Rita Charitable Trust

Music Producer (1 years course)

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Brief Job Description: The role of the Music Producer is to arrange music under
the direction of the Music Director / Composer and to lead and manage the
production of original music based on the music arrangements approved by the
Music Director/Composer.


Personal Attributes: A Music Producer must be proactive in taking initiatives to
constantly expand his/her professional domain awareness. The person must
adapt quickly to rapidly changing music industry trends, and demonstrate
resilience and motivation to consistently deliver high quality creative work in a

Music Producer (1 years course)
Music Producer (1 years course)


demanding and competitive environment. The music producer must assume full
responsibility for delivering agreed work outputs, and must maintain honesty and
reliability while dealing with clients, musicians and technicians.

Description
Sector Sector is a conglomeration of different business operations having similar
businesses and interests. It may also be defined as a distinct subset of the
economy whose components share similar characteristics and interests.
Sub-sector Sub-sector is derived from a further breakdown based on the characteristics
and interests of its components.


Occupation Occupation is a set of job roles, which perform similar / related set of
functions in an industry.
Job role Job role defines a unique set of functions that together form a unique
employment opportunity in an organisation.


Occupational
Standards(OS)
OS specify the standards of performance an individual must achieve when
carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the knowledge and
understanding they need to meet that standard consistently. Occupational
Standards are applicable both in the Indian and global contexts.


Performance Criteria Performance criteria are statements that together specify the standard of
performance required when carrying out a task.
National Occupational


Standards (NOS)
NOS are occupational standards which apply uniquely in the Indian context.
Qualifications Pack
(QP)
QP comprises the set of OSs, together with the educational, training and
other criteria required to perform a job role. A QP is assigned a unique
qualifications pack code.


Description Description gives a short summary of the unit content. This would be helpful
to anyone searching on a database to verify that this is the appropriate OS
they are looking for.
Scope Scope is a set of statements specifying the range of variables that an
individual may have to deal within carrying out the function which have a
critical impact on quality of performance required.


Knowledge and
Understanding
Knowledge and understanding are statements which together specify the
technical, generic, professional and organizational specific knowledge that
an individual need to perform to the required standard.


Organisational Context Organisational context includes the way the organization is structured and
how it operates, including the extent of operative knowledge managers have
of their relevant areas of responsibility.
Technical Knowledge Technical knowledge is the specific knowledge needed to accomplish specific
designated responsibilities.


Core Skills/Generic
Skills
Core skills or generic skills area group of skills that are the key to learning and
working in today’s world. These skills are typically needed in any work
environment in today’s world. In the context of the OS, these include


communication related skills that are applicable to most job roles.
Budget Budget is an estimate of the total cost of production that may include a
break-up of cost components.


Copyright Laws A legal framework linked to intellectual property and the rights given to
creators of original products/ concepts.

Qualifications Pack for Music Producer

Keywords/Terms Description
NOS National Occupational Standard(s)
QP Qualifications Pack
NSQF National Skill Qualifications Framework


NVEQF National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework
NVQF National Vocational Qualifications Framework
Creative Brief Creative brief is a document that captures the key questions that serve as
a guide for the music arrangement including the vision, objective of the
project, target audience, timelines, budgets, milestones, stakeholders etc.


Music concept Music concept is a description of the overall musical experience for the
production / composition
Script Script is a structured narrative of a story and or the spoken word/ narrative
that accompanies a programme.


Arranging The process of structuring music harmonies and rhythmic elements for an
existing composition (melody, theme, etc.) using various instrumentation
and adhering to the stylistic characteristics of a music genre.


Acoustics Acoustics is the science that studies the properties of sound, transmission
of sound in different medium, and the properties or qualities of a room or
building that determine how sound is transmitted in it.


Music Score Is a document that contains written music notation of compositions, lyrics,
and performance parameters that musicians use.
DAW Digital Audio Workstation is a computer-based system used for composing,
arranging, sequencing and producing music and audio.


Target Audience Group of people at whom content/ adverting is aimed. A target audience is
typically defined by age, gender, economic classification, geography and
any other relevant parameters.


