Edinburgh Napier University

Music Tech Academy Online

An Online Music School by Edinburgh Napier's Music Department

A student in the music department at Edinburgh Napier University

Aimed at music students aged 14-17, our highly practical online course focuses on creating and producing music while also teaching valuable technical skills in the use of music software. Building on the acclaimed courses we offered last year, this online course will explore music production, recording and music software through a series of project-based learning tasks. The software of choice will be Pro Tools First which is free to download and is available for Apple and PC computers. The projects explored are adaptable to almost any music software and support can be provided for learners who wish to use their own software. The course will run for 10 weeks and will be taught using a flipped classroom methodology where learners engage with preparative activities before online classes, and then consolidate their learning through completing the project tasks. A Moodle Community virtual learning environment will support your learning through interaction with tutors, participants, and online resources, and through sharing your own work and critiquing the work of others. The projects will cover:

  • Found Sound
  • Editing and Mixing
  • Songwriting
  • Remixing
The course has been created to compliment SQA Music Technology qualifications in secondary school, whilst providing additional depth and context to learning in this area.

Corin Anderson, Course Tutor

How you'll be taught

This online course lasts for 10 weeks and is repeated three times across the academic year. Each week you’ll receive access to a series of preparatory materials to introduce projects and audio production concepts. These will include guest lectures from specialists in music production and composition who teach on the BA Popular Music programme. There will be a two-hour online class on Saturday mornings (from 10:00-12:00), where the preparatory materials will be contextualised and you will be given time to collaborate and share your work. Following these classes, you will be required to consolidate your learning through completing the various projects and sharing your work for feedback from tutors and peers.

This is a new course by Edinburgh Napier University's Music Department and will begin in September 2020. 

Course fee

£100 per term

Term dates

Please note you only need to book onto one of terms. Each new term is a repeat of the same course.


Term 1
26 September - 5 December 2020 (no classes 24 October)

Term 2
9 January - 20 March 2021 (no classes 13 February)

Term 3 
24 April - 19 June 2021 

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