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How Much Schooling to Be a Music Producer?

by Jen Saunders, studioD

Becoming a music producer requires more than wearing a ponytail and calling everyone “baby.” It demands a great degree of schooling in multiple areas and takes a wealth of creativity, drive and education. If you dream of becoming a music producer, you should consider taking a number of courses that will make you an efficient powerhouse in the industry. Just having the theoretical know-how isn’t enough; having skill to back up your conceptual visions will make you more successful and more respected by musicians.


Music education courses are advantageous for future music producers because they will give them the knowledge to better identify with their clients and their artistic direction. Programs like the ones offered at MiraCosta College are ideal for aspiring music producers. Their music programs offer courses in traditional and commercial music partially geared for those wanting a career in arts management -- a field in which a music producer must be well versed.

Audio Engineering

Aspiring music producers can learn the technical side and sound of music by taking courses in audio engineering. When checking out a new band at a club, having the knowledge of audio engineering will help producers gauge the various types of sounds of which the band is capable. The Audio Enginearing Institute offers a complete training program called Audio Technology that prepares students to become master studio recording engineers. Music producers with this education will have more creative control over their artist’s recording sessions.


Collaborating with music producers is a great way to gain ground in the industry. Julia Payne, music producer and contributor of “The Guardian,” says that cultural collaboration is a way of life for producers to make great music. She continues to attest that music producers yearn for freedom from the constraints of working only in one context and thrive on exploring new ways of orchestrating and presenting inspirational music while facilitating new experiences for audiences and artists. Communications classes teach producers effective engagement through personal exchanges, both socially and on a business level. Prospective music producers can attend conventions and events where producers congregate and start laying down their ideas for a creative game of back-and-forth.


Being a music producer includes more than having musical knowledge and artistic skills with the right connections. Producers are businesspeople fighting to market their clients (or brand). Getting a business degree with a focus on marketing, brand management and business communications will equip producers with the skill set to market their talent to the right people according to the artist’s unique flare. The knowledge gained through earning a business degree will help assure that any contract deals pose minimal risk both in the financial sense and in terms of potentially damaging the brand identity created for the artist.

About the Author

Jen Saunders is an entrepreneur and veteran journalist who covers a wide range of topics. She made the transition to writing after having spent 12 years in England where she studied and taught English literature.

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