Music Production is a department of the MAI, which stands out among sound studies from other schools. This program takes place in a highly musical environment. We did not want to fall into the trap of “virtual programs” that are disconnected from the realities of the profession and that many schools still follow.
“YOU WILL BE A PART OF THIS CREATIVE MOSAIC FROM THE BEGENING TO THE END OF YOUR STUDIES”
If during your training you wish to work with singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers or keyboard players you will have the option to! Just snap your fingers and you will have them at once during the entirety of your studies. If you need assistance for arranging, composing or songwriting the MAI is full of talented and competent people to help you. If during your free time you want to practice recording, go ahead! Many of our classrooms are full of rehearsals and workshops in all areas everyday of the week. In most sound production schools, your classmates are your competitors, here you might find your artistic soul mate for future professional collaborations.
Microphones – Acoustic Sound Recording – Equalization, Compression – Signal Processing – Mixing/Analog and Digital Editing…
This part covers that magical place, which is totally dependent on the technical and social knowledge of the person in the control booth. Our deepened, all around apprenticeship will put you in a position to face harsh recording sessions daily. From digital and analog consoles to microphones, signal and dynamics processing, acoustics laws, mastering, postproduction, mixing, to effective management of musicians, arrangers, producers and singers. Every student of this program must work in collaboration with a singer for the MAI Vocal program and accomplish a professional production from top to bottom.
Electroacoustic Process – Technology – Wiring – Front of House, Monitors, Stage – Recording – Events Management – Live Recording… This profession is among those currently offering the most hiring opportunitites.
Becoming a high-performance player in this field demands far more than mere knowledge of mixing, equalizing, using gates, compressors, effects or microphones. Team work, clever communication with artists and producers, safety regulation, troubleshooting reflexes, knowledge of stage design and lights are very much needed.
As a student you will be allowed, at your own wish, to mix for and/or record concerts, rehearsals, stage events. Approximately every 2 weeks, you will have the privilege of participating in the production of a concert, within the MAI, with some of the biggest names in French and international music. All along your training, you will also get a chance to enrich your knowledge by taking part in big shows with extremely professional, state-of-the-art equipment, outside of the school in professional venues such as the Zenith, festival sets, and others.
SOUND For VISUALS
Acoustics and Psycho-Acoustics – Foley and Sound Effects – Music/Storyboard – Film and Animation Music – Video, Format, Resolution – TV Broadcast…
Advanced expertise in sound and image is a must today for anyone choosing a sound engineering profession. Camera handling and manipulation, editing on Final Cut Pro, film score operating principles, video design, storyboard, post-synchronization and more, are all part of the technical knowledge expected today.
MIDI Standard – Virtual Instruments – Sequencer – Sound Card – Sampling and Synthesis…
Sequencers, MIDI, sound sampling and synthesis are the basic fulcrum in computer music. Efficient use of Pro-Tools, Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer and Reason together with the mastering of virtual synthesizers, effects plug-ins, sound design, soundbank, grooves design, are a essential for you get your artistic ideas off the ground quickly.
As a student, you will have to carry out projects that fit within advertising/film music, jingles and playbacks, new media products, dance, pop, variety, electronic music, hip hop and R&B.
Creation and Edition – Still and Moving Image – Image, Sound and Video – On-Line and Off-Line Interactivity – Network and Database…
Multimedia learning is characterized by bringing together on the same digital medium at least two elements of text, sound, still and moving images. Therefore, it will be necessary for you to gain command of software ranging from computer-aided design and publishing to synthesis animation and image, web editor, graphic design, audio and video editing.
MIDI Standard – Virtual Instruments – Sequencer – Sound Card – Sampling and Synthesis…
The boundaries used to be well defined between sound recording, programmers, composers, arrangers, producers, studio musicians, video editors, sound engineers, sound designers, studio technicians, website builders, computer music or multimedia creators. Today, however, anyone working within the sound and image scope is required to show skills in all these areas. As a Music Production student, you will work on your digital skills and your artistic sensibility. This strategic versatility, acquired through varied techniques will put you in a position to ensure technical and artistic common thread in music projects, advertising soundtracks and special effect projects, post-synchronization, dubbing, and so on.
Admission required level
No specific degree or educational level is required. Authentic motivation, solid skills and a good musical background are the only requested and recommended criteria for your success.
Write a personal statement and send it along with a sound file (on USB key or CD) of you playing or singing for 10 minutes or more – MAI reserves the right to keep letters and CDs sent. Following jury assessment, a notice will be sent back to you.
If the notice is positive, take contact with admission office for audition and interview appointment. Only the above assessment is determinant of your admission to MAI. The interview will confirm your level and guide the choosing your curriculum.
You will be scheduled to be auditioned according to your availability.
After your application has been accepted and your financing method validated, send back the completed registration form together with the deposit cheque.
Upon day of course start, every student will receive a welcome file with all necessary information material.
