ARTIST | PRODUCER | ENTREPRENEUR
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Learn the diverse skills needed to write and record your original songs, with expert guidance in creating accompanying visuals and social media branding. MI’s 4- quarter Artist/Producer/Entrepreneur Certificate program provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist.

ARTIST | PRODUCER | ENTREPRENEUR
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Learn the diverse skills needed to write and record your original songs, with expert guidance in creating accompanying visuals and social media branding. MI’s 4- quarter Artist/Producer/Entrepreneur Certificate program provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist.

CONTROL YOUR FUTURE

MI’s 4-quarter Artist/Producer/Entrepreneur Certificate Program (APE) builds on the original 2-quarter IAP, meant to give students further technical knowledge and professional skills to thrive as an independent recording artist and/or music industry professional.

Our experienced instructors guide you through the complete creative process from songwriting, arranging, recording and production to marketing and promotion. Whether you are a singer, DJ, producer, rapper or instrumentalist, the APE prepares you to take control of your future and enter today’s music industry.

 

CAREER OPTIONS

In addition to the many general IAP music-related classes and electives offered at MI, the Artist/Producer/Entrepreneur Certificate Program provides grads with the essential knowledge and skills that lead to such career options as:

ARTIST / PERFORMER
PRODUCER / DJ
SONGWRITER / COMPOSER

YOUTUBE ARTIST
ARTIST MANAGER
BUSINESS EXECUTIVE

GRAPHIC / ONLINE DESIGNER
ENGINEER / SOUND DESIGNER

DEGREE OPTIONS

Certificate in Industry Study

CURRICULUM

Trains students in the full spectrum of contemporary career needs, with core classes including Recording Project, Apple Logic Pro X, Songwriting, Independent Artist Marketing, Music Business, and Visual Media.

  • Designed to further equip creative musicians with the skills to write, record and market their original music recordings and videos.
  • A new 4-quarter, 60 unit schedule allowing for advancement to core course levels 3-4, from Musicianship to Songwriting.
  • Students apply learned skills by producing recordings of their original songs, creating a website, shooting and editing their original music videos, and by developing social media branding campaigns, a marketing plan, and promotional media.
  • Additional core courses in Video, Social Media Branding, Keyboard Essentials, Vocal Production and more.
  • Additional DAW requirement: APE students must study 2 DAWs instead of 1 in the Independent Artist Program.
  • Studio Time: Students can book up to 3 studio slots per week, 1 of which can be an overnight session (a total of 12 hours per week). If a studio slot has not been booked, students can also do a walk-in session. There is no limit to the number of times you can walk into a session each week.

READY TO ROCK?

The first step in applying to any MI program is to complete an Application for Admission, and get started with the best music college!

QUESTIONS?

Have a question for our music school? Our admissions department is available to answer your questions, give us a call!

COURSE CATALOG

Program requirements of our music school, as well as tuition for individual programs, and course information.

FEATURED FACULTY

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.

BLAIR SHOTTS
CREDITS: RIHANNA, DRAKE, FISHBONE

ERIC CORNE
CREDITS: JOHN MAYALL, GLEN CAMPBELL, JOE BONAMASSA, LUCINDA WILLIAMS

JONATHAN BATES
CREDITS: DAFT PUNK, M83

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

LAUREN PARDINI
CREDITS: ISLAND/DEF JAM, AFTERMATH, SONY/EPIC

MARK “BLAKKAT” BELL
CREDITS: CHAKA KHAN, NEW ORDER, JAMIROQUAI, A T

JOSEPH “COMPUTO” CAPUTO
CREDITS: LMFAO, ZEDD, FLYING LOTUS, DURAN DURAN

INDEPENDENT ARTIST STUDIOS

FEATURES

  • Fully equipped 24/7 practice facilities and digital production labs.
  • Multiple recording studios available for student use.
  • Concert Hall access, with full audio/video recording capabilities.
  • Security on campus 24/7.
  • Professional studios provide hands-on experience.

