If you are looking to expand your knowledge of the music business, audio engineering, or EDM production Washington state is an excellent place to be. This list of programs in the state are excellent options to explore if you’re interested in getting a degree or certificate in music disciplines.
- Music Major – Cornish is one of the top art schools in the state, and their music program is both broad-reaching and individualized. Not only will you learn foundational aspects like ensemble, conducting, production, history, and technology but you will be able to customize your own learning experience on top of those fundamentals. Cornish offers a wide range of electronic music-based courses that can be added to your individualized degree program.
- Music Production – SPU offers a program in music production that has foundations in electronic music but goes further by providing foundations in film scoring, video game scoring, and audio editing, along with MIDI sequencing, and DAW training on tools like Logic Pro, Finale, and Final Cut Pro. If you’re looking to expand your EDM production knowledge into avenues like film and gaming, this is a great program for you.
- Foundations of Electronic Music – This certificate program is designed to help you develop essential skills in the digital audio engineering. This course can be taken online or in-person and feature Fall, Winter, and Spring 16 credit sessions.
- Logic Digital Audio – This certificate program focuses solely on Apple’s Logic Pro DAW and provides basic fundamentals of the tools offered within Logic. This course is offered in person only and it begins every Summer session for a total of 15 credits.
- Music Business AAAS – In this program, you will learn music fundamentals while also learning critical skills related to the music industry such as marketing, sales, copyright law, and accounting. This program is only offered on-campus and can be started Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. A certificate is also available if you’d prefer to take less credits.
- Electronic Music Production – In this comprehensive course, you’ll learn everything from MIDI production, sequencing, use of synthesis, and music sampling to develop or master critical layering techniques. This is an on-campus program and can be started Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions.
- Audio Engineering Production – Not to be confused with the Electronic Music Production degree, this program is intended for those who want to be general audio engineers. Aspects of the program include music theory, digital and analog technology, and audio recording. If you are interested in broadening your production knowledge outside of the realm of EDM, this is an on-campus program which can be started in Fall, Winter, and Spring.
- Audio Production Techniques – While this production certificate isn’t specifically related to electronic music, it is worth looking into if you want to take your production to the next level. It is a three-course program that focuses on the fundamentals of sound mixing, editing, and mastering while working on a professional music project that can be used as part of a portfolio or submitted to labels after completion. You can take this course fully online and has a flexible schedule including nights and weekends.
- Music Business – This course is designed to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge related to the music industry, and since this is a bachelor’s program, it is also meant to expand on existing skills and knowledge while setting you up with what you need to be successful doing business in the music industry.
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