This Specialization will give you the knowledge and tools you need to record and produce professional sounding music. You will begin by developing your identity, vision, and intention as an artist and producer. Next, you will learn the technical aspects of music production, including how sound is translated into audio signals, recording techniques, and effects such as reverb, delay, and compression. You will also learn how to use the industry standard Digital Audio Workstation, Pro Tools, to create professional recordings. Finally, you will apply the knowledge and tools you gained in a culminating 4-week Capstone where you will complete a project beginning at the pre-production stage through the recording, mixing, and mastering stages.
A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
You can complete the specialization at your own pace, however, if you stick to the schedule, the whole specialization is 18 weeks:
The Art of Music Production - 4 weeks
The Technology of Music Production - 4 weeks
Pro Tools Basics - 4 weeks
Capstone - 4 weeks
What background knowledge is necessary?
You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge in music production to take this specialization, however, if you are a seasoned music producer, this specialization will help you to continue to build your skills and hone your craft.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes. The recommended order is:
The Art of Production
The Technology of Production
Pro Tools Basics
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Upon completion of this specialization, you will be able to create professional sounding music recordings. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry as a producer or engineer, this specialization will help you gain some of the knowledge you will need.
What are the technology requirements for this Specialization?
Throughout this Specialization, you will be required to record yourself or others for your assignments. These assignments can be completed with anything from a smartphone or computer up to a fully equipped recording studio.
For the Pro Tools Basics course, you will need a computer and you will need to download Pro Tools for the Pro Tools Basics (there is a free version available). External microphones are not required, however they are recommended.
Technology requirements and recommendations are thoroughly covered at the beginning of each course.
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