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Course Curriculum

Music Artist Masterclass

Module 1: Course Preparation

  • Welcome from Laura Dre!
  • Introduction: My Story and why you have the potential to enjoy the same success as me!
  • What you’ll get out of this course
  • Requirements for this course
  • Let’s talk about expectations!
  • Time management: How to create music on a busy schedule
  • Fill out this form before we start!

Module 2: The basics of your DAW

  • Adjusting your DAW environment the right way!
  • An introduction in the Logic Pro X environment
  • Environment setup: Adding keyboard shortcuts for faster editing
  • Testing the keyboard shortcuts
  • Practice – Can you edit fast now?

Module 3: First Practice Mix

  • Overview of first mix practice
  • Importing your first audio files into Logic
  • Solo / Mute functions
  • Your first audio edits: cutting, fades and trimming
  • Moving audio tracks with ONE button super fast!
  • Quiz: Recap shortcuts
  • Your first basic mix vs. reference track!
  • How to export audio
  • Submit your practice mix and let’s compare!

Module 4: Audio & Data Management

  • Stay organised: Why it’s important to name the tracks
  • Renaming audio tracks
  • Colouring tracks
  • Grouping tracks
  • Sub-Folder Management

Module 5: Song Structure and Arrangement

  • The core formula a song is made of
  • Listening exercise: Analysing and breakdown of a song
  • Compare your notes with my notes
  • Task: Analyse and breakdown your favourite song
  • Determining the BPM (tempo) of the song
  • Setting up arrangement markers

Module 6: Drum Programming

  • Method 1: Making a cool drum track from loops
  • How to copy / paste, extend loops, duplicate quickly
  • Connecting your midi keyboard and settings
  • Method 2: Creating a drum track with midi programming
  • Changing the sound of snare, kick, cymbals etc. to get the right sound!
  • Method 3: Programming a drum track using Logic Drummer super fast!
  • Advanced tweaks, percussion and rhythmic patterns
  • Task: Create a rhythmic groove
  • Submit drum programming

Module 7: Adding Bass & Guitar

  • Method 1: Recording a real bass / guitar using the cycle function
  • Advanced tweaks: correct timing & applying crossfades
  • Method 2: program synth bass with midi
  • Adjusting the sound of the midi bass, rhythm & timing (quantisation)
  • Adjusting the key of the project
  • What you should do if you don’t know the song key
  • Task: Record guitar, bass or synth bass to the drum track you created in the previous module
  • Submit bass & drum mix

Module 8: Adding Synthesizers

  • Adding a synth pad with chord progression
  • Method 1: Use your ears (manual way)
  • Method 2: The automatic way
  • Adding synth melodies with midi take folder
  • Working with loops and building them into the arrangement
  • Layering synths
  • Task: add synths to your existing arrangement
  • Upload your mix

Module 9: Songwriting – Focusing on lyrics

  • Why is songwriting important?
  • The art of story telling
  • Forms of expression
  • Structure Names
  • Analysing & dissecting a song
  • Structure writing
  • Writing lyrics – Technique 1
  • Writing lyrics – Technique 2
  • Writing lyrics – Technique 3
  • Writing lyrics – Technique 4
  • Test your learning
  • Resources for you
  • Task: Write lyrics
  • Submit lyrics

Module 10: Recording Vocals

  • Setting up your microphone and track channel
  • Recording basic vocal melodies and gain adjustment
  • Exercise: Vocal warm up
  • Recording the actual vocal with the lyrics you’ve written
  • Recording backing vocals
  • Recording harmonies or more voices
  • Task: Record your vocals to the existing arrangement
  • Upload vocal mix

