About Production Lessons

The Studio teaches a variety of skills needed to produce your own music:

  • Arranging for Acoustic & Electric Instruments
  • Traditional Orchestration
  • Midi Programming
  • Hybrid Score Mixing
  • Live Recording
  • Music Theory
  • Ear Training


To be a producer or working composer, you need a variety of skills. Most producers are proficient in mixing tracks in a modern style, arranging for acoustic instruments, programming synths, recording live musicians including vocalists and drumming, adding effects, and mic’ing techniques. Most composers are good at writing for a variety of instruments (orchestra/acoustic/vocals), programming midi, mocking-up scores, recording/editing live instruments, and mixing their own scores.

DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations)

You need a good one. There are several to choose from. Pro Tools, Cubase, Abelton, Studio One, FL Studio, Digital Performer, Reaper, Logic Pro, and more.  Each one has it’s own workflow and advantages depending on what you mostly use it for. Pro Tools is my goto, but I also work in Logic Pro because I am on a MAC and it is a very popular one.


You need a bunch and there are SO many to choose from. Things to consider when buying them is your budget, computer’s CPU, how realistic the instruments sound, how easy or challenging they are to program, and how versatile the sounds are. When programming and mocking-up scores, I most use Spitfire for orchestral instruments, Spectrosonics for keys/synths/bass, Output for hybrid sounds, Heaviocity for Trailer type sounds, and Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate for a well rounded set of instruments.


Music Theory and being able to read notes and rhythms is a really beneficial skill to have. I won’t say it’s necessary because there are producers that don’t read or understand music notation. But it is really helpful and if you don’t, your ear needs to be exceptional. During lessons, these are some of the skills we will cover.

  • Learn/Understand key & time signatures
  • Learn/Understand intervals and how they relate to the piano
  • Count/Read rhythms
  • Learn the staff, clefs, and note names
  • Understand major and minor modalities


Ear training is usually incorporated into lessons. It may be a simple as finding pitches and as complicated at transcribing a piano melody or hearing chords. This depends on the students skill level and musicianship.  Ear training is so important because it helps you:

  • Quickly learn songs
  • Create music and use a piano to program
  • Quickly understand what is needed in an arrangement
  • Share musical ideas
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