Learning how to produce music from scratch can be intimidating for many people. For those who have never taken a music lesson, it’s helpful to take at least one music theory or music basics class. If you have musical experience, you probably still want an overview of music production programs.

Coursera

Coursera is one of the world’s leading online learning platforms for all sorts of subjects. I’ve taken several courses with them (on multiple subjects) and find the platform easy to follow and navigate. The fees are nominal, especially when compared with other “professional schools” like Dubspot and Point Blank. I recommend you start with the Modern Musicianship series. These four courses cover music theory, piano basics, and composition basics.

My notes from the Coursera Music Theory series. I took the class in early 2016.

Berklee Online

If you complete the Coursera course and find yourself hungry for more (or, alternatively, you’re ready to go all-in on your learning), I recommend taking one of Berklee’s accredited online programs. You can specialize in electronic music production, film scoring, among other topics. Courses run between $1,000 and $2,000 for a semester and include intensive coursework.

berklee music courses
Head to the Berklee website to test a course.

Udemy

I’d describe Udemy as a bit of a “free for all,” but there are tons of high-rated and well-taught courses to choose from even though they are less structured than Coursera. Whether you want to get a quick overview of music theory, dive into the details of a particular instrument, or focus on Ableton, there’s something for you on this platform. You can check out our favorite Udemy music theory courses for new music producers here.

Udemy Electronic Music Course
One of Udemy’s most popular electronic music courses. Udemy always has tons of great sales too!