Music & Video Production at UCLA

By Margaret Lim

If you’re looking to break into the music business, there are several paths that can help you reach your goal. Learning film and music production for example may not put you in front of the camera or microphone but it could help you develop a career as a director or producer that calls the shots on a video shoot.

Future filmmakers (and video music editors) learn the art of editing using Apple computers and the latest version of Final Cut Pro.

Creating Looks & Lyrics
DMA’s Academy for Music and Video Production, is developed in partnership with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. This is a next-generation music camp that provides teens with the experience of music video production.

The entire process of music video production is taught—from mixing music with Apple’s Logic Studio, to writing lyrics, to editing video footage with Apple’s Final Cut Pro. DMA campers taking Music Video Production at DMA’s UCLA location found this out last summer.

Making Music & Videos
Students wanting to learn music and video production come to DMA from across the United States for a variety of reasons. Christian C. is from Monroe, Georgia, “(DMA’s) teachers are young and can relate to any music style.” Students are amazed at how much they learn in such a short time. “You can go into this course without any knowledge.” Stephen H. is from La Canada, CA, “By the end of the week, you’ll think you can anything with Logic and Final Cut Pro!”

Most students that attend Digital Media Academy don’t have prior experience with music production or playing a musical instrument, but with hands-ons instruction from professionals they quickly learn what it takes to make a great song.