Music Composition 101: Fundamentals, Principles, and Myths

Demystifying music composition, film scoring, music production, and more
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 (459 ratings)
14,807 students
English

Write and Compose music using proven techniques and tips
Create their own music using software, or good old pencil and paper.
Generate musical ideas through creativity exercises
Tools of the trade: Software
Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper
How do you start?
The process
Program music and metaphors
Character sketches
Writing through canon
Form
Binary, Ternary, and Rondo forms
Starting with a plan
Graphic form representations
Triads, and basic rules of harmony
Chord progressions
Film Music and Tension Cues
Composing for Films
And much more!

Requirements

  • Students should be enthusiastic about music, but do not need to be producers or musicians. No prior experience is needed in the music industry, business, financing, or accounting.
  • For those without any music notation background at all, the course Music Theory Comprehensive - Part 1 is highly recommended.

Description

** UDEMY BEST SELLING INSTRUCTOR**

Welcome to Music Composition 101: Fundamentals, Principals, and Myths. The complete guide to getting started in music composition.

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take their music career (or music interest) and develop it into something more. Whether you are an active musician or an aspiring musician, this class is perfect for you.

When most people think of a composer, they imagine someone sitting in a dusty attic with a grand piano, a big white wig, and the year is 1800. That might have been accurate back then, but the modern composer is just like you and me. In fact, I am one. 

In this course, I'll show you the techniques I use for writing music in a variety of styles and situations. I've worked with major American orchestras, film studios, and video game designers, so I've got more than a little experience. I'm also a PhD in music composition and a university professor (of music composition). 

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students and give them the joy of Music Theory.

This course starts with common misconceptions about the art of writing music. I'll give you the first one right now: You don't have to be a genius. Music Composition is a skill that can be learned, with practice.

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

Some of the topics we will cover in this class are: 

  • My background, and listen to some of my music

  • What you need to know

  • Myths of the composer

  • Tools of the trade: Software

  • Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper

  • How do you start?

  • The process

  • Program music and metaphors

  • Character sketches

  • Writing through canon

  • Form

  • Starting with a plan

  • Graphic form representations

  • Film scoring and Tension Cues

  • Composing for Films and Games

  • Principals of orchestration

  • Principals of music theory

  • To use a keyboard or not to use a keyboard?

  • Any much, much, more! 


And of course, once you sign up for this class, all my other classes are yours at steep discounts! Over half off for all future sections!

The course is a roadmap to launching your career as a composer!

All the tools you need to prepare, organize and start your career are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.

Please click the "Take This Course" button so you can launch your music career today.


** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough music business course available ANYWHERE on the market - or your money back (30 day money back guarantee, as per Udemy policy) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.

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Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  "It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

⇢  "Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

⇢  "Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

⇢  "VERY COOL. I've waited for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury

  "I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

⇢  "The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

⇢  "Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith

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Who this course is for:

  • Anyone in any country who is ready to start their professional music career by learning everything they need to know about how music composition works and the film scoring industry.
  • Anyone interested in learning to write music for fun, or as a potential new career

Course content

7 sections33 lectures2h 27m total length
  • Introduction & Welcome
    04:33
  • My Background
    08:03
  • Let's talk frankly about music composition
    03:28

Instructor

Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer
Jason Allen
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 48,350 Reviews
  • 227,068 Students
  • 76 Courses

** J. is the #1 best selling music teacher on Udemy. He is the author of the #1 best selling music theory course on Udemy, "Music Theory Comprehensive" (12 parts), and Music Theory for Electronic Musicians (3 parts), which have been purchased by more than 70,000 students in 11 languages in 196 countries.**  

** He is a PhD in music, and a best selling music producer. He brings this authenticity to all of his Udemy courses. **


Jason Allen (better known as J. Anthony Allen) has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers. 

J. Anthony Allen teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, where he runs the Music, Media, and Management program. He is also an Ableton Live Certified Trainer,  co-founder, owner and CEO of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis, the CTO of Ion Concert Media, and sole owner and producer of music education courses under the umbrella of Punkademic Courses. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music. 

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelor's degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way. 

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)