INDEPENDENT ARTIST PROGRAM

Learn the diverse skills needed to write, record and promote your original songs. MI’s Independent Artist Program provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist.

INDEPENDENT ARTIST PROGRAM

Learn the diverse skills needed to write, record and promote your original songs. MI’s Independent Artist Program provides the technical knowledge and professional skills you need to survive as an independent recording and performing artist.

CONTROL YOUR FUTURE

MI’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.

 

DEGREE OPTIONS

Certificate in Industry Study

CAREER OPTIONS

In addition to the many general music-related classes and electives offered at MI, the Independent Artist Program provides grads 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

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.

CURRICULUM

  • 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.
  • Enjoy unlimited, one-on-one, Project Advising sessions in our professional recording studios. 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, entertainment business, music theory, and graphic design.
  • 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.
  • 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 in to a session each week.
  • Work in one of our 4 professional recording studios, or directly on your laptop audio workstation as you learn to sequence, sample, record, edit and mix — the world is your studio.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

STUDENT CONSUMER DISCLOSURES

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Certificate in Independent Artist Development

PART-TIME PROGRAMS

Certificate in Independent Artist Development