Modern Commercial Arranging & Production

This intensive and in-depth masterclass for intermediate to advanced musicians will develop lifelong skills that can elevate your arrangements and production skills. You will learn how to write for different instruments and use them effectively in a modern arrangement.

Course Run: 9, 16, 23 & 30 January 2024

(Closing date for registration: 8 December 2023)


Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm

Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, The Cube

Course Fees - Before GST: $350.00
Course Fees - After GST: $378.00

Creating a beautiful piece of music is not about filling every available sonic space with multitudes of instruments blaring complex chords and notes, it is about learning to dress your music with just the right amount of musical counterpoint and appreciating the beauty of silence between the notes. It is learning to carve out a sonic space for each element placed in your musical composition, so that your music can breathe and carry the emotions that you intricately weave into it.


This course is an intensive and in-depth masterclass where participants will develop lifelong skills that can elevate your arrangements and production skills. Some of the topics covered include choosing the right instrumentation for your project; rhythmic and harmonic concepts; live vs MIDI instruments; the importance of spatial planning during the composition process; incorporating strings, synths and loops; how to mix and master your final music etc.


Participants will also learn how to write for the bass, drums, guitars, piano/keyboard, as well as how to use different instruments effectively in a modern arrangement. Participants will be assigned weekly coursework.


About the facilitator

Kavin Hoo is an award-winning composer with decades of international experience writing for a variety of long form and short form media content. In 2022 at the World Music Festival in Hamburg, Kavin & the creative team at IFA media won the “Magic Waves” Special Award for best original music for the TV mini-series “My Mini Me & Me”. He has extensive experience working with music publishing houses, including Universal, Elias Arts, Megatrax & Gothic Storm. With these publishing partners, he has more than 1200+ music titles in circulation and being placed internationally.


Who should attend?

Intermediate to advanced musicians with working knowledge of using a computer for music composition.


Participants should be familiar with creating music on a computer. They should have access to a home studio, Digital Audio Workstation (Avid Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase etc) and Music Library Plugins (Kontakt, East West, Spectrasonics, 8dio, Spitfire etc).

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