Timelines Timelines is a listing of dates by which the production milestones/stages
need to be completed.
Vertical Vertical may exist within a sub-sector representing different domain areas
or the client industries served by the industry.

Description
NOS National Occupational Standard(s)
QP Qualifications Pack
NSQF National Skill Qualifications Framework
NVEQF National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework
NVQF National Vocational Qualifications Framework

Notate and prepare music scores
Description This OS unit covers notation of music material and preparation of professional
music scores to guide the session musicians during music recording.
Scope This unit/task covers the following:


 Notating music for various instruments
 Preparing music scores using notation software
Performance Criteria (PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Notating music for
various instruments
To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. transcribe music arrangements (melody, harmony & rhythm) using
standard music notation.


PC2. choose appropriate music clef to notate each instrument.
PC3. notate the different musical parameters for every instrument (key
signature, meter, tempo, rhythm, chords and notes) accurately.
PC4. notate the required playing techniques (dynamics, bowing, pizzicato,
arco, palm mute, slide, breath marks, etc.) for each instrument on
the score.


PC5. transpose the music score correctly while arranging for instruments
requiring transposition (trumpet in bb, horn in f, clarinet in a etc.)
Preparing music
scores using notation
software


PC6. design music score templates using music notation software.
PC7. prepare master scores showing all instruments and voices used in
the music arrangement.
PC8. supervise the creation of individual instrument/voice notation from
the master score for individual musicians by the music
programmer/arranger.


PC9. approve scores prepared by the music programmer/arranger for
recording sessions (without repetitions, attention to turning pages,
etc.)
PC10. supervise the export and import of music notation files (Musical
Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) or Music Extensible Mark-up
Language (XML)) between the notation software and the Digital
Audio Workstation (DAW).

Notate and prepare music scoresf

Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of
the company /
organization and
its processes)


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. how to prepare for pre-production and production meetings with
music composers, music programmers, session musicians, etc.
KA2. the roles and responsibilities of the team members involved in music
score preparation.


KA3. the budget and timelines associated with the project.
KA4. how to allocate resources efficiently to prepare music scores.


B. Technical Knowledge
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. music notation functions available in the Digital Audio Workstation.
KB2. technical parameters, operational settings and functions of music
notation software.


KB3. how to set-up a MIDI keyboard to enter notes efficiently to the
notation software.
KB4. how to assign suitable sound banks / patches to the music score for
reference playback.


KB5. how to export music XML, MIDI and printable files of music scores
with the correct settings.
Skills (S)
A. Core Skills Writing Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. take detailed and specific notes about the music arrangement during
discussions in order to prepare scores correctly.


SA2. provide clear written guidelines, expectations and feedback to
assistants, music programmers and session musicians.
SA3. document and communicate approval of music scores and parts.
Reading Skills


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. interpret music and creative briefs received from the music
composer/director or clients.


SA5. interpret technical specifications, features, functions, and
operational guidelines of music notation software, Digital Audio
Workstation (DAW) and any related hardware from their user guides
or operation manuals

Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA6. identify music score requirements during discussions with music
composers/directors, music programmers and session musicians.


SA7. use the correct music notation and score terminologies while giving
instructions to assistants, music programmers and session musicians.
SA8. present/solicit feedback on work and identify the modifications
required.


B. Professional Skills Plan and Organize
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. plan score templates and file organization structure according to the
production requirements.


SB2. plan the work allocation and schedule for the team to meet agreed
deliverables.
SB3. manage the completion of all music scores within the agreed budget
and schedule.


Analytical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB4. assess the impact of the information included in music scores on the
actual recording or programming of music.


Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. guide the team to identify and resolve technical and creative
challenges while preparing music scores.

Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB6. evaluate the quality of music scores using established criteria and
recommend enhancements where required.


Decision Making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB7. choose the correct conventions of music notation while notating
each instrument.


SB8. assess and approve music scores for use by session musicians to
program and record music.

Customer Centricity

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB9. review music scores at every stage to ensure that they fully meet the
requirements laid out by the music composer/director.


