Music Composition 1
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Music Composition 1

Learn how to compose well-written rhythms and melodies
4.4 (1,309 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
10,114 students enrolled
Created by Jonathan Peters
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 70 articles
  • 20 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of the course you will be able to compose your own rhythms and melodies. This includes motifs, phrases, periods and phrase groups.
  • You will also learn how to develop your rhythmic and melodic material through a wide variety of compositional techniques.
  • You will get practice transcribing music (hearing rhythms and melodies and then writing them down in notation form).
  • You will get practice notating music using music notation software.
  • You will be prepared to study harmony and form in Music Composition 2
Requirements
  • A basic knowledge of music theory: students who take this course should be able to read notes in treble clef and bass clef, have a basic knowledge of note durations, meter, key, scales, flats, sharps, intervals, chords, and chord inversions. If you do not already have a rudimentary understanding of music theory it is recommend that you take a music theory course before enrolling in this course. (See “Music Theory” by the author of this course.)
  • Musescore (free music notation software)
  • Although not a necessity, it is very beneficial that the student have some ability to play the piano (or other instrument)
Description

Music Composition 1 is the first course in a series of two courses that teaches how music is put together and how to write your own music. The course is divided into two parts. Part one covers the study of rhythmic composition. Part two covers the study of melodic composition. (Harmony and form are studied in Music Composition 2) 

Course lectures consist mainly of video but also include some text. Each section of the course covers a particular concept (or related concepts). Concepts and compositional techniques are demonstrated throughout the course with real musical examples (pictures and audio samples). 

Besides lectures, each section of the course also contains memory questions, section quiz, listening assignments, and transcription/composition assignments. Memory questions serve to summarize and reinforce key concepts learned, while the quizzes test the students’ knowledge and understanding of the material from each section. Students who take this course will get practice transcribing music (hearing a rhythm or a melody and writing it down). In the composition assignments students will get real life practice using the information and techniques learned in each section to write their own rhythms and melodies. 

Who should take this course? Every student of music should know how to compose! It is a sad but true fact that most modern music teachers and music courses do not include music composition as part of the students’ musical education. In the past it was typical for students of music to be able to compose music. The “complete” musician can play an instrument, has knowledge of music theory AND can also compose! If you want to deepen your understanding of music, learn to write it! 


Course Includes:

  • 190 Diagrams and Audio Samples (to illustrate concepts taught)

  • 125 Memory Questions (to reinforce concepts taught)

  • 90 Transcription and Composition Assignments (to practice the concepts taught)

  • 76 Listening Assignments

  • 21 Quizzes

Who this course is for:
  • Every student of music!
  • Beginning Composers/Songwriters
  • Composers/Songwriters with previous knowledge or experience who want to brush up and hone their skills (and maybe learn some new techniques!)
  • Anyone who has always wanted to learn how to write music!
  • Although this course uses many examples from classical music, most of the information and compositional techniques learned in this course can be used by musicians of any genre (including rock, pop, and jazz)
Course content
Expand all 120 lectures 02:40:30
+ RHYTHMIC TRANSCRIPTION
6 lectures 06:12
Introduction
01:27

In this brief introduction you will learn the 4 main reasons every student of music should learn to compose.

Why Compose?
01:50
Getting Things to Paper
01:06
Memory Questions (sec.1)
00:27
Section 1 Quiz
15 questions
Transcription Assignments for Section 1
01:09
Listening Assignments (sec.1)
00:11
+ THE RHYTHMIC MOTIF
6 lectures 11:08

In this lecture you will learn the two most important principles of writing music and why they are vital to music composition.

Preview 01:43

In this lecture you will begin to study the connection between language and music. You will also learn the definition of a rhythmic motif and its connection to the principle of uniformity. Some techniques will be given for coming up with your own rhythmic motifs.

Preview 03:42

In this lecture you will learn 5 helpful tips on coming up with your own musical ideas. You will also learn 4 reasons for notating (writing down) all of your ideas.

