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right okay so I want to study music production at uni next year, I can produce instrumentals and beats, sing, and write lyrics but struggle with the theory side of it and don’t actually have any grades for any instruments (I can use a midi keyboard but know no theory on it). Will I be able to complete a music production course starting like this? Will it be taught within the course? I already make decent music on my own but am looking to further my knowledge. I don't wanna pay 9 grand to be painfully under qualified when I get there
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I don’t know why you’re asking here, the best thing to do would be to look at Uni’s module/course guides and see what they teach and what they expect.

Music theory was taught to all music students at college level when I was that age, really it’s stuff you can easily find online and learn yourself. You have a year, not to mention more reason to be at home where you can study since covid has social restrictions.

You will benefit from learning it on a personal level as it gives you a deeper understanding of the language that music is. What you’re doing right now is either trial and error or educated guesses based on songs you’ve already heard, whilst that can be inspiring, I find it can also be quite hollow when you get to a section where it just doesn’t feel as powerful as you want. Knowing theory is basically like being a handyman who has to borrow whatever tools are available on-site because you didn’t bring your own kit.
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As above - stop being lazy and check the entry requirements on a range of Music Technology courses yourself.
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(Original post by averagemusicprod)
right okay so I want to study music production at uni next year, I can produce instrumentals and beats, sing, and write lyrics but struggle with the theory side of it and don’t actually have any grades for any instruments (I can use a midi keyboard but know no theory on it). Will I be able to complete a music production course starting like this? Will it be taught within the course? I already make decent music on my own but am looking to further my knowledge. I don't wanna pay 9 grand to be painfully under qualified when I get there
Hi! I would strongly recommend you to have a look at SAE Institue! It offers a 2-Year degree in Audio Production. The university is very well known in the industry as the working ethics and experience that you will learn are very high quality. I have just finished the degree and I started with basic knowledge on Live Sound but didn't know how to properly use a DAW and working in the studio. The fact that it's a 2-year course makes everything great: you'll learn the real-life experience of being in a fast-paced environment and always working on something, as well as having a lot of hands-on practice time with the equipment (You'll also safe that extra 9k by the degree not being 3 years). Although the course is mainly focused in studio recording, mixing, and mastering, you can also choose electives such as electronic music production, live sound, sound for games/films... which will make your experience at uni more interesting and you'll finish with a lot of expertise in different fields in the Audio Industry.

You can check the studios and equipment in the virtual campus tour. There are four campuses in the UK: London, Liverpool, Glasgow and Oxford.

I hope this helps,
Claus
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(Original post by averagemusicprod)
right okay so I want to study music production at uni next year, I can produce instrumentals and beats, sing, and write lyrics but struggle with the theory side of it and don’t actually have any grades for any instruments (I can use a midi keyboard but know no theory on it). Will I be able to complete a music production course starting like this? Will it be taught within the course? I already make decent music on my own but am looking to further my knowledge. I don't wanna pay 9 grand to be painfully under qualified when I get there
Hiya! So about a year ago, I was in a similar position actually
I'm currently applying to uni to study Music Tech and Audio Production and, prior to a year ago, I knew no theory. Having been in both boats, one thing I would say is that you can't learn 'passion' for music which is the most important thing when studying a music course imo. This time last year, I knew no music theory so, if you put the hard work in and demonstrate to your unis that you are willing to persist with learning more about music theory, I say go for it! One thing I would suggest is narrowing down your route though cause this will tell you what specific bits of theory will be helpful. For example, if you're looking to be a sound engineer rather than a producer, knowledge of types of chords and modes may not be as important as you're working on the technological side rather than creative. If you have any other questions, feel free to message (I know of some courses that don't require music a level, physics, maths etc. if you want any suggestions) 😊
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