SB10. ensure that the music scores contain all necessary details to guide
session musicians during recording.

Arrange music in a variety of styles
Description This OS unit covers arrangement of music compositions (songs, themes, etc.)
in different genres and styles using music technology and the knowledge of
stylistic and socio-cultural characteristics of music.
Scope This unit/task covers the following:
 Arranging music compositions.


 Use of instruments in arrangements
 Arranging music using technology
Performance Criteria (PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Arranging music
compositions


To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. arrange music using appropriate style elements (instrumentation,
rhythm, sounds, etc.) according to the creative direction set by the
music director/composer.


PC2. apply musical elements of cultural and historical relevance
(instruments, performance styles, rhythmic patterns, vocal styles,
etc.) in music arrangements to meet the creative requirements.
PC3. determine the most appropriate key (pitch) for a song arrangement
that suits the chosen singers and the mood of the composition.


PC4. add harmonies to melodies using chords that suit the style of the
composition.
PC5. arrange or compose original melodies based on a specified chord
progression.
PC6. approve the form and structure of music compositions (intro, verse,
chorus, reprise, etc.) prepared by the music programmer/arranger in
accordance with the creative requirements.
Use of instruments


in arrangements
PC7. supervise the arrangement of music for a rhythm section
(drums/percussions, keys/guitar and bass) based on a given melody.
PC8. arrange music for acoustic instruments and instrument groups (e.g.
strings, woodwinds, brass, etc.) adhering to their useable range and
performance techniques.

Arranging music
using technology
PC9. use Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboards or
controllers to arrange music on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
PC10. supervise the simulation / mock-up of music arrangements on a
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) by the music programmer for
review and reference.


Knowledge and Understanding (K)
A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company /
organization and
its processes)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. budget and timelines available for arranging music according to
requirements.


KA2. Intellectual Property Rights, copyright, fair use and confidentiality
policies applicable to the organization’s business.
KA3. roles and responsibilities of the music arranging team.
KA4. how to present arrangements for review and approval by music
composer/director or clients when necessary.


B. Technical Knowledge
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the format and limitations of the playback or distribution medium for
which the music arrangement is made.
KB2. the playable range, limitations and physical properties of musical
instruments used in the arrangements.


KB3. technical parameters and settings of Digital Audio Workstations,
virtual instruments, etc. required to arrange music efficiently.
KB4. how to export high quality demo audio files of music arrangements
for review.
KB5. how to use tools such as video conferencing, screen sharing, etc. to
present/review music arrangements remotely with composers,
musicians and clients.


Skills (S)
A. Core Skills/
Generic Skills
Writing Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. prepare detailed notes during discussions with the music
composer/director, clients, etc. to aid the arrangement of music.
SA2. provide clear written guidelines, expectations, deliverables and
feedback to the arranging team.


SA3. write detailed descriptions and creative context of the music
arrangements while sending them for review and approval.

Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. interpret creative briefs, scripts, storyboards, etc. to determine the
requirements for music arrangement.


SA5. research and gather relevant stylistic, cultural and genre specific
details required to arrange music according to the creative needs.
Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA6. identify specific music requirements and preferences during
discussions with the music composer/director, clients, etc.


SA7. use the correct terms, terminologies and references to articulate the
creative vision for the music arrangement to the music team.
SA8. provide clear, concise and actionable feedback while reviewing music
arrangements with the team, composer/director, clients, etc.


B. Professional Skills Plan and Organize
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. schedule own work to meet agreed music arrangement deliverables.
SB2. organise the work of the team according to the project schedule.
SB3. conduct regular reviews with the various stakeholders to ensure
timely work progress meeting quality standards and budget.


Analytical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB4. analyse the impact of instrumentation, harmony and performance
style on the music arrangement while making creative choices.


Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. guide the team to identify and resolve any technical issues with music
technology resources used for arranging music.
SB6. address any potential music arrangement delays adequately to
minimize its impact on the overall project.


Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB7. appraise the quality of music arrangements objectively using
established criteria to ensure that they meet expectations.
SB8. provide constructive feedback for improvement when necessary.

