This Free Course In Music Production And Theory Teaches You With Tunes You Love

This Free Course In Music Production And Theory Teaches You With Tunes You Love

If you’re interested in making music, learning the basics of music production and music theory will serve you well — and this free course from NYU will teach you the ropes, at home, using your own computer and music you already know and love.

We’ve highlighted previous versions of this course, but a new partnership on the back end with Soundfly means you don’t have to passively take the course and make your own music based on what you learn: You can turn your computer into an instrument itself and jam along with your lessons, your favourite music and other music videos.

The basics are still there too though, you’ll get expert instruction in basic music theory and the ins and outs of music production, using tools like Scratch and Ableton, and music sharing services like Soundcloud. You’ll work with music from The Black Keys and Peter Gabriel, to name a few, to learn how professional recordings are made, produced, mixed and mastered. If any of that sounds interesting, check out our Lifehacker night school on music production, and sign up for the course at the link below.

Theory for Bedroom Producers: The Black Keys [Soundfly]


  • My ideas for songs have always outstripped my ability to actually create. Some educating would be helpful.

    The tune stuck in my head (at the moment) is a mashup of Phil Collins (In The Air Tonight) and Isaac Hayes (Theme from Shaft).

    Tentatively called “Shaft is Coming In The Air”

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