Independent Artist Studios - Studio 01
Multi-purpose studio with isolated tracking and mix rooms. Equipped with DW drum kit; Fender guitar amp, Budda guitar amp; Neumann, Mojave, Royer, AKG, and Shure microphones; as well as outboard gear from API, Universal Audio, and Chandler Ltd., Universal Audio Apollo 16 interface, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface, and MIDI controllers. This studio features a Mac workstation equipped with Avid Pro Tools® 12, Logic Pro X, Reason 9, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Native Instruments Komplete 10, Waves Gold, Waves Renaissance Max, McDSP Everything bundle, Izotope Music Production Suite, Izotope RX Post Production Suite, Sonnox and Softube Plugin Bundles, Eosis Air EQ Premium, Auto-Tune 8, Melodyne 4 Editor, Arturia C-Collection 4, UAD Ultimate plug-in bundle, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Independent Artist Studios - Studio 02
Multi-purpose studio with Yamaha U3 upright piano, Mesa guitar amp, Neumann, Mojave, Royer, AKG, and Shure microphones, Dynaudio monitors, Avalon channel strips, Universal Audio Apollo 16 interface, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface, and MIDI controllers. This studio features a Mac workstation equipped with Avid Pro Tools® 12, Logic Pro X, Reason 9, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Native Instruments Komplete 10, Waves Gold, Waves Renaissance Max, McDSP Everything bundle, Izotope Music Production Suite, Izotope RX Post Production Suite, Sonnox and Softube Plugin Bundles, Eosis Air EQ Premium, Auto-Tune 8, Melodyne 4 Editor, Arturia C-Collection 4, UAD Ultimate plug-in bundle, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Independent Artist Studios - Studio 03
Production/mixing studio equipped with Neumann, Mojave, Royer, AKG, and Shure microphones, Adam monitors, Avalon channel strip, ROLI Seaboard Rise keyboard controller/synthesizer, Native Instruments Machine controller, Universal Audio Apollo 16 interface, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface, and MIDI controllers. This studio features a Mac workstation equipped with Avid Pro Tools® 12, Logic Pro X, Reason 9, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Native Instruments Komplete 10, Waves Gold, Waves Renaissance Max, McDSP Everything bundle, Izotope Music Production Suite, Izotope RX Post Production Suite, Sonnox and Softube Plugin Bundles, Eosis Air EQ Premium, Auto-Tune 8, Melodyne 4 Editor, Arturia C-Collection 4, UAD Ultimate plug-in bundle, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Independent Artist Studios - Studio 04
Production studio equipped with Moog Little Phatty Synthesizer, Native Instruments Maschine Mikro, Dynaudio monitors, Roland A-88 weighted MIDI controller, Universal Audio Apollo 16 interface, and Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface. This studio features a Mac workstation equipped with Avid Pro Tools® 12, Logic Pro X, Reason 9, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Native Instruments Komplete 10, Waves Gold, Waves Renaissance Max, McDSP Everything bundle, Izotope Music Production Suite, Izotope RX Post Production Suite, Sonnox and Softube Plugin Bundles, Eosis Air EQ Premium, Auto-Tune 8, Melodyne 4 Editor, Arturia C-Collection 4, UAD Ultimate plug-in bundle, and Adobe Creative Cloud.

PRODUCTION LABS - Ableton Live Lab (MI-330)
This DJ Performance and Production lab facility features Mac workstations equipped with MIDI controllers, Ableton Live 10 Suite, and Ableton PUSH 2 controllers. The Lab also features an NFUZD electronic drum kit, a PA system, and Mackie HR824 Studio monitors.

  • IAP Studio

  • IAP Studio

  • IAP Lab

  • IAP Lab

  • IAP Lab

SUCCESS STORIES

MI Independent Artist Program grads and instructors are working on stages and in studios around the world. A few notable successes include:

ELAINE FAYE
CREDITS: MTV, VH1, CW

JOHN LOCKE
CREDITS: HIRED AS THE DRUMMER FOR TV HIT SERIES “GLEE”. ALSO JOHN HAS HIS OWN LABEL/RECORDING STUDIO WHERE HE HAS WORKED WITH AKON, OMARION AND MORE

JOO HAHN
CREDITS: BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR KOREAN MUSIC AWARDS

KENISHA PRATT
CREDITS: SINGER-SONGWRITER FOR BRANDY, JENNIFER LOPEZ, TONI BRAXTON

WHY MI?

New Technology

MI offers a digital-based BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) curriculum, providing a comprehensive music education with exclusive downloadable eBooks available on any mobile platform.

Professional

Instructors are working professionals, touring and recording with top artists, who bring their experiences back to the classroom.

24-7 Access

Over 75 Private practice labs, 12 performance rehearsal rooms and 30 project recording studios are available for all your needs.

Hollywood Campus

MI’s state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the entertainment industry has a Concert Hall, computer labs, classrooms with full backline and a fully-equipped Music Library.

Personalized

Small class sizes, private lessons and Open Counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.

All Music

500+ courses are offered every academic Quarter, covering a wide variety of core & elective subjects in music and the entertainment industry.