Courses are 34 weeks in length, that is 1020 hours, on a 30h/week basis.
Students are sent in training center for 4 weeks and are allowed 1 week off (self-training, internship or break).
Each student has to complete a 175-hour internship in a company.
34 semaines de cours
30 heures par semaine = 1020 heures
1 semaine d’autoformation toutes les 4 semaines.
Stages en entreprises de 175 heures
In France, all large corporations, SMEs and self-employed workers are bound by the law to an annual contribution supporting vocational continuing education with accredited operators (OPCO). Various funding pathways are thus available, depending on the respective professional status of the students.
IF YOU ARE AN OCCASIONAL ENTERTAINMENT WORKER, AUTHOR, ARTIST OR STRINGER
The AFDAS is the accredited operator (OPCO) in charge of your rights to competency development training.
For more information, visit AFDAS website links below:
• AFDAS training financial aid (lien hypertexte)
• AFDAS training financial aid for stringer journalists (lien hypertexte)
As for work transition cases (CPF-TP), the FONGECIF is the operator in charge, available at the link below:
• FONGECIF training financial aid (lien hypertexte)
IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE
3 funding schemes are available:
• Competency development plan
This plan combines all training actions defined within the company staff management policy. Companies with annual contributions higher than the minimum legal and conventional rates are beneficiaries of additional training aids.
How does it all work?
If you are an employee:
Professional contributions in favor of competency development allow all companies under the 50employee mark to finance every training action defined within article L6313-2 of French labor code. Consult with your employer, HR department or corresponding competent organizations for more information.
If you are an occasional worker:
Provided that you completed a minimum of 2 years as an occasional worker and the amount of fees earned or days worked as required by your respective occupational category, your tuition is likely to be fully covered by the AFDAS within competency development plan framework. In case you do not meet these conditions within the last 24 months, consult with an AFDAS adviser to consider alternative financing schemes.
• CPF personal training account – formerly DIF (individual right to training)
This account system allows workers to accumulate training hours on a basis of 24 hours per year worked as for the 120-hour maximum or 12 hours per year worked as for the 150-hour maximum.
All DIF hours formerly accumulated until December 2014 are credited into CPF system, while the total accumulation cannot overstep the 150-hour limit. If applicable to you, DIF hours formerly accumulated are yours to report on www.moncompteformation.gouv.fr based on last proof of DIF hours balance received.
While DIF system had no restriction on training pathways, under CPF the worker is only entitled to training programs listed on the official records collectively drawn up by management and labor, and necessarily resulting in the obtention of a diploma, a job title, a French CQP (professional qualification certificate), credentials and so on.
If the AFDAS is in charge of your CPF budget, call at +33 1 44 78 38 44 and consult with them about the possibility of combining different financial aids in case your CPF hours are insufficient.
The AFDAS may also provide you counseling and assistance for your project through career development expertise from a CEP advisor. All useful information is available at www.mon-cep.afdas.com for a full access to larger resources covering all professions and jobs, that will help you connect with a CEP advisor.
• CPF- TP account for work transition – formerly CIF (individual training leave)
This account is fully under the initiative of the employee, designed to allow professional development, change of career or sector, qualification acquisition or upgrading. Any CPF-TP request must be submitted to the FONGECIF 3 months before the training starting date.
The FONGECIF helps with all information you may need on CPF-TP account:
Who is eligible to CPF-TP?
All employees can claim rights to CPF-TP provided that they fulfil the required minimal length of service as an employee (set by decree, but still to be issued to date). Are excluded however, beneficiaries of OETH (obligation to employ disabled workers) and all individuals who did not take a training after dismissal for inadequacy or economic redundancy.
When to use your CPF-TP?
CPF-TP only applies to a certifying training program taken within a work transition context.
What are the necessary steps for a CPF-TP request?
The employee can benefit from a CEP career development accompaniment for the training project. The CEP operator ought to inform, guide and help the employee in the formalizing of the project and ultimately provide a funding plan proposal.
The employee is then entitled to an initial review of all professional skills and experience acquired that would allow an alleviation on the duration of the suggested training.
The training project is finally submitted to the CPIRs (regional inter-professional joint committees) so as to:
1- assess the relevance of the project and the skills initial review;
2- examine the funding application;
3- authorize the project implementation and funding;
4- ensure the administrative management of the project.
Upon completion of this process, the applicant will be notified of the substantiated decision.
All the exact operational modalities of this new administrative machinery will be issued by decree soon.
IF YOU ARE A SELF-EMPLOYED WORKER
Feel free to contact the chamber of commerce, chamber of crafts, FIF PL (liberal profession training funds) or liberal profession OPCAs (accredited collecting funds for training – except chartered accountants) for more information.
IF YOU ARE A JOB SEEKER
Pole Emploi (French employment office), regional councils and/or local missions offer training financial aid. The latter is offered on a case-by-case basis, based on specific criteria. Contact your Pole Emploi advisor to learn more.