Offered at One World College of Music, Study Courses cover a wide variety of skills we believe are necessary for a sound education in music. These courses are inculcated in the Performance Programme, Senior Study and Intensive Study Programmes, but they can also be opted for separately.

Song-writing:

The song-writing course is designed for students to learn the art of composing their own songs, understanding song structure, arrangement and lyricism, as well as dealing with common problems faced by artists such as “writer’s block”.

Students undergo training wherein each student is given a crash course on producing, as well as lyric writing, chord structures and chord scales, thus achieving a level of independency when it comes to writing and recording music.

Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Lyric writing:

The lyric writing programme at One World College of music aids students in organizing rhythms, rhymes and releasing several opinions, thoughts and emotions. Students engage in activities aimed at helping them identify the correct phrases and language to use when expressing their ideas, in order to create compelling verses, choruses and bridges that relate to an audience. The lyric writing programme is designed to go hand in hand with the song writing course.

Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Music Appreciation:

Students are taken through the history of music and its evolution, covering a variety of genres- from Baroque and Classical, to contemporary popular music (including Folk, Jazz, Latin and World music). The curriculum covers a brief overview of major composers and their music through lectures, listening, and watching musical examples. Part of the curriculum aids students in evolving their listening ability, which leads to a better understanding of music, and musical structures.

Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

Essential Music Skills/Applied Skills:

A course in musicianship and music making, students are trained in a variety of musical concepts, including music theory, rhythm, harmony and skills and technical foundations. This programme is essential towards all-round musical development.

Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Harmony (Vocal):

Designed specifically for aspiring vocalists learn how to sing great harmony by: Informing the mind, conditioning the ear and coordinating the voice. The Harmony curriculum covers practical applications of how harmony and melody work. It also involves ear training, as well as Harmony theory and practical group and choral singing sessions.

Course Level: Intermediate

Rhythm Studies:

Music is a time-based art form. Methods of managing and organizing time are critical to the music of all times and of all cultures, making Rhythm our primary tool for achieving such musical organization. Rhythm Studies is an in-depth analysis on the application of rhythm, and contemporary global rhythms in song-writing. 

Course Level: Beginner/ Intermediate

Breath and Voice Training:

Breathing and Voice Training is an important aspect for all performing artists (especially vocalists and voice-over artists). This intensive practical session aids students with diction, enunciation, articulation practice, rhythmic cuing, projection, clarity, breath-control and management. This course will benefit all voice users and of course anyone who uses their voice professionally – teachers, lecturers, musicians, managers and public speakers.

Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Jazz Studies:

Jazz Studies is a course designed to demistify Jazz and introduce students to the world of Jazz. The curriculum is focused around Jazz harmony, chord progressions, and a variety of Jazz styles such as swing, bebop, new Jazz and Latin. The course also includes music theory, Jazz rhythms, standards (tunes) and studying the music of‘Jazz Greats. Jazz Studies combines a solid musical foundation and improvised music study with course-material, involving practice routines and other areas related to creative development.

Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Improvisation and Harmony:

The improvisation and harmony course module is a study programme that teaches and develops advanced harmony and improvisational skills, concepts and techniques. Ideal for more experienced musicians wishing to widen their horizons, this course is a hands-on, assignment based exploration of the world of harmony, music theory, composition and arrangement and ear training.

Course Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Choral Training:

These practical sessions encompass singing in groups and choirs. The choral training programme is designed to develop vocal skill and technique in a working choral group, as well as learning how to apply the harmony and ear training skills you learn in a live setting. The choral programme also functions as a launchpad for choral ensemble sessions and performances promoted by the College.

Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Theory:

The Music Theory module is an exhaustive exploration of the development of music theory and is application in contemporary music. From reading and writing melody and harmony, to composing rhythm and arranging music, this is an intensive and very helpful approach to the language of music.

Course Level: Intermediate

Ear Training:

The Ear Training Course is a set of practical sessions which are designed to improve listening abilities which further enable students to effectively identify what they hear, as well as empower them to play or sing what they hear. The course covers melodic and harmonic interval and pitch training and improves qualitative identification abilities.

Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Technique:

A thorough, intense, progressive and detailed set of classes, the Technique Development sessions are aimed at improving your foundation in instrumental comfort and usage as well as training with advanced technique  to perfect your playing and performance.

