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SOTOGRANDE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ACADEMY

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As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it becomes less and less of an issue for aspiring musicians and vocalists to “have to” be based in London, New York or LA, if they dream of a chance to have a career in the entertainment business, either as artists, or as music business professionals.

SIMA, The Sotogrande International Music Academy, now in collaboration with the world-famous music college, Berklee, offers not only the highest quality music and artist development programs to SIS students, but also comprehensive education in music business, marketing, legal, accounting and more. These world-class certificate and degree courses will help prepare our students for serious and stable careers in the real music business world – and beyond.

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But there’s more to SIMA than just that. We also help expose our most promising young artists and budding music producers to genuine music industry opportunities including direct access to some of the world’s best and biggest record labels, publishers and managements.

Critically, credits earned through the Berklee courses can be easily transferred as points to any university in the world, not to mention the fact that students with Berklee credentials have major bragging rights to boot. Berklee has just about the best reputation in the world in its field.

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SIMA is run by music industry professionals with years of experience, including successful music and artist placements and hit songs. Through its partnership with MMI Studios, SIMA continues to very actively work within the music industry in the UK, US and parts of Europe and Asia, giving its students invaluable industry connections as well as practical experience in working with the best people in this field.

SIMA & EDUCATION

MMIStudio imgStudents who see their future within the music or broader entertainment industry no longer need to move to the UK or the States to continue their specialist education there. The SIMA/Berklee and Flexible Pathway courses are of the highest standard and include not only a broad variety of exciting options right here on location, but also online.

Musically-inclined students who wish for the safest and best start in life, know that it’s necessary to combine general education certificates (e.g. an A-level programme/High School Diploma) with a vocational program – such as is offered by SIMA.

Choosing the 2 year Flexible Pathways programme at Sotogrande International School means students who are passionate about developing their music industry career can still achieve academic success. This exciting option for 16-18 year olds provides tuition for both A levels and the High School Diploma (HSD) in the afternoons  allowing ample time for students to focus their mornings on the SIMA/Berklee programmes.

Both the High School Diploma and A Levels are recognised worldwide as university preparatory courses when achieving the required grades. Furthermore, the SIMA/Berklee programs offer full college credits/points meaning ours students emerge prepared not merely for continued higher level musical education in the UK or the US, but also in some cases for a thriving musical career. Additionally, many of the courses offered by Berklee, through SIMA, are of a more general nature and can easily prepare music students for careers in more diverse fields.

The SIMA development work is carried out both at the SIS campus and at the Sotogrande International Boarding House campus at San Roque Club, where we have an excellent recording and production studio facility, sessions can be booked at virtually any time of day or evening. The selected Berklee courses are available online, including live interaction with their professors. A Level and High School Diploma lessons are delivered at the SIS campus.

OUR TEAM

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PAUL SEDKOWSKI

Daily work, artist development, songwriting and production courses at SIMA are supervised by Paul Sedkowski, whose past music successes include Barcelona Olympics promotional music with his band Alma Tadema, a #1 hit with group, Prince Scandal, long-term work with the managements of such super-groups as Deep Purple or Whitesnake, sessions with the likes of Robin Thicke or Andy Tumi, an over-two-year-long work on new artist discovery together with Tony Cowell (Simon’s older brother), development of one of the world’s most successful indie music showcases on radio (Fame Games) which was syndicated in the USA with ABC radio networks, ongoing collaborations with some of the best songwriters in the world including Grammy winners such as Rob Davis or Paul Harris, or successful million-selling producers such as Derek Lawrence or Tosh Darg – and much more.

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LAURA KRIER

Paul’s long-time partner in much of the above work and associations is Laura Krier, herself a former performing and recording artist, is currently the head vocal and piano coach at SIMA. Laura not only has an accounting degree from University of South Dakota, but she also studied at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), and continues to actively develop her vocal coaching career within the IVA/SLS methods, practiced by all of the world’s top vocal coaches. Laura’s rich past saw her working the world over, from Japan to England to the US Capitol Hill, and her organizational skills are second to none.

