About this Specialization

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In the current music industry, it is crucial that artists and producers are armed with a clear understanding of how the business works. To be successful in this business, you must have equal parts musical artistry and business savvy. In this specialization, you’ll learn about the various roles in the music industry, how to read and decipher a recording contract, and how to protect your assets in the United States under US copyright law. You’ll also learn how to launch your career as a producer, how to establish a vision and intention for the music you want to produce, and how to record music using the most popular industry standard digital audio workstation (DAW), ProTools.
Learner Career Outcomes
58%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
20%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
58%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
20%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Music Business Foundations

4.9
stars
1,654 ratings
425 reviews
Course2

Course 2

The Art of Music Production

4.8
stars
1,336 ratings
406 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Copyright Law in the Music Business

4.8
stars
307 ratings
70 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Pro Tools Basics

4.7
stars
445 ratings
161 reviews

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • E​ach course is 4 weeks so the whole specialization should take about 16 weeks to complete.

  • W​hile you do not need to take the courses in a specific order, we recommend taking The Art of Music Production before you take Pro Tools Basics.

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