Music Production Workshop

Boston
Ages 15+
Delve into music production techniques with our world-renowned Music Production and Engineering Department faculty and facilities. Customize your entire experience by selecting your classes, which include topics such as modern record production, multitrack recording and mixing techniques, and DJ production skills. The weekend culminates in a keynote address and presentation featuring a noted industry professional.
Dates
June 23-June 25
Arrival Date / Time
Coming Soon
Move-out
Coming Soon
Tuition
$1,750
Housing
$480
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration by February 2.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by May 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing by June 11. If you will be age 15 or older by the start of your program and require on-campus accommodations, complete the Residence Hall Contract in the Next Steps tab of your registration portal .

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.

Curriculum

Throughout the workshop, several concurrent breakout sessions are offered in each time slot. You can self-select which session to attend in any given time slot over the course of the weekend, as space allows. Offerings range from introductory to intermediate levels of skill and preparation. Participants have limited hands-on opportunities, and most seminars are demonstration-based.

The following list of classes gives you a sense of what to expect: 

  • Critical Listening: Explore techniques used to analyze popular recordings from a variety of perspectives, both technical and musical.
  • Business of Music Production: Discuss licensing, publishing, royalties, contracts, and distribution.
  • Demystifying Mastering: Even for those who have heard of it, mastering is a discipline shrouded in mystery. Every song on the Billboard Top 100 has been mastered, and every record made by a major artist gets mastered. So, what is it?
  • Making and Selling Your Own Recordings: Learn how mastering can enhance your final product, how to prepare for manufacturing, how to design your package, and about the most successful marketing methods for independently released albums.
  • Multitrack Mixing Techniques: Explore the aesthetic choices related to the balance, dynamics, arrangement, preparation, and realization of a successful mix.
  • Multitrack Recording Techniques: Participate in an accelerated workshop covering many aspects of recording, including microphone selection and placement, equalization, and dynamic signal processing.
  • Project/Home Studio Design and Setup: Learn about basic equipment requirements, budget considerations, affordable acoustic modifications, and the formation of appropriate expectations.
  • Turntable Techniques: Learn about the historical development of the turntable, from its origins in Jamaican music to its prominence in hip-hop and contemporary music. Develop basic skills using the turntable for performance/live expression and as a production tool. 
  • Vocal Production: It’s all about the vocals; ask any established producer. This session will focus on how to help your vocalist give you the best, truest vocal performance, and how to enhance that performance by “comping” (combining parts of different vocal takes), context-based level-riding, and phrasing adjustment to augment emotion.
  • Keynote Presentation: The weekend culminates in a presentation by a noted industry professional.
  • Evening Sessions: Enjoy open recording and mix sessions, demonstrations, and lab time.
Schedule

Below is a sample of a typical day in the program. 

Time Event
8:00 a.m–9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m.–10:15 p.m. Extended Evening Breakout Sessions or Open Time in the DJ Lab or Virtual Reality Space

Schedule subject to change

Requirements

All students 15 and older with some background in production are welcome to attend.

Once You've Enrolled

Once you're enrolled visit our Next Steps for Enrolled Students to make sure you have everything you need for your program.

Check your email for important information

  • You should continue to check the email that you used to enroll in the program for important information.
  • You will receive a detailed check-in email with information regarding your assigned arrival location, housing assignment, and a link to view your program schedule one to two weeks prior to the start date of your program.
  • When you arrive on campus, you will receive additional program information to guide you through your program.

What to pack 

  • With the exception of pianists and drummers, students are expected to bring their instruments to all summer programs. Review our list of instruments and gear to bring to your program in this knowledge base article.
  • If you are staying on campus, you can reference this packing list with any additional items you’ll need while attending your program.