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Professional Diploma In Pop Music Production

Course Type: Music Production

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students should be able to

  • Master the fundamental of composing
  • Master the operation and application of digital music software
  • Understand more on different song structures and chord progressions
  • Understand the music theory and the application of Pop Piano
  • Master the skills of making high-quality demos
  • Understand and master recording, sound editing and control skills
  • Master the skills, knowledge and decision-making skills needed to become an outstanding song producer


This course is taught by well experienced music producers, composers, professional musicians and senior professionals in the industry, including:

Kelvin Ngai
Ronald Ng
Raymond Wan
Nick Wong
DJ Galaxy
Edwina Lai
DJ Ngai
Samuel Chan
Kin Yan
Cheung Cho Kiu
Yu Yat Yiu
Tsang Chun Ping
Chris Fu
Kathy Lee
Ada Chu
Chow Tsz Hin
Kung Lai

or professional music production instructors


Kelvin Ngai


Ronald Ng

Raymond Wan

Raymond Wan


Nick Wong


DJ Galaxy


Edwina Lai


DJ Ngai


Kin Yan


Cheung Cho Kiu


Yu Yat Yiu


Tsang Chun Ping


Chris Fu


Kathy Lee


Ada Chu


Chow Tsz Hin


Kung Lai


  • Practical grade 5 piano or equivalent qualifications AND pass the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music grade 5 Music Theory Examination or equivalent qualifications or
  • Completed BSM’s basic course of music composition or
  • Passed the audition (including submission of personal works, submission of musical training background, etc. Please contact our staff for details.)

Medium of Instruction

Mainly in Cantonese (supplemented in English)

Equipment Recommendations

In order to meet the learning needs of the course, it is recommended that students configure the following basic equipment by themselves:

  • Laptop (Mac) (Semester 1 and above)
  • Logic Pro X (Semester 1 and above)
  • Antares Auto-Tune, Pro Tools and iLok USB key (semester 2 and above)

Course Assessment and Certificate Awarding

  • To successfully complete the entire course, the student must maintain 70% of attendance rate, an assessment must be completed, and a passing score of at least 50 marks must be obtained.
  • Successful completion of the designated semester will be awarded with the relevant professional certificate or professional diploma

Course Introduction

This diploma course is divided into three semesters, covering four major areas of music production:

(1) Songwriting Composing is the first step of producing professional music. The course covers a variety of melodic writing techniques, analysis and theories, creating a strong foundation for a professional song. Moreover, under the guidance of a number of composers who are active in the music industry, students will have a better understanding of how the professionals combine different musical elements and evolve into more professional pieces.

(2) Music Technology Guiding students to master the skills of digital technology to transform music concepts into professional demos, and learn how to use various music production software applications to create their own professional music.

(3) Arranging In this chapter, students can fully understand the varieties and timbres of instruments for different arrangements, and master on how to arrange different song styles in order to cooperate the melody with the arrangement better.

(4) Song Producer The Elite Music Producer Course for Song Production is regarded as the most important chapter. This chapter focus on music theory and practices, simulate professional music production procedures to understand the requirements of true professional standards. This would improve students’ abilities on becoming a professional (Composing, lyrics-writing, arranging, recording and mixing, etc.). Also, the school will arrange meetings with professional composers in the field to share valuable experiences and provide guidance, setting high-level goals for the final project in order for students to become excellent music producers.

Course Structure

  • Semester 2 – Arranging Pop Music and Advanced Contemporary Composition Course
  • Semester 3 – Elite Song Supervision Course

Semester 1

Module 1 : MIDI & Digital Recording Techniques

  • Basic equipments & setup of home studio
  • Basic knowledge in MIDI & digital recording
  • DAW (e.g. Logo Pro X or Ableton Live or other recommended softwares) and Mac application skills
  • Audio Editing
  • Skills to produce a high-quality Demo
  • Basics skills of recording and editing
  • Selection on basic sound libraries/instruments

Module 2 : Pop Music Composition
Composition skills

  • Aural training
  • Development of music theory and keyboard skills
  • Analysis on song structure (paragraphs/elements/chords)
  • Basics of arranging
  • Develop different music styles and creative ideas
  • Hook line development
  • Lyric-writing skills for Demo
  • Pop music and electronic music composition
  • Classification of music styles (Music Genre Analysis)

Semester 2

Module 3 : Pop Music Arrangement and Advanced Pop Music Composition
MIDI/ Digital Audio

  • Basic application of computer software (Pro Tools)
  • Logic Pro X (or Ableton Live; or designated muscial software)
  • Using Pro Tools in music production
  • Knowledge on selecting music libraries/instruments/sampling, and other music production softwares
  • Application of hardwares

Advance Pop Music Composition

  • Aural ability: Chord, Rhythm, etc.
  • Numbered musical notation writing
  • Communication skills between song writers (e.g. composer & lyricist)
  • Advanced knowledge in chords, to strengthen the sense of rhythm and highlight emotional expressions in song
  • Study and learn different styles in pop music

Advanced Remix

  • Study different types of music arrangement styles
  • Chord progression and chord variations according to different music styles
  • Introduction of commonly used instruments / music libraries and their different characterics and skills in music arrangemnent

Semester 3

Module 4 : Production of Song

  • Training students’ aural abilities
  • Advanced application of Pro Tools
  • Theory of studio setting, recording and mixing
  • Post-production skills in editing and vocal tuning (Auto-Tune)
  • Skills in production and vocal recording
  • Knowledge related to music industry / copyright
  • Music production
  • Setting up music production benchmark and philosophy as a producer
  • Training the producer’s producing and decision-making ability on top of various production units
  • Quality control and judgment in music production (including melody, lyrics, arrangement and recording, etc.)
  • Ability of sound controlling during sessions
  • Communication and cooperation between producer and lyricist or other musicians/arrangers/mixing engineers
  • Producer’s skills on evaluating lyrics
  • Communicate with musicians and offering clear guidance
  • Course-end assignment: produce songs in different styles (at least one song of Pop style or EDM style)

*Baron School of Music reserves the right to change the content and rules of the original course or unit at any time, including but not limited to the start date, content, Medium of instruction, number of classes, class time, location, instructor, course fees, regulations, etc. If the number of applicants is insufficient, Baron School of Music reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses or units. Students should pay attention to the latest information changes released by Baron School of Music through official email notifications or through other channels.