Course Level: Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced

 Sound Engineering Course:

What’s sound engineering?

I frequently heard people being confused between sound engineering and music production.

A sound engineer is basically arranging sounds together, in live concert or in studio. The main task of a sound engineering is mixing music. People who do sound engineering has a technical knowledge on how to use gear (mixing desk, microphone, effects, speaker system).

The principal tool of a sound engineer, is his ears. The art of listening every details, fixing the problems, balance the different signal in a good proportion, embellish the comfort of the listener.

Sound engineers are music lovers. They always have a large knowledge in music, listening different styles.

In order to be a complete sound engineer, here are the description of the five modules available at One World Music School. Every module will be divided into theory class and practice class in order to provide to the student a real experience, and to make them ready to handle live or studio situation.

1 Basics of sound engineering

To start with sound engineering, Students will learn the basics of sound theory: what’s a frequency, a wavelength… Basics of acoustic will also be teached (comportment of a sound in a room, reflection, diffraction…)

The teacher will then propose a description of a simple audio chain (Microphone, pre amplification, mixing desk, monitor). This will allow the students to understand how to use the material properly.

Practical session will consist in using gear, experiment different setup.

After this module, student will be capable to setup a studio for recording session, decide which gear will be the most adapted for the situation.

2 Ear Training

The objective here is to develop listening capacities. For that the teacher will expose the students to different music style (rock, jazz, fusion, classical, latin, Blues, RnB…) as well as different instrument, the difference of timbre. this will develop the cultural background and the taste of the students.

The students will then have a view on the role of every instrument in a band, how it should sound, what it his function.

As a sound engineering should be able to make a sound sounding better, we will then listen to details of a sound, its attack, its sustain and its decrease. Using audio equipment, the teacher will propose different techniques to treat those detail, (using compressor, Equalizer…)

The teacher will make the students to listen signal with problem in it, in order to identify specific problem (moodiness of a guitar, excessive processing)

Some famous tracks will be attentively listened in class and discussed (Pink FLoyd, Radio head…) The objective here is to be able to put words on music. Every song create in the listener an emotive reaction, the teacher will show how the mixing process can increase those emotion.

After this module, the student will be capable of recognize a music style, identify the instruments and what he is hearing

3 Recording

this module is dedicated to microphone.

Teacher will briefly explain the different microphone technology (condenser, dynamic, electret, ruban), and there characteristics.

In practical session, students will use microphones in different situation, on different instruments, and will deduce which microphone are the best to use.

The teacher will show microphone position for different instruments (drums, acoustic guitar, guitar amp, flute…) While mic’ing instruments, students will experiment different microphone, different angle and distance to the source.

Microphone are sometimes used by pair, in order to cover a larger space. Different stereo couple are oftenly use in live situation as much as in studio. This techniques help the sound engineer to reproduce the sensation of stereophonie.

After this module, student will be capable of using microphone to record different events, using the good techniques, and avoiding the common mistakes.

4 Mixing and Mastering

The teacher will propose a methodology for mixing process. It consists in 8 steps to build a mix.

Every steps will be describe in class, and students will be given various mix to do, for every step of mixing. Practical class will consist in mixing together.

Every students will get time to manipulate gear (compressor, reverb…) in order to make a optimal use of it.

Tips and special creatives techniques will be given by the teacher, from his personal experience (how to bring a voice in front of the mix, more clear…)

The teacher will make students hearing brilliant mixed, and discuss it.

What is a mastering, why to do it, and how? This modules will make sure students understand what’s the challenge in mastering.

After this module, the students will be able to mix a track following a method, he will also be able add techniques to embellish the mix, add creativity to the song.

5 Live sound engineering

As live sound engineering is a very important part, the school will propose a module dedicated to it.

Specific equipment will be find in live situation in order to connect the stage with the FOH( where the sound engineer in standing during the show, normally in front of the stage),

Microphone are different, mixing techniques is different

As it is important to be organized in live (time is limited, musicians get irritated if you are too slow) real show will be organize for sound engineering students to mix.

The teacher will show and explain how to plan a setup in advance, without forgetting any cables or mics (draw schematics)

How to make a sound check (basically balancing the different signal properly, sending a signal to the musician on stage via monitor

How to mix a live show, being attentive to the comfort of the musicians, and the audience

After this module, the students will be able to handle a live show, from the setup till the end of the show