About the course

What you’ll learn

Forging a successful career in music production or sound engineering requires a variety of different skills, techniques and expertise. Our Diploma prepares you for this by focusing on three key industry-relevant subject areas:

– Audio engineering and acoustics
– Music production and theory
– Management and music business

The Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is based on both instructor-led teaching and practice-based teaching. The duration of the program is 48 weeks, divided into three 16-week terms. Each term is comprised of lectures and workshops, for a total of 1170 contact hours, divided between the 3 terms of 390 hours each. Throughout the three terms students will go deeper into each of the subject areas so as to fundamentally increase their knowledge and skillset.

Our Abbey Road heritage is important in giving historical context. Students will learn about the evolution of the Studios and how innovation at Abbey Road helped drive the music industry forward. Alongside the history and theory, the program puts a strong emphasis on the application of technical skills, so students spend time both in dedicated lectures and independently working with Pro Tools and Logic as well as Ableton Live.

Our students participate in many practical opportunities that we make available to them. These include a wide range of ensembles, recording sessions and performance/composition workshops at our dedicated Art House Studios. We teach on industry standard equipment, including the latest generation Apple computers, an SSL Origin and Neve Genesys console, TubeTech, API, Neve and SSL outboard, Pro Tools, Logic X and Ableton Live, as well as a wide array of native plug-ins from our industry partners.

Lectures run from Monday to Thursday. The lecture duration is 4 hours, with the first three hours led by a lecturer dedicated to new content teaching and an additional teacher-led hour focused on practical student activities. This is aimed at ensuring the students understand the contents covered in the first block.

Tuesday evenings will also consist of a 3hr ear training session. Fridays are reserved for guest lectures, workshops, songwriting lab and production lab. The duration of these sessions is between 2 hours and 8 hours, depending on the content.

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My goal is for aspiring producers, engineers and artists to learn by direct experience. To be thrown in the middle of actual professional recording sessions and learn by doing, is the most effective, honest and responsible way of acquiring the skills needed for a career in music. I aim to guide, educate and inspire the future generations of music professionals while staying fully involved and engaged in my work as a music producer for the most important and upcoming artists of the industry.

Julio Reyes Copello, Managing Director

You will never get a better opportunity to not only study in a beautiful studio but to be in a real scenario surrounded by the best in the music business. Get ready for what is coming for you, it will change your life.

Nicolás Ramírez, Lecturer

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, London Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, London Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, London Graduate 2019