Decision Making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB9. allocate budget and resources to complete music arrangements on
schedule.
SB10. assess and approve music arrangements for production.


Customer Centricity
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB11. relate to, and incorporate musical preferences of target audience and
clients while arranging music

Produce Recordings
Description This OS unit defines the skills required to produce recordings using
techniques such as electronic programming, live recording, mixing of
multitrack material and mastering of the final mix. The unit also covers the
development of planning, organization and managerial skills necessary to
lead and accomplish music production tasks efficiently.


Scope This unit/task covers the following:
 Scheduling and managing music production.
 Producing music using a digital audio workstation.
 Producing music in a recording studio
 Mixing and mastering music for release


Performance Criteria (PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Scheduling and
managing music
production


To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. recommend and/or select suitable programmers, musicians, and
sound engineers to meet the production requirements.
PC2. schedule music programming and recording sessions.
PC3. manage the different stages of the music production process .
Producing music using
Digital Audio


Workstations (DAW)
To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC4. determine appropriate production techniques (synthesis, sampling,
layering, etc.) according to the music genre and stylistic needs.
PC5. approve appropriate sounds or samples used for programming the
different instruments in the music arrangement.


PC6. employ music performance techniques and attributes included in
the arrangement while programming music tracks.
PC7. apply sound processing techniques to make digitally programmed
music sound as close as possible to real instruments.
Producing music in a
recording studio


PC8. operate professional sound recording equipment (microphones,
mixers, multitrack recording systems, etc.) to record music.
PC9. determine appropriate techniques to record instruments and voices
according to the stylistic considerations of the music genre.
PC10. direct and guide the performance of musicians during recording
sessions according to the music arrangement.

music for release
PC11. supervise the mix-down of multi-track music recordings.
PC12. perform mastering of demo mixes for presentation to the music
composer/director, clients, etc. for review.
Knowledge and Understanding (K)


A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company /
organization and its
processes)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. budget and timelines for producing music according to client’s
requirements.
KA2. the roles and responsibilities of the music production team.
KA3. how to appoint programmers, musicians, and sound engineers to
produce music.


KA4. the process of releasing demo and final material to clients.
B. Technical
Knowledge
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the use of planning and scheduling tools such as calendars, to-dolists, Google docs, etc.
KB2. the formats, specifications and limitations of the playback or
distribution medium for which the music is produced.


KB3. the operational settings and workflow of digital audio workstations,
virtual instruments, samplers, etc.
KB4. the operational parameters of sound recording equipment,
recording studio workflow, connections, and signal flow.
KB5. audio processing technologies and file formats commonly used in
the music industry.


KB6. the technical specifications and operational limitations of computing
systems used for music production.
Skills (S) (Optional)
A. Core Skills/
Generic Skills
Writing Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. make detailed notes during discussions with the music


composer/director, clients, etc. regarding production requirements.
SA2. provide written guidelines, expectations, deliverables and feedback
to music programmers, musicians and sound engineers.
SA3. maintain accurate and clear log of recording studio usage,
musicians’ time, etc. for each track.
Reading Skills


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. interpret creative briefs, scripts, storyboards, etc. to determine the
production requirements for each music piece.

SA5. interpret music arrangements by reading music scores.
SA6. research and gather relevant cultural, stylistic and genre specific
details required to produce music according to the creative needs.
SA7. research and gather consumer preferences and trends in the
consumption of commercial music to aid production decisions.


SA8. interpret feedback received through email, text messages, etc. from
the music composer/director and clients.
Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA9. identify stylistic requirements of music during discussions with the
music composer/director, clients, etc.


SA10. give clear instructions and feedback to musicians during recording
sessions.
SA11. provide clear and actionable feedback to music programmers and
sound engineers while reviewing music tracks.
B. Professional Skills Plan and Organize


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. plan production tasks for each music piece according to the music
arrangement.
SB2. organise the work of the music production team according to the
production schedule.
SB3. schedule and manage recording sessions according to the
production plan.


