INDEPENDENT ARTIST PROGRAM

Certificate in Independent Artist Development
Los Angeles, CA
Learn the diverse skills needed to write and record your original songs, with expert guidance in creating accompanying visuals and social media branding. MI Online’s Certificate in Independent Artist Development provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist.

JOIN US ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10 AT 4:00PM (PST) FOR THE MI ONLINE VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION.

CONTROL YOUR FUTURE

MI Online’s Independent Artist Program provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist in today’s music world. Experienced instructors guide you through the complete creative process from songwriting, arranging, recording and production to marketing and promotion.

Use your personal laptop audio workstation to record and mix live vocals, instruments, samples and loops into finished tracks, then showcase them on your self-designed website. Whether you are a singer, DJ, producer, rapper or instrumentalist, MI prepares you to take control of your future.

DEGREES OFFERED

CERTIFICATE IN INDEPENDENT ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

Instrumentalists, singers, songwriters, rappers, DJs and producers learn the entire process of creating their own project—from writing and recording to marketing, publicity, website design and final release. This program is designed to equip musicians with the various skills needed to independently write, record and market their original material.

CAREERS

The MI Online IAP provides graduates with the essential knowledge and skills that lead to such career options as:

ARTIST / PERFORMER
PRODUCER / DJ
SONGWRITER / COMPOSER

ARTIST MANAGER
BUSINESS EXECUTIVE
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

PROGRAM DETAILS

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
  • Trains students in the full spectrum of contemporary career needs, with core classes including Recording Techniques, Logic Pro X, Songwriting, Entertainment Business, Musicianship, Marketing and Visual Media.
  • Designed to equip creative individuals with the skills required to write, produce and market their original music.
  • Project Advisors work with students weekly to help them apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program to their projects. These advisors are experts in many areas, including songwriting, music production, audio recording, and graphic design.
  • Work directly on your laptop audio workstation as you learn to sequence, sample, record, edit and mix — the world is your studio.
COURSE CATALOG

For a detailed look at all of MI’s program offerings, you can find the course catalog here.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: CERTIFICATE

A. Submit two examples of your original material or arrangements (voice or instrumental, any style) representing your strengths and creative direction as an artist or producer.

B. Speaking Voice: Record your own speaking voice explaining the following:
1. Why you want to attend Musicians Institute.
2. What your role was in the recorded examples you have submitted, including what instruments you played (if applicable) and who wrote, produced and engineered each song.

For a full list of what you will need to apply to MI, please download our guide here.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Musicians Institute offers many opportunities for scholarships in all of our programs. Please visit our Scholarship page for more information.

FINANCIAL AID

Please visit MI’s Financial Aid page for all the details on how you can qualify.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students make up nearly one-fourth of MI’s total student population, representing more than 50 countries throughout the world while creating a unique and diverse learning environment, full of endless opportunities in Hollywood and beyond.

For more info, please visit the International Students page.

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SUCCESS STORIES

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

An outstanding staff of industry professionals brings practical, up-to-date experience directly to the classroom. Regular Q&A and clinics with guest artists and industry executives.

ALEXX DAYE-ALBERSON
CREDITS: PATTI LABELLE, NE-YO, VESTA WILLIAMS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA

JON BROWN
CREDITS: EMINEM, P!NK, BLACK EYED PEAS

JONATHAN BATES
CREDITS: BIG BLACK DELTA, DAFT PUNK, M83, MOBY

MI ONLINE PROGRAMS

 BASS

 DRUMS

GUITAR

 KEYBOARD

VOCAL

DJ

 SONGWRITING

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INDEPENDENT ARTIST

 ARTIST PRODUCER ENTREPRENEUR

ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

STUDIO RECORDING 

STUDENT CONSUMER DISCLOSURES

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Certificate in Independent Artist Development

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Certificate in Independent Artist Development

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