The extended SIMA team also includes local as well as international experts in related fields from vocal coaching to image development to dance.

COURSES AVAILABLE

+2 year SIMA/BERKLEE courses
• Music Production using any of the top DAW production tools
• Songwriting: lyrics, melody, arrangement, instrumentation, performance
• Music Business: online and offline marketing and promotion, publishing, entrepreneurship
• Sound Engineering: studio and live mixing, PC or Mac-based mixing
• Indie video development
• Radio production and content development
+2 year SIMA sessions
• Cover song recordings: including vocal comping and editing, live training
• Pro career development (extensive auditions needed to qualify)
• Image development, dance and stage presentation
• Vocal group development
• Live band development
+A la carte 12-week Berklee courses (online)
• Music Production
o Producing music with Ableton Live
o Music Production 101
o Pro Tools 101
o Mixing and Mastering with ProTools
o Advanced Music Production with ProTools
o Producing Music with Reason
o Producing Music with Cubase
o Advanced Audio Ear Training For Mix Engineers
o Recording and Producing in the Home Studio
o Sound Design For The Electronic Musician
o Game Design Principles
o Game Audio Producion with Wwise
o Art of Mixing
o Orchestration
o Programming and Producing Drum Beats
o Acoustics
o Audio Post Production for Film and TV
o Creative Music Production Skills
o Audio Basics for Recording
o Music Notation Using Finale
o Music Notation Using Silbelius
o Introduction to Digital Cinematography
o Music Writing and Production with the iPad
o Demo Production for Songwriters
o Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1
o Music Production Analysis
o Advanced Mixing and Mastering with ProTools
o Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live
o Producing Music with Logic
o Critical Listening 1
o Audio Mastering Techniques
o Hop-hip Writing and Production
o Sampling and Audio Production
o Introduction to Game Audio
o Remixing
o Live Sound Mixing and Recording
o Orchestration 2: Writing Techniques for Full Orchestra
o Getting Your Guitar Sound
o Microphone Techniques
o Vocal Production
o Composing and Producing Electronic Music 2
o Music Video Editing with Final Cut Pro
o 3D Design with Blender
o Performing with Ableton Live
o Mixing and Mastering for the Electronic Musician
• Music Theory, Harmony and Ear Training
o Music Theory 101
o Music Theory 301: Advanced Melody, Harmony, Rhythm
o Getting Inside Harmony 1
o Harmonic Ear Training: Recognizing Chord Progressions
o Counterpoint
o Rock History
o Music History of the Western World 1: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque
o Music Cognition
o Music Notation Using Sibelius
o Contemporary Vocal Arranging
o Creative Strategies for Composition Beyond Style
o Music Theory and Composition 2
o Music Notation Using Finale
o Music Theory 201: Harmony and Function
o Basic Ear Training 1
o Getting Inside Harmony 2
o Music Foundations
o Reharmonization Techniques
o The Language of Film and TV
o Music History of the Western World 2: Classical, Romantic and Modern
o Ear Training For Live Performance
o Developing Your Artistry
o Arranging: Contemporary Styles
o Music Theory and Composition 1
o Music Theory and Composition 3
• Music Business
o Music Business 101
o Music Publishing 101
o Online Music Marketing: Campaign Strategies, Social Media and Digital Distribution
o Legal Aspects of the Music Industry
o Music Marketing 101
o Copyright Law
o Music Licensing
o Business Communications
o Music Business Finance
o Career and Job Success in the Music Industry
o Music Venue Management
o Music Business Trends and Strategies
o Concert Touring
o Music Industry Entrepreneurship
o Artist Management
o Music Supervision
o Project Management for Musicians
o Music Business Leadership and Ethics
o Math for Musicians
o International Music Marketing: Developing Your Music Career Abroad
