Abbey Road Institute opens first U.S. school in Miami
Posted on: Tuesday 25th of February 2020
Abbey Road Institute, the specialist music production school at London’s Abbey Road Studios, has announced the next step in their international educational offering with the launch of their first specialist music production school in the United States, confirmed to be opening in Miami, Florida in 2020. The school will be opened in partnership with multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winner Julio Reyes Copello at his studio, Miami Art House.
Reyes Copello has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Alejandro Sanz, Camila Cabello and Alessia Cara. With the new school opening at his existing studio complex, Reyes Copello will act as a mentor to the group of students joining the program. His team at Miami Art House will also play key roles on a day-to-day basis bringing the reality of studio life directly to the student experience with the school occupying a space within the building alongside the commercial studios.
Abbey Road Institute offers an intensive education for aspiring music producers and engineers in a small and intimate environment. It focuses on high-quality audio education delivered in a hands-on apprenticeship style, which prepares graduates to enter the fast-paced music industry and create their own career trajectory.
Copello says: ‘‘My goal is for aspiring producers, engineers and artists to learn by direct experience. To be thrown in the middle of actual professional recording sessions and learn by doing, is the most effective, honest and responsible way of acquiring the skills needed for a career in music. I aim to guide, educate and inspire the future generations of music professionals while staying fully involved and engaged in my work as a music producer for the most important and upcoming artists of the industry. The legacy of Abbey Road combined with this innovative approach will fulfill this purpose and create an unparalleled new model of music education.”
Abbey Road Institute, which is headed up by the London based CEO, Luca Barassi is equally delighted to have the reputable and talented music industry titan come on board to launch their first school in the US.
Barassi says: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Julio who is at the top of his game. The quality of the education we offer is incredibly important and opening a school with Julio at the helm, with the level of experience and expertise he has within the music industry, will prove invaluable to the school and our students. We have many success stories from our current graduates – those that are working for internationally recognized employers in the music industry such as Universal Music, Spotify, Netflix, Redbull Studios, Apple and Abbey Road Studios as well as those that are making their next step in their respective countries across Europe and Australia.”
The Institute’s ethos and curriculum have been founded on the nearly 90 years of expertise and innovation in production and recording developed at Abbey Road Studios. Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road, says: “We launched our first school in London and we’ve been watching the Institute go from strength to strength ever since. The demand for the education our team have created has been an inspiration to observe and I look forward to further growth in the US in the future.”
As a member of the board, Universal Music UK’s COO David Sharpe has also been following the developments of the Institute closely and seen the success of graduates launching their careers:
“The music industry today is so competitive anyone entering their first job in production and recording needs to be ultra-skilled and motivated. Having an Abbey Road Institute education under their belts will not only prepare them for the working world but really help them stand out.”
In addition to the new Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering, Copello will be launching a bespoke Diploma in Music Performance at Miami Art House Academy. The Music Performance course will provide a training ground for up and coming artists who will work closely with those on the Music Production diploma, providing both groups with a catalyst to speed up and enhance learning in their respective subjects. A very innovative element of this synergic model of education is that it will result in a fully produced EP professionally overseen by Reyes Copello and his team, providing graduates with an invaluable asset to launch their professional careers. The eyes of key industry people and renowned artists that are frequent visitors of the existing studio business at Art House, will no doubt take notice of the projects and talent coming out of the school, an opportunity no other academic environment can provide.
Multiple award-winning producer Julio Reyes Copello has a high level of industry recognition with 9 Grammy and Latin Grammys under his belt (with more than 20 nominations), 3 of which he received in this year’s awards. They include, in 2019, ‘Record of the Year’ Latin Grammy for ‘Mi Persona Favorita’by Alejandro Sanz & Camila Cabello as well as ‘Best Latin Pop Album’ for #ElDisco’ by Alejandro Sanzand ‘Best Tropical Latin Album’ (Tie) for Marc Anthony’s ‘Opus’.
The team of bilingual music professionals working with Reyes Copello at Miami Art House that will be part of the Abbey Road Institute educational programs will also include engineer Maria Elisa Ayerbe, who the Latin Recording Academy recently honored as one of the “Leading Ladies of Latin Entertainment.” Maria, and other female music industry leaders who are part of the Miami Art House Academy teaching staff, will look to inspire a new generation of female music production and engineering students.
The school will be enrolling its first intake of students onto the Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in the fall of 2020. Applications are open now for suitable candidates.