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About the Course


Learning at Abbey Road Institute is structured to ensure that every class is meaningful and engaging and that information is delivered in a progressive, logical manner, combining both theory and practice into every lecture.

Our aim is to see that every student gains a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the music industry, from recording and mixing, through to music production and entertainment business and law.

We begin with the fundamentals of music production and sound theory teaching students to analyse, dissect, and reconstruct classic productions before advancing onto DAW software operation. Students undertake intensive tuition on microphone technique and placement with a suite of microphone’s rarely seen outside the largest of the professional studio environments.

Abbey Road Institute’s Melbourne campus is equipped with professional – not ‘educational’ – grade studios. We undertake to provide the most comprehensive training program available structured around an intensive practical workload. Over the course of their studies, students will be expected to complete an extensive portfolio of recorded and produced work form a variety of artists while studying full production workflows in a state-of-the-art digital studio as well as our fully equipped analog room. This is supplemented by our fully equipped production workstations – available to every student in every classroom – and our digital production suites. Music business and law is covered extensively, preparing students for a complex industry or recording and performance contracts, copyright and intellectual property ownership and deal negotiation.

The educational experience at Abbey Road Institute is student-focused and intensive. We strive to install a strong sense of collegiality and cohesion amongst our students, forging them into a creative community who are equipped to tackle the industry head-on.


You’ll learn through our unique teaching method, Progressive Continuous Learning. The course is broken down into modules with short sessions which are linked together and delivered in a progressive logical manner, combining theory and practice. This is different from more traditional styles of teaching, where programmes are delivered in self-contained isolated modules. We’ve found this method really embeds the practical skills you will learn alongside the context and theory in a way that brings everything together and supports your learning.

You’ll be taught in an apprenticeship style, with practical hands-on lessons in all the modules, so you can develop a broad range of new skills, confidence and experience that you can take into the workplace.

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This course taught me how to set up a freelance structure. Knowing things about invoicing and tax and learning how much I should charge. Abbey Road taught me that I have to look after this myself.

Alex Mraz, Graduate

Before I was at Abbey Road, it was easy to write a song, and get a singer. But the songwriting process doesn’t work like that. It was important to understand vocal production, writing, and music. It should all happen simultaneously.

Joel Robinson, Graduate

Abbey Road really helped me with the foundation of audio. It’s an overwhelming subject at first, but [the course] really breaks it down and really makes it digestible.

Charlotte Rochecouste, Graduate

The time I spent at Abbey Road Institute helped me transform my skills. I came from a bedroom producer who made music as a hobby to an audio professional.

Phoenix Manson, Graduate

Abbey Road was the perfect stepping stone into my professional career as an artist and audio engineer.

Alex Braithwaite, Graduate

Education is more than a lecture. It is decades of experience from all corners of the globe brought together into a community of dedicated and passionate individuals joined together in journey to push the limits of creativity. This is what we aspire to every day at Abbey Road.

Gianni Michelini, COO

Studying the past year at Abbey Road has been phenomenal. The teaching staff are top notch and I now have a community of people to draw on who are as obsessed with music as me.  

Emily Toner, Graduate

Abbey Road Institute gives students the head-start they need to succeed in today's industry.  The facilities at Melbourne are second to none and it’s great to see students grow and be rewarded for their efforts.

David Weaver, Academic Coordinator