Abbey Road Studios Launches New Music Education Initiative


There’s some exciting news coming from London’s famed Abbey Road Studios as a new initiative for an educational music program dubbed the Abbey Road Institute was announced recently.

This is likely an amazing bit of information for fans of The Beatles (and music in general) since this is the where their legendary “Abbey Road” album was recorded in September of 1969 as well as much of their final album, “Let It Be”. Abbey Road Studios was the last place John, Paul, Ringo and George recorded together as a band before parting ways in 1970, which lends a bittersweet spin to the studio’s history for many fans.

The studio has gone on to house countless talented musicians since then and is considered sacred ground by many because of the immense talent that has passed through the halls and played in the recording rooms. The Abbey Road Institute is an excellent way to pass the torch and foster the talents of future musicians and engineers, .

Senior Director of Engineering at Abbey Road Studios, Peter Cobbin, sounds almost as excited about the initiative as I am. He said, “Abbey Road Institute benefits from the studios’ 80 years of audio expertise, distilling some of our knowledge into a curriculum of classroom learning and practical studio experience. I’m delighted that the Institute will nurture and inspire a new generation of audio professionals.”

“Synonymous with excellence in recorded music for more than 80 years, Abbey Road’s continued success is largely due to its staff and their knowledge. Now we be able to share some of this expertise in a course which will provide first-class vocational training for people interested in forging a career in the music industry,” said Luca Barassi, audio engineer and head of the Abbey Road Institute.

The statement released by Abbey Road Institute describes the curriculum for the Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering program as one “developed by audio educational specialists in conjunction with Abbey Road Studios engineers, offers a unique mix of theoretical and practical modules designed to equip students for their first step toward a professional audio engineering and production career. The course also covers other areas of the music industry, including studio management and music business administration.”

Classes for the Advanced Diploma Music Production and Sound Engineering program will run in 12 month intervals and are set to begin in September 2015 in London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios with additional institutes opening in Berlin, Munich, Melbourne and Sydney.

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