Diploma in Music Production
The Music Production Diploma is a practical, industry-relevant course, providing students with the skills required to start a career in the music business. This programme includes training in the operation of modern sound equipment and music technology.
Taught by music industry specialists and professional producers, the course gives students one of the most rounded and intensive practical programmes currently available. Students graduate equipped with a broad skill set that allows them to launch their entertainment career or follow further academic pursuits within this discipline.
The Diploma in Music Production provides the necessary foundation for pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of Music Production.
The course will course will run for 2 academic years (4 semesters)
- 24 contact hours per unit and an average of 7 units per semester
- Class hours 8.30am – 10.30am; 11.00am – 1.00pm; 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Music Production Units
- Music Theory
- Intro to Musical Instruments
- Intro to Live Sound
- Critical Music Listening I
- Digital Audio Environment
- Introduction to Acoustics Microphone Techniques
- Music Theory II
- Musical Instruments II
- Live Sound Setup
- Audio Processing
- Music Business & Ethics
- Music Appreciation
- Music Theory III
- Music Appreciation
- Live Concert Sound
- Critical Music Listening II
- Composing Music for Film and TV
- Projects & Portfolio Review
- Projects & Portfolio Review
- Composing Music for Media
- Music Project, Classroom
- Live Sound Senior Practicum (Projects)
Through a series of music business projects, you will learn how to:
- Release a professional music single/compilation/album
- Design the creative concept for the CD insert
- Design a marketing plan for your album release
- Organize gigs and live shows.
- Produce a music video in support of your music release.
- Apply knowledge of complex analogue and digital audio systems.
ADMI’s state of the art facilities provides the students with unparalleled access to world-class equipment and software.
The equipment includes:
- An acoustically treated studio
- Various types of studio microphones
- C|24 DAW workstation
- Three computer labs with Macs and PCs
ADMI has invested in industry standard software:
- Pro tools
- Ableton live
There are plenty of career opportunities available to you in the field of music, whether your interest lies within live sound and show production, entertainment business or audio production and engineering. The music industry has evolved immensely over the past decade with technology become a core aspect of production and distribution. This has introduced several new career options for you to explore.
Thanks to the advancement of technology in music production you will be able to record, mix, and master music at a professional caliber at an affordable rate. You can also harness and practice your skills from the comfort of your own home.
As a music producer, you will spend your day:
- Meeting with the recording artist and deciding on the arrangement and the overall theme of the song.
- Deciding on what instruments or equipment to be used.
- Recording the instrument and the voice separately.
- Completing the mixing and mastering the record with the help of an engineer.
- Looking for financial backing for the project and negotiating with the distributors of the record.
Who will be your employers?
There are many options open to you as a trained music producer inside and outside music. If you choose to follow a music career, you may have to take on several roles with different employers and work on both a freelance and contract basis. For example, you could combine teaching with freelance performance work, as well as doing contract work on particular projects.
Employers include a range in the cultural and creative industries:
- Music production companies
- Music retailers
- Media organizations – including music magazines and licensing bodies
- Music schools and colleges
- Orchestras and touring companies
- Travel industry companies e.g. Hotels, summer camps
- Mental healthcare providers and charitable organizations
- The armed forces
- Content producers including film and gaming companies
Below are some careers to consider as a graduate of ADMI. This is not an exhaustive list. It is also important to understand that creating a successful career in music, entertainment & the performing arts, also involves having multiple skills across various areas.
- Music Producer
- Song Writer
- Recording Engineer
- Record/Music Producer
- Sound Designer
- Instrument Tech/Specialist
- Live Sound Engineer
- Sound Mixer
- Recording Studio Manager
Wainaina first stepped into the world of music in 1996 with Five Alive, a gospel a cappella group. His notable releases include ‘Kenya Only’, a song that instantly made him Kenya’s favorite modern musician. His adaptation of a Kikuyu folk tune ‘Ritwa Riaku’ was added to the playlist of every radio station in the nation soon after.
Alicia Keys wrote her first song “Butterflyz” when was fourteen which was included on her debut album “Songs in A Minor”. Her first album
was a commercial success, with one of its singles entitled “Fallin’” reaching Number 1 in the United States charts and Number 3 in the United Kingdom.
KCSE C- or above, with a C- or above in Kiswahili, English, Mathematics and at least one science subject OR A-levels with 2 principle passes.
Basic computer proficiency is required. Attach certificates to your application.
Each course has its own specific requirements. Please enquire from the administration what requirements apply to the course of your choice.
Patrick Kabugi is an award-winning Composer, Sound Designer and Post Production Sound Mixer for Film and TV. He has been teaching at ADMI since January 2015 and has composed music and mixed Sound for Films, Documentaries, TV/Radio commercials, TV series and Radio Drama, serving a diverse range of clients including Safaricom, KCB, and UNICEF. Patrick holds a Diploma in Music for TV (Music for the Media – UK), a Certificate in Sound for Film from DW Akademie and a BA degree from the University of Nairobi. He is also an Alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus – Berlin Germany (Sound Design and Composing Music for Film)
Wanjira Ireri is a professional musician, as well as a music educator. A singer and guitarist, she has performed to international acclaim, including at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee concert for Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. Wanjira has been teaching Music Production at ADMI since 2015. She graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and also holds certificates from the Associate Board of Royal Schools of Music in guitar and music theory.
Ben Omol Is the founder of Bright Spark Media Kenya with advanced skills in content marketing and advertising. He is also a mentor at iHub, Nairobi passionate about growing brands through creative ideas in both marketing and futurism innovation. Ben has a strong background in brand management, content creation, advertising and event management. He was a brand Manager and radio programmer at Kiss FM Kenya. Ben currently teaches units in Sound Engineering and Music Production at Africa Digital Media Institute.