Module 11: Mixing

  • Before The Mix: A Checklist!
  • How to use the equaliser (EQ)
  • EQ on drums: Let’s go through each piece on the kit!
  • EQ on bass: Let’s make it sound fat & smooth!
  • EQ on guitar: Let’s get some 80s guitar sound going!
  • EQ on synths: The secret sauce to sexy synths!
  • EQ on vocals: Pop, rock or 80s? Let’s go through all of them!
  • What to do if your song is clipping!
  • Level check
  • Using a compressor and how they work.
  • Setting up parallel compression
  • Creating a FAT snare and kick sound!
  • Adding reverb to your snare or kit
  • Side-chain Kick and Bass
  • Here’s how to process vocals
  • Working with automation
  • Task: Apply all the mix techniques and export your song
  • Exporting your song
  • Setting up a private listening sessions and get feedback
  • Submit rough mix
  • Watch Laura Dre mix her song “New Beginning” from her new album! (unreleased)

Module 12: Mastering

  • Setting up a basic mastering session
  • Things to look out for before mastering
  • Mastering process
  • Master export
  • Upload master

Module 13: How To Create Eye-catching Cover Artwork

  • Software you can use (free vs. paid)
  • Finding inspiration for artwork and how to connect it with your music
  • Learn the photoshop essentials
  • Create a cover using basic photoshop skills
  • Exercise: Create some unique artwork with the techniques I’ve shown you
  • Submit EP / Album Artwork

Module 14: Distribution

  • Where to upload
  • Free service vs. paid distribution service
  • Set a good launch date and invite people!
  • Write a good Spotify pitch
  • Things you can do to gain more listeners

Module 15: Pre-EP / Album Launch

  • Why it’s important to register songs with your PRO
  • Other places to register with
  • Keeping track of meta data
  • Things you can do to create some hype!

Module 16: Online Profile

  • Why branding & marketing is important
  • Your artist online profile is key!
  • Create a cool artist image / persona
  • First steps: How to create a good artist profile image with your smartphone!
  • Removing the background or green-screen of your image
  • Essential social media platforms to register with
  • Creating banners for online platforms
  • Where to create a website, the pros & cons
  • Options of creating a website
  • Domain registration
  • Writing a good bio
  • Write & submit your artist bio
  • Effective ways to grow your initial audience

Module 17: Marketing

  • Learn methods and techniques to build your audience
  • The content you need to create to get followers & subscribers
  • Creating a video for ads
  • Setting up ads on Meta
  • Assessment: What is your plan to promote your music?

Module 18: Merchandise

  • How to create vinyl, cassette & CDs and pre-sell them!
  • Photoshop lesson: Working with mockup templates to create merchandise
  • Task: Create your first product to sell
  • Adding your products to your web store
  • Here’s how to setup an account on Printful.com (print on demand service)
  • Creating your first t-shirt merchandise
  • Submit mockup design

Module 19: Crowdfunding

  • This is how to successfully crowdfund a project on Kickstarter
  • Things you MUST have in place before starting one!
  • Researching and validating your project: here’s what you need to do!
  • Executing your project and have a winning structure

Module 20: Record Label

  • Self-release vs. Record Label – Pros & Cons to consider
  • Checklist of things you should have in place before reaching out
  • Write a good pitch to a record label
  • Here’s the research you need to do and create a good list

Module 21: Gigs & Tours

  • This is how to get gigs in general
  • Applying for festivals
  • What my performance setup looks like

Module 22: Music Video

  • Creating a cool music video on a budget!
  • On the budget: Smart phone vs. film crew
  • Things you need to create a DIY video
  • How I created my Moving Spaces music video

Module 23: Multiple Income Streams

  • 31 ways to create multiple income streams with your music!
  • Final advice and thank you for joining this masterclass!
  • Recap of your results
  • Experience Survey

Music Artist Masterclass

About the course

165 Lessons

Price: 1997€ – Plans available from 119€/m

  • Course start: 1st May, 2023
  • Genre: Synthpop / Electropop / Synthwave / Modern 80s / Alternative Pop & Rock, Retrowave
  • Level: Beginner

In this premium music artist masterclass we will cover everything there is to get your EP / album done! The masterclass contains private coaching sessions, mix submissions, assessments and a project plan so we can get your music out there with a big bang!