SB4. conduct regular reviews with the various stakeholders to ensure
timely work progress meeting quality standards and budget.
Analytical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. analyse the impact of sounds and samples, recording techniques,
performance styles, and sound processing and mixing decisions on
music while making creative choices.
Problem Solving


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB6. address any unforeseen issues with the music arrangement that are
identified during the recording session.
SB7. device innovative solutions to any music performance challenges or
limitations that arise during the recording.


SB8. resolve any technical issues associated with programming, recording,
mixing and mastering of music.

SB9. address any potential delays or schedule conflicts adequately to
minimize its impact on the overall production.
Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB10. ascertain the quality of programmed and recorded music using
established criteria to ensure that they meet agreed quality
standards.


SB11. suggest corrective actions where necessary to enhance the quality
of the music being produced.
Decision making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB12. choose musicians, singers and technicians according to the
production needs.


SB13. allocate sufficient budget and resources to achieve the music
production objectives.
SB14. determine appropriate music production techniques that help meet
the creative requirements.
SB15. assess and approve programmed music tracks, recordings and final
mixes.


Customer Centricity
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB16. incorporate innovative musical elements that appeal to the current
and emerging preferences of a diverse range of target audience.
SB17. maintain authenticity and originality while adhering closely to
customer preferences of musical styles and sounds.

Maintain workplace health and safety
Description This OS unit is about contributing towards maintaining a healthy, safe and
secure working environment
Scope This unit/task covers the following:
 understanding the health, safety and security risks prevalent in the
workplace


 knowing the people responsible for health and safety and the resources
available
 identifying and reporting risks
 complying with procedures in the event of an emergency
Performance Criteria(PC) w.r.t. the Scope
Element Performance Criteria
Understanding the


health, safety and
security risks
prevalent in the
workplace
To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. maintain one’s posture and position to minimize fatigue and the risk
of injury
PC2. maintain first aid kit and keep oneself updated on the first aid
procedures


PC3. identify and document potential risks like siting postures while using
computer, eye fatigue and other hazards in the workplace
PC4. accurately maintain accident reports
PC5. report health and safety risks/ hazards to concerned personnel
PC6. participate in organization health and safety knowledge sessions and
drills
Knowing the people
responsible for
health and safety and
the resources
available


PC7. identify the people responsible for health and safety in the
workplace, including those to contact in case of an emergency
PC8. identify security signals e.g. fire alarms and places such as staircases,
fire warden stations, first aid and medical rooms
Identifying and
reporting risks


PC9. identify aspects of your workplace that could cause potential risk to
own and others health and safety
PC10. ensure own personal health and safety, and that of others in the
workplace though precautionary measures
PC11. identify and recommend opportunities for improving health, safety,
and security to the designated person


PC12. report any hazards outside the individual’s authority to the relevant
person in line with organisational procedures and warn other people
who may be affected

Maintain workplace health and safety

Complying with
procedures in the
event of an
emergency
PC13. follow organisation’s emergency procedures for accidents, fires or
any other natural calamity in case of a hazard
PC14. identify and correct risks like illness, accidents, fires or any other
natural calamity safely and within the limits of individual’s authority
Knowledge and Understanding (K)


A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company /
organization and
its processes)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. organisation’s norms and policies relating to health and safety
KA2. government norms and policies regarding health and safety and
related emergency procedures


KA3. limits of authority while dealing with risks/ hazards
KA4. the importance of maintaining high standards of health and safety at
a workplace
B. Technical
Knowledge
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the different types of health and safety hazards in a workplace
KB2. safe working practices for own job role


KB3. evacuation procedures and other arrangements for handling risks
KB4. names and contact numbers of people responsible for health and
safety in a workplace
KB5. how to summon medical assistance and the emergency services,
where necessary


KB6. vendors’ or manufacturers’ instructions for maintaining health and
safety while using equipment, systems and/or machines
Skills (S) (Optional)
A. Core Skills/
Generic Skills
Writing Skills


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. write and provide feedback regarding health and safety to the
concerned people
SA2. write and highlight potential risks or report a hazard to the
concerned people
Reading Skills


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA3. read instructions, policies, procedures and norms relating to health
and safety


Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. highlight potential risks and report hazards to the designated people