Coming Up With Ideas
04:31
Memory Questions (sec.2)
00:23
Section 2 Quiz
23 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.2)
00:45
Listening Assignments (sec.2)
00:03
+ THE RHYTHMIC PHRASE
4 lectures 05:24

In this lecture you will learn the definition and characteristics of a phrase. You will learn how rhythmic motifs are combined to create rhythmic phrases. The tool of repetition will be introduced along with some do's and dont's.

The Musical Sentence
04:03
Memory Questions (sec.3)
00:12
Section 3 Quiz
21 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.3)
01:01
Listening Assignments (sec.3)
00:07
+ TYPES OF RHYTHMIC PHRASES
4 lectures 05:08

In this lecture you will learn that there are only three types of phrases. You will also learn helpful techniques to create each of the three types of phrases on your own.

Categorizing Phrases
03:50
Memory Questions (sec.4)
00:35
Section 4 Quiz
13 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.4)
00:33
Listening Assignments (sec.4)
00:10
+ RHYTHMIC PERIODS & PHRASE GROUPS
5 lectures 04:49

In this lecture you will learn how rhythmic phrases are combined to create rhythmic periods. You will be introduced to the antecedent and consequent phrases and learn helpful techniques to create your own antecedent and consequent rhythmic phrases.

The Period
01:59

In this lecture you will learn the difference between a rhythmic period and a rhythmic phrase group.

The Phrase Group
01:32
Memory Questions (sec.5)
00:28
Section 5 Quiz
14 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.5)
00:41
Listening Assignments (sec.5)
00:08
+ RHYTHMIC DEVELOPMENT – PART 1
5 lectures 03:45

In this lecture you will learn how to develop rhythmic material through the compositional technique of augmentation.

Augmentation
01:39

In this lecture you will learn how to develop rhythmic material through the compositional technique of diminution.

Diminution
01:22
Memory Questions (sec.6)
00:18
Section 6 Quiz
11 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.6)
00:15
Listening Assignments (sec.6)
00:09
+ RHYTHMIC DEVELOPMENT – PART 2
6 lectures 04:27

In this lecture you will learn how to develop rhythmic material through the compositional technique of truncation.

Truncation
01:11

In this lecture you will learn how to develop rhythmic material through the compositional technique of expansion.

Expansion
00:46

In this lecture you will learn how to develop rhythmic material through the compositional technique of displacement.

Displacement
01:31
Memory Questions (sec.7)
00:28
Section 7 Quiz
12 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.7)
00:22
Listening Assignments (sec.7)
00:08
+ CONVEYING MOOD THROUGH RHYTHM
4 lectures 05:15

In this lecture you will study "rhythmic" mood and look at examples of how different types of rhythmic material can contribute to creating the mood of the piece.

Rhythmic Mood
04:42
Memory Questions (sec.8)
00:19
Section 8 Quiz
6 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.8)
00:10
Listening Assignments (sec.8)
00:04
+ MELODIC TRANSCRIPTION
7 lectures 14:32

In this lecture you will learn the definition of melody. You will learn how rhythm and melody are connected and how they affect one another.

Definition of Melody
02:17

In this lecture you will learn the 4 ways in which melody can move. You will study examples of each type and learn how a balance of the 4 types of movement make the most interesting and memorable melodies.

Preview 05:47

A brief discussion of melody's connection to speech, how different types of melodies are suggested by different instruments, and where all these techniques and rules for writing music come from.

How Melody is Formed and its Connection to Speech
01:43

In this lecture you will learn how to set up a document in NotePad for notating melodies and how to enter pitches on to the staff.

Notating Melody
02:24
Memory Questions (sec.9)
00:52
Section 9 Quiz
20 questions
Transcription Assignments (sec.9)
01:21
Listening Assignments (sec.9)
00:07
+ THE MELODIC MOTIF
4 lectures 06:35

In this lecture you will learn about the melodic motif and compare it to the rhythmic motif. You will also cover some useful rules and techniques for coming up with your own melodic motifs.

Another Form of Motif
05:05
Memory Questions (sec.10)
00:34
Section 10 Quiz
12 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.10)
00:47
Listening Assignments (sec.10)
00:08