o Creative Entrepreneurship
o New Media Economics: Music, Mobile, Gaming and Online Markets
• Piano and Keyboard
o Berklee Keyboard Method
o Blues and Rock Keyboard Techniques
o Jazz Piano
o Keyboard for the Electronic Musician
o Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation
o Basic Improvisation
o Pop/Rock Keyboard
• Bass
o R&B Bass
o Jazz Bass
o Slap Bass
o Basic Improvisation
o Bass Performance 101
o Rock Bass
o Gary Burton: Jazz improvisation
• Guitar
o Guitar Chords 101
o Guitar Chords 201: Chord Melody and Inversions
o Guitar Scales 101
o Blues Guitar
o Jazz Guitar 101
o Classic Rock Guitar
o Jazz Guitar 201: Advanced Jazz Guitar Improvisation
o Guitar Improvisation Techniques
o Acoustic Blues Guitar
o Funk/Rock and R&B Guitar Soloing
o Acoutic Guitar Techniques
o Rhythm and Groove Guitar
o Getting Your Guitar Sound
o Fundamentals of Classical Guitar
o Steve Vai Guitar Techniques
o Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation
o Basic Improvisation
o Advanced Blues Guitar
• Songwriting
o Lyrics Writing: Tools and Strategies
o Lyric Writing: Writing From the Title
o Lyrics Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music
o Songwriting: Writing Hit Songs
o Songwriting for Film and TV
o Songwriting: Melody
o Songwriting: Harmony
o Jazz Composition
o Commercial Songwriting Techniques
o Jingle Writing
o Creative Writing: Finding Your Voice
o Creative Writing Poetry
o Creating Writing: Literature Studies For Musicians
o World Music Composition Styles
o Music Composition for Film and TV 1
o Music Composition for Film and TV 2
o Contemporary Techniques in Music Compositiojn 1
o Interactive Scoring for Games
o Demo Production for Songwriters
o Contemporary Techniques in Music Compositiojn 2
• Voice
o Voice Technique 101
o Pop and Rock Vocals
o Jazz Voice
o R&B Vocals
o Vocal Production
• Arranging
o Arranging 1: Rhythm Section
o Arranging: Advanced Horn Writing
o Arranging: Contemporary Styles
o Arranging: Small Ensemble and Horns
o Arranging: Woodwinds and Strings
o Contemporary Vocal Arranging
o Counterpoint
o Music Notation Using Finale
o Music Notation Using Sibelius
o Reharmonization Techniques
o World Music Composition Styles
o Creative Strategies for Composition Beyond Style
o Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 1
• Orchestration
o Orchestration 1
o Orchestration 2: Writing Techniques for Full Orchestra
o Music Composition for Film and TV 1
o Music Composition for Film and TV 2
o Film Scoring 101
o Composing and Producing Electronic Music 1
o Composing and Producing Electronic Music 2
o Introduction to Game Audio
o Counterpoint
o Music Notation Using Finale
o Music Notation Using Sibelius
o World Music Composition Styles
o Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 1
o Interactive Scoring for Games
o Contemporary Techniques in Music Composition 2
• Online Certificate Courses (multi-course)
+Ongoing unstructured studio and rehearsal room time
• The students will also be able to book a rehearsal room, dance studio or the music studio with engineer, to develop projects of their own

TESTIMONIALS

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On working with us:   “As a producer and consultant based in the UK, I feel confident in your musical and technical expertise.” ANDY HAYMAN (songwriter, producer, music consultant – credits include Appleton, All Saints, Liam Gallagher (Oasis), Ronan Keating (Boyzone), Sugababes , Wonita, Gareth Gates, Bananarama, Lee Ryan, Jo O’Meara (S-Club 7), Ray Hedges and more)

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On our songwriting: “World-class in every respect” ROB DAVIS (hit songwriter, Grammy winner, former guitarist of Mud, wrote Toca’s Miracle for Fragma, If This Ain’t Love for Spillers GrooveJet, Can’t Get You Outta My Head for Kylie Minnogue and many more. Considered one of the top songwriters in the world today.)

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