Management and Music Business

Course Curriculum

The Advanced Diploma is an intensive one year programme which is taught across 48 weeks. The course is then divided into three terms, with each term building on the knowledge and skills you learnt in the previous term.

Using our progressive continuous learning method each module will cover historical and theoretical content alongside practical and technical skills so you develop a rounded knowledge and skill set within each area.

The breadth of the course means that alongside learning what equipment, techniques and microphones to use you also learn why you use them. This will help you develop your own expertise and understanding of how to create different sounds and effects.

Subject Areas

Within the diploma we cover all of the following subject areas: Acoustics, Computer, Copyright and Legal issues, Digital Audio Technology, Electronics and Analogue Equipment, General Business (Publishing & Marketing), Management Skills, Mastering, Microphones, Mixing and Critical Listening, Music Theory and Production, Production, Recording, Sound Theory, Studio Equipment and Signal Processing, Studio Etiquette and Musicianship.

Below you can browse through the three terms and see the breakdown of modules for each term.

Management and Music Business

These are the learning outcomes for this subject area.

You will be able to:

• Discuss the general attributes of the music industry;
• Identify the different roles of professionals operating in the music industry;
• Discuss the concepts of intellectual property and copyright;
• Explain the fundamentals of music publishing;
• Discuss the concepts of royalties and licensing;
• Perform basic music royalty calculations;
• Recall fundamentals aspects of music business;
• Analyse small business accounting-related documentation;
• Draft simple business plans;
• Recall the fundamentals of marketing;
• Analyse small-scale marketing strategies;
• Draft simple marketing plans;
• Assess historical examples of artist management;
• Recall the basic concepts of artist management;
• Evaluate current trends in the music industry;
• Engage in discussions about possible future developments in the music industry;
• Identify key aspects of efficient teamwork;
• Work in teams collaboratively, maximising group-based outcomes;
• Recall the main characteristics of good presentations;
• Present their ideas in front of a small audience

By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?

Janice Wong, Amsterdam Graduate 2017

Abbey Road Institute is not a school, it is a high end production studio with a control room full of learners.

Théo Dorey, Amsterdam Graduate 2016

When you come here, it’s all about being eager to learn, put in the time, and believe in what you do. Hard work pays off.

Emiliano Caballero, Lecturer

“Every day spent here felt like I was better than the day before. It is beautiful to think in colours, mix with flavours and develop a unique way to listen and understand music. Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude, things which are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute“

Stefan Roscovan, Amsterdam Graduate 2017

From the moment I entered Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam it took me a total of 5 minutes to realise that I came to the right place. It has been one of the best experiences, meeting new friends for life from all over the world. You learn so, so much in just 1 year in an incredible environment, which has to be felt to understand.

Fabian Brummel, Amsterdam Graduate 2017