Music Composition 2
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- By the end of the course you will understand and be able to compose chord progressions.
- You will learn how to develop your harmonic material through a variety of compositional techniques.
- You will learn about musical texture and how rhythm, melody, and harmony are combined.
- By the end of this course you will also have composed a number of entire pieces in various compositional forms.
- You will get practice notating music using music notation software.
- It is highly recommended that you take "Music Composition 1" (by the same author) before taking this course.
- A basic knowledge of music theory (especially Roman numeral names of chords from the scale). If you do not already have a rudimentary understanding of music theory, it is recommended that you take a music theory course before this course. (See course "Music Theory" by the same author)
- 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)
Music Composition 2 is the second 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 harmonic composition. Part two covers the study of compositional form. (Rhythmic and melodic composition were studied in Music Composition 1. It is highly recommended that you take Music Composition 1 before taking this course.)
Course lectures consist of both video and 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 composition assignments. Memory questions serve to summarize and reinforce key concepts learned, while the quizzes tests the students’ knowledge and understanding of the material from each section. Students who take this course will get practice notating music with music notation software. In the composition assignments students will get real life practice using the information and techniques learned in each section to write and develop their own harmonic progressions. By the end of the course students will have composed a number of entire pieces in various compositional forms.
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!
- Anyone who has always wanted to learn how to write music!
- 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!)
- 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 other genres.
- If you want to deepen your understanding of music, learn to write it!
In this lecture you will review the basic music theory concept of "key" and the seven chords that can be formed from the major scale. You will also learn which chords of the scale are called "primary" chords and what their usefulness is.
In this lecture you will learn about the principle of voice leading and one way of creating better sounding transitions between chords.
In this lecture you will learn about "secondary" chords and their tonal functions. You will also begin learning about function substitutes.
Learn how to write chord progressions using a standard formula and an easy to use Venn diagram. View two chord charts that list which chords typically follow other chords.
In this lecture you will learn how a chord progression can be developed through the extension of any tonal function.
In this lecture you will learn about the three types of harmonic phrases and how their cadences or ending tonal function determine what type of phrase it is.