Best Online Courses to Level Up Your Music Career

From mixing and mastering, to songwriting and vocal training, here's our wrap of the best online courses for artists.

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Taking the time to level up your skills is important to make sure you're staying on top of your game and seeing real growth in your craft. From mixing and mastering to songwriting and vocal training, here’s our wrap of the best online courses to level up your music production. 

Make sure to also check out our "Music Industry Terms Every Artist Should Know" article, a glossary of music industry lingo that will help boost your knowledge and make informed career decisions.

Music Production with Deadmau5 - MasterClass

In his first-ever online class, Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) teaches artists how to approach melodies, mixing and mastering, and the business of music, sharing everything he’s learned about navigating the logistics of a recording career in this 23-part MasterClass series. “You learn by experience,” says Deadmau5. “I became business savvy because I learned very early on of how people get exploited with arts in general, and then more specifically, in music.” 


Ableton Live course by Noiselab

Noiselab offers one of the most comprehensive online courses for Ableton Live users around, with a heap of ‘out of the box’ lessons where tutors break down the production techniques of some of the biggest artists — like Kendrick Lamar, Carl Cox and more. 

Sign up for an account and check out the free course In The Studio Stint, a 10-part course hosted by Canadian producer and songwriter STINT. Best known for producing and co-writing music for artists such as AlunaGeorge, Portugal. The Man, and Sabrina Claudio, Stint breaks down the craft of some of the world’s biggest artists and gives his students an inside look at how he approaches synths, guitars, vocals, and effects.

Hip-Hop Beatmaking with Timbaland - MasterClass

Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland takes students behind the scenes of his process of creating iconic tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Aaliyah. In this 15-part MasterClass, learn how to collab with vocalists, layer new tracks, create a breakdown, and add a topline to your tracks. Timbaland also serves up his advice for persevering in your music career, revealing what drives him and how you can keep focused on your goals. 

Music Production, Live Performing - Girls Make Beats

Girls Make Beats is a US-based nonprofit with a mission to empower young female artists to pursue a career in the music industry. With a series of online classes, you can take lessons on music production, engineering, and live performing. Girls Make Beats offer scholarships for their program, available for up-and-coming female artists under 17. 

Breaking It Down - Amuse

Breaking It Down is our YouTube series we discuss everything related to your release and music distribution. We will explain FAQs as well as tips and tricks to help you in your music journey. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch the latest episodes.

All Access - Amuse

Our All Access YouTube series we chat with industry experts and friends to give insider tips to elevate artists' and creators' careers. From sampling and branding to making merch and music videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch the latest episodes.

Online Music Courses - Berklee MOOCs

The Berklee College of Music offers a massive collection of online courses that lets artists sample the “Berklee experience” for free, hosted by industry heavyweights like seven-time Grammy-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton; Grammy-winning producer and engineer Prince Charles Alexander (B.I.G, Alicia Keys), songwriter Pat Pattison and entertainment lawyer John Kellogg. Check out a list of their free courses here

Online Music Courses - TED-Ed

TED-Ed is the online learning extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Built by a network of more than 500,000 creators, the video-based interactive classes include lessons like “How to Read Music” to “Beatboxing 101” and a DJ tutorial with Cole Plante (Avicii, Major Lazer).

When you've applied what you've learned and are getting ready to release your next track, check out our article covering "Top Five Tips on Promoting Your Music".


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