Free week-long online course available now ahead of full term starting in September to assist budding composers to break the entertainment industry from home.

  • Full course modules encompass entrepreneurial knowledge and access to a successful producer and composer duo (credits including trailer music for Blade Runner 2049Avengers: End Game, Captain America, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare)
  • Music composition is a big opportunity for revenue with the rising demand for digital music and streamed media

A free week-long taster course of a one of a kind online music production school, Protege, has launched and brings together the combined expertise of multi award-winning composer and producer team, Richard Schrieber and Vikram Gudi, (trailers for Captain America, Glass, Blade Runner 2049 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare).

The trial is available now via ahead of the full course starting in September, with no need for expensive equipment. Six engaging hand-crafted modules spanning practical skills and mindset, complete with direct weekly feedback from the tutors, provide all the tools needed to build a successful career in the music industry.

The duo, whose successful 10-year relationship spans over 100 credits, offer composers and producers the chance to gain access to their industry network to further a pupil’s success in achieving TV and film placements.  With Protege, any pupil can earn money from their music whilst studying and beyond graduation.

Protege co-founder, Richard Schrieber, is a globally recognised multi award-winning composer whose tracks have been licensed worldwide for TV (UFC, Catfish, Got to Dance), multiple Hollywood film trailers and countless international clients (Google, IBM, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler).

Schrieber comments: “The problem with most music schools is that they don’t teach anything about mindset. There is often a distinct or complete lack of real-world projects, with no direct or tangible professional opportunities to match an individual’s initial investment.  We wanted to make a difference to people’s careers by pooling our knowledge to help those wanting to crack the music industry.”

Protege co-founder, Vikram Gudi, is an award-winning producer, music industry entrepreneur and leading sync specialist. He is the co-founder of Split Music Publishing, Mammoth Audio and Elephant Music, which has regular placements with Disney, Netflix, Xbox and Activision.  Gudi says: “It’s a really tough time for everyone, but there has never been a better moment to maximise this special opportunity to compose from home.  We hope to inspire a new generation of composers and producers by teaching them the formula to establish stable careers from music” He continues: “We’re grateful to this industry that’s given us so much and we hope the free week trial will inspire pupils and open their minds to what’s possible.”

The school, which will accommodate 100 pupils per year, will consist of a flagship course that will run parallel with the school year from September 2020, with the free week-long trial available now from  Each of the six hand crafted modules will last five weeks and every year the course will be tailored to fit the demands of the industry. This ensures students will only ever learn what is relevant, making it more likely to place their music.

Each term will have weekly industry briefs set for pupils and every brief will have a specific set of learning objectives and will be supported by its own course and workbook.  At the end of each week the students will receive feedback from the tutors, providing further opportunity for faster personal development.

The pupils will be given the chance to respond to any given feedback and the tracks will be produced and finished with Schrieber and Gudi. Composers will be granted direct access to publishers, labels and libraries, and their completed compositions will be sent directly to the biggest names in the trailer, film, TV and gaming industries.

This A&R process is the core of the course; training aspiring composers to become professionals by putting them in real world situations during the process.  The students will form part of the school’s buzzing online community, which is accessed through an online app, where they can upload tracks and receive feedback. The app will give the students access to all the course content, forums and groups, and will be the centre of the learning process.

Upon completion, the students will have a high quality and varied portfolio of at least 30 pitch-ready tracks, real world experience working directly with a music library and a certificate and an invitation to join the Protege and Elephant Music Creative Family.

To sign up for the free trial please visit

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Olivia Gourlay at Sussudio.

Tel: +44 7599 853726.  Email:

Notes to Editors


  • Passion for writing and producing music
  • Working knowledge of music theory (intermediate)
  • Understanding of music production
  • Access to a DAW; Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase etc.
  • Midi keyboard/controller
  • Ability to record (microphone and sound card)
  • Intermediate sample library set up (orchestra, percussion, piano)
  • Positive mindset
  • Open to new opportunities

What the course covers:

  • Pro-composers workflow
  • Tools of the trade
  • How to respond to briefs
  • How to use track references
  • File delivery and tagging
  • How to respond to feedback
  • Basic film scoring techniques
  • Toolkit design and creation
  • Writing and structuring music for advertising
  • Writing and structuring music for TV
  • Writing and structuring Trailer Music
  • Writing for the piano/keys
  • Writing driving percussion tracks
  • Organic sound design
  • Kontakt instrument creation
  • Collaboration
  • Practical four-part harmony
  • Working with public domain music
  • Producing covers & re-records
  • Understanding contracts & rights
  • Productivity tips & tools
  • Mindset tips & tools
  • Work/life balance for music makers

Term Dates (September 2020 – July 2021)

Term 1

Monday 7th September – Friday 9th October 2020.

Term 2

Monday 2nd November – Friday 4th December 2020.

Term 3

Monday 4th January – Friday 5th February 2021.

Term 4

Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th March 2021.

Term 5

Monday 19th April – Friday 21st May 2021.

Term 6

Monday 7th June – Friday 9th July 2021.


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