of the most significant contributors to the development of all the modern styles of music. Each week a genre from recent history is chosen for focused directed listening. This genre and the features that define it then becomes the theme for the weekly music industry project developed to completion in the other modules. If you look back at any innovative musical artist who has been successful in the past 60 years you’ll discover they all had one thing in common: they listened to a lot of different music! More than this, they were able to make connections between seemingly disparate styles and blend them in ways that were new and interesting. This module will immerse you in the major works of all the great musical innovators beginning with Charlie Parker and the bebop era. From these modern music roots you will discover how new styles branched out and grew in innovative ways from older styles to ultimately form the dense forest of contemporary music styles that exist today. This module is at the core of the Professional Development Program because it reveals the vast scope of the contemporary music world and enables you to better see what your pathways within it might be.
“There are tens of thousands of theories about music.” Brian Eno
Thankfully there are only a couple of simple concepts that need to be understood in order to be fluent in the practical language of music! This module concentrates on three interconnected core areas: aural development, theoretical rudiments and keyboard basics. The development of aural skills will enable you to see the music you hear (music transcription) and hear the music you see (reading music notation). These are essential skills possessed by every successful person in the music industry. Theoretical rudiments are the necessary companion to aural skills. They reveal and explain all the elementary musical materials and how they are utilised to construct compositions from simple nursery rhyme tunes to large scale complex works. Every person who works in the music industry should also know how to use a piano keyboard for basic routine tasks, such as entering notes into a digital workstation for sequencing or blocking notes to quickly hear chord progressions and melodies. This module will show you how to use a keyboard.
“Students should engage in real-world, practical workshops in which they demonstrate their knowledge through creativity and collaboration.” John Dewey
This module is the practical application of musicianship skills learned in Module 2. In it you will develop skills in the art of composing and orchestrating arrangements in five broad stylistic genres: rock, jazz and blues, pop and dance, stage and film, and experimental art-music fusions. Arranging for rock groups covers basics such as writing chord charts and lead sheets for rhythm sections. Arranging jazz and blues covers writing for horns from solo parts to big band section scores. Pop and dance arranging steps into the digital world and covers various industry standard software platforms and how to compose and arrange within these digital environments. Stage and film scoring covers writing for orchestral strings. Fusions and experimental forms of arranging blend elements of rock, jazz, blues, digital as well as classical art music techniques.
“I’m never pleased with anything. I’m a perfectionist. It’s part of who I am.” Michael Jackson
The performance module takes the arrangements created in Module 3 and puts them through the workshop process. You will acquire and develop all the skills necessary to transform you into a professional performer of your own material but, more importantly, you will gain insight into the “secret” of success: you have to possess an inexhaustible commitment to improvement through innovation, invention, reflection and reinvention. “Performance” is defined as the act of presenting … entertainment. The workshop environment isn’t just to play through the arrangements created in Module 3. This module is designed to transform you into an entertainer of the highest calibre. Aside from the practical skills of developing chord chart reading abilities, microphone technique, and so on, you will discover the difference between simply presenting a song and creating a memorable performance. This is revealed through stage craft and etiquette – two of the most overlooked abilities every performer in the music industry should possess.
“I want it to sound like an orange.” John Lennon
This module moves the weekly project one step closer to completion. Material conceived in Module 1 and developed and polished through to Module 4 is now recorded, produced and made ready for the final stage of the project: Module 6. You will learn a range of recording studio techniques from acoustics to signal flow to processing effects and manipulating audio data. Also covered in this module are basic video recording and editing techniques. Together, all these technical skills combine to produce one finished demo of your abilities that will ultimately become your music industry Electronic Press Kit (EPK).
“There is nothing to keeping a band together. You simply have to have a gimmick, and the gimmick I use is to pay them money!” Duke Ellington
Technology has made it possible so that anybody with a laptop and a microphone can create and produce their own music. The music industry, however, isn’t only interested in music production. The music industry exists in equal measure through music consumption. In this, the final module each week, the project receives all the finishing touches that would make it ready for market consumption. A little over 100 years ago, the Australian music industry consisted of just a few small businesses: music hall venues, music agents and sheet music publishers. Today, the Australian music industry is among the largest of industries in the country and is a network of hundreds of businesses both big and small. This module will give you insights into how to navigate your way through this large and complex maze of managers, agents, intellectual property law, avenues of promotion, merchandising, distributing and, most importantly, how to successfully brand and market your best asset: you! During the 40 weeks of the Professional Development, students will have amassed an impressive body of recorded work that will become their EPK. As part of the graduation ceremony at which graduates will receive a certificate of Industry Accreditation, you will be given a personal introduction to all of the leading Australian music agents and promoters. Additionally, all alumni of the program will receive ongoing support by way of an online publicity presence hosted by the National Music Academy.
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Our commitment is to provide our students with the highest standards of theoretical teaching combined with our unique practical approach to create the finest holistic music program possible. Our program is designed to provide all the music and business tools to the highest standards, supporting students a with practical hands on approach and applied theory basis. Our passion is the finest music education for the aspiration student wanting to become a professional working musician. Professional Development Program is not a piece of paper but immersion and mentoring focused on your craft and that’s why we are the right choice – “ The Artists Choice”.
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