There are plenty of us out there eager to get our hands dirty and learn how to produce, edit, write and play music, but are simply too time poor to take on a full time, or even part time study load. That’s why the Australian Institute of Music has introduced a collection of short courses. To enable people to get some hands on experience with some accomplished working musicians and get the fundamentals down so they can work on their own material in their own time. We sat down with AIM to learn a little more about these short courses, and what makes them so worthwhile.
What are the short courses available?
AIM offers courses in Ableton, DJ’ing, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Songwriting, Music Production for the songwriter, Music Theory, Vocal Skills, Instrument Skills, Music Business, Dance and more.
Where are the short courses located, and what facilities are on offer?
The short courses are located at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney and Melbourne. Both campuses are close to public transport and feature state of the art facilities and equipment.
Who are the teachers?
The short course teachers are extremely active in the music industry. Many of them are recognisable artists who have a passion for music and education. A few of our teachers hold residencies at some of the most well-known and exciting venues in Sydney and Melbourne. One of our teachers just released a pop music EP that’s gaining independent radio play. These teachers aren’t your after school tutor – they have fresh ideas and are super current.
What makes AIM short courses different from others?
AIM short courses are specially tailored to the students in each class. They are not ‘cookie-cutter’ classes. The teachers adapt and mould the content based on each student’s interests and goals, along with what is current in music at the time of the course.
What is the process and requirements for enrolling?
To enrol in a short course, you will need to complete and hand in an enrolment form, along with a 20% deposit payment (to secure your place in case the course fills up) by the deadline for that particular session.
Are there any prerequisites, or combinations of prerequisites that are preferred?
The short courses are available for students of all levels for anyone 17 and older. From the songwriter with decades of experience, to the novice producer, or for anyone who is just looking to have some fun and try something new; there is something available for everyone.
What is the size of the average class? Anywhere between 4 – 12 students.
What teaching methods are used?
The short courses are very hands on, focusing on practical applications. While the first half of each class is usually a lecture component, the second half consists of students doing what they came in to learn about. They are able to show the class and teacher what they are working on and get valuable feedback.
What is the average duration of a short course?
Most of our short courses are 6 weeks, although we also offer a few weekend intensives and one-off workshops.
How many hours per week on and off campus?
The six week short courses are once per week for 2 hours in class. The amount of time put in outside of class will differ for each student – it’s very much self-directed. Even if students only put in the 2 hours per week minimum, they will gain valuable skills and knowledge.
Are the hours flexible?
The short courses have set days and times, but are from 6-8PM on weeknights, which is perfect for anyone who works during the day.
What are the costs of your short courses?
$385 inc GST. We offer an installment option which splits the payment in 2 – the rst half is paid 1 week before the course begins, and the second is paid half way through the duration of the course.
To learn more about the Australian Institute of Music short courses visit www.aim.edu.au.