Music Artist Masterclass
Course Benefits

Discover the benefits of signing up with Laura Dre’s Music Artist Masterclass.

  • Tailored for beginners & No music theory knowledge required
  • Artist guidance from start to finish with focused content
  • Easy step-by-step video instructions
  • Everything you need to know in one place
  • Assessments & Song submission for constructive feedback
  • Lifetime access after payment
  • Certificate
  • Students can join Q&A group sessions hosted by Laura Dre
  • 1x Consultation call
  • Bespoke Project Plan tailored to your schedule
  • 120 Minutes personal coaching sessions (flex)
  • Your music will be promoted on Laura Dre’s website & socials
  • 30-day money-back guarantee


Register on my website for FREE to download above PDF guide + FREEVIEW some of my course content!



Course Requirements


  • Apple Mac with Logic Pro X (DAW)
  • Midi Keyboard

For recording vocals, bass or guitar:

  • Audio Interface (i.e. Focusrite, ID-14, Apollo Twin)
  • A cardioid condenser microphone (i.e. Audio Technica AT2020) with XLR connector to connect to interface

For users with a different DAW:

You can use a different DAW i.e. Studio One, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Reaper etc., they all have the same functionalities, however note that you will need to do your own research. Note for Garageband users: This course is not suitable for Garageband due to restricted functionalities. Please upgrade to Logic Pro X by purchasing it through the app store.


Stop wasting time on YouTube!

Why this course is the best one out there

The answer is simple. I have not seen any comprehensive course out there that offers it all! I have seen courses specialising in “something” (i.e. purely audio engineering, just songwriting, specific courses like producing pop vocals or marketing and release strategies etc.). What do they all have in common?

The majority of audio engineering people, don’t know anything about songwriting, the same applies the other way around, the marketing people don’t know how to even write or record a song. None of these people or courses have gone through the process of being actually an ‘artist’ and releasing something themselves, which is not helpful. Being an artist is the whole process of creating a good song and I’m not talking about just the mix, I’m talking about the quality of songwriting folks!

The key to really good songs

Songwriting is your bread & butter that makes or breaks a song! The mix comes secondary, I tell you why. Your mate or someone you know could be the world’s best sound engineer working on your song, but this doesn’t mean they will make your song become the next #1 hit. Despite the massive improvement of audio & mix quality, it can still sound shit. And I’ve heard those tracks before, so many times!

Coming back to the “process”, after writing and recording songs, the next step is to release it. You release your songs, tell everyone about it on socials, yet here you are, with 11 monthly listeners. Sad times right? Why is it not more? It can come down to three things:

1. There’s no marketing behind it,
2. The songs aren’t good enough and need more work,
3. You haven’t found your audience yet or the niche you’re in.

Why YouTube is unhelpful

I get you! This is all super hard to do, when you just want to focus on creating music. Unfortunately waiting around to be magically discovered won’t work, you’ve got to put in the work! If this sounds familiar then you probably have already spent a lot of time on YouTube searching for the latest release strategy to break the algorithm, but the overload of information these days is just overwhelming! There’s simply just so much out there that it can be almost unhelpful.

I’ve been there all before and back in the day I’d spent too much time looking for music production tutorials on YouTube, every damn time there is a 2 minute long intro, ads and almost never the right result I was after. I’ve wasted a lot time. Does this sound also familiar?

Anyway, with studying music in a professional capacity, recording clients, recording my own music and selling out, I’ve come pretty far as you can see from my own results, and luckily for you, this is where my masterclass can really help you! You will have someone on your side to guide you through the whole process of song creation and release, where we ensure that your songs are as best as they can get! There is a lot that this masterclass has to offer that will help you to transform into the artist you always wanted to be! Check out the curriculum to get a detailed overview. Enroll today if this piques your interest! 🙂


Register on my website for FREE to download above PDF guide + FREEVIEW some of my course content!

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