MUM 2700
Professor Calle
E-mail: ecalle@mdc.edu
Website: www.professorcalle.com; www.edcalle.net
WebCT
Telephone: (305) 237-0593

A listing of skill requirements for music producers

1. Musical skills
Understand and be able to produce a variety of musical styles
Identify, construct and clarify song form
Composition
Arranging
Lyric writing
Instrumental performance skills
Ability to apply knowledge of harmony in a functionnal manner
Key signatures
Clefs
Printed music
Ear training
Transcribing
Transposition
Articulation
Phrasing
Dynamics
Instrument and vocal ranges and tendencies
Understand how instruments and frequencies interact in order to maximize the sonic spectrum

2. Manage time effectively
3. Manage finances effectively in order to improve customer satisfaction and increase profits
4. Produce and learn continuously
5. Diversify your product by learning new skills and improving existing business, music and technical skills
6. Build and master the use of a privately owned recording facility in order to improve scheduling and cut costs
7. Listen to and study a wide variety of music, genres and production techniques and industry trends
8. Trademark your sound by creating a unique and identifiable sound for each artist and producer
9. Become highly competent or expert at recording and editing tracks and producing rough or final mixes
10. Build an outstanding team of musicians, arrangers, engineers, studios, mastering houses
11. Formulate a business strategy and support it with a professional business staff
12. Network and establish relationships with other industry professionals by affiliating with professional organizations such as NARAS, LARAS, RIAA, ASCAP, BMI, Sound Exchange, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists , The Screen Actors Guild , The American Federation of Musicians, TAXI, The Songwriters Guild of America, Music Educators National Conference, The International Association of Jazz Educators and others
13. Develop listening skills
14. Identify and maximize talent
15. Imitate or copy without copyright infringement
16. Manipulate audio and convert audio to a variety of formats
17. Manipulate video in order to produce music for film, television and advertising work
18. Become competent and strive to develop expertise susing the technical tools of the trade
19. Stay current with music styles, production techniques and technology
20. Study and be a part of the evolution of musical styles by examining seminole or core artists and productions
21. Make sound choices regarding studio gear
22. Be a trendsetter by producing unique music and artists
23. Create a comfortable and supportive environnment for all artists, arrangers, musicians and technical personnnel involved in your project
24. Develop leadership skills. Leadership is an act of service tha empowers those with whom you collaborate.
25. Develop social, personal and cooperative skills
26. Know your limitations
27. Be willing to learn and teach
28. Build a creative team
29. Build a business team