Write Your Symphony Now! | The Elements of Music Composition
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Write Your Symphony Now! | The Elements of Music Composition

Advance your music composition and songwriting skills and learn melody craft, methods of music composition and scoring.
3.7 (76 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.
995 students enrolled
Created by Rajiv Narang
Last updated 8/2020
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This course includes
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 19 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop your skill writing melodies and Learn 12 approaches to creating variations on any melody
  • Learn to get your musical ideas on the page and develop them on a score for multiple instruments
  • Learn to use free notation software with playback so you can hear your music as you're writing
  • Learn to recognize and create great motifs
  • Learn four of the most popular classical song forms
  • Be able to create parts around a musical idea
  • Develop your music notation skills
  • Be able to generate musical ideas at will
  • On completion of this course students will have a completed symphony for full classical orchestra
Requirements
  • Knowledge of basic music theory including chord construction, musical keys, and basic notation
  • Free music notation software for writing and practice activities (MuseScore)
  • If you feel you’d like more theory and foundations prep for this course, I recommmend The Elements of Music.
Description

Welcome to Write Your Symphony Now! | The Elements of Music Composition

This course is designed to take you through the process of writing a symphony for classical orchestra.


Take your music composition and songwriting skills to the next level.


Three Approaches to this Course:

1. Cover all lessons and advance your ability to write melodies, harmony, songs, and scores.

2. Complete selected practice activities and write a sonata, an adagio, a minuet and trio, or a rondo.

3. If you successfully complete this course and each of the lessons and activities in it, you will have a completed symphony for full classical orchestra.


By the end of this course students will know:

Five methods for coming up with melodies and harmonies from scratch.

12 ways to create variations on a melody.

Principles of composition.

How to write and arrange four of the most popular classical music song forms.

And much more.


This is not a passive learning course.  There is a significant amount of work involved to complete the objective and practice modules and the application of concepts in workspaces require your active engagement.  What you are undertaking can be done, but it is not easy.


Who this course is for:
  • Intermediate music students and practitioners who want to take their compositional skills to a new level.
Course content
Expand all 96 lectures 08:06:53
+ Level One - Overview and Musical Ideas
7 lectures 27:55
Finding Purpose, Providing Structure
04:58
The Framework of the Symphony Score
07:52
The Beginning and the Generation of Musical Ideas
01:59
Concert Pitch and Transposing Instruments
00:22
Setting Up the Workspace
06:58
+ Level One Practice Modules
11 lectures 32:08
Practice Activity 1
02:32
Practice Activity 2
01:54
Practice Activity 3
02:16
Optional Bonus Activity
01:10
Practice Activity 4
02:12
Practice Activity 5
02:24
Practice Activity 6
03:26
Orchestration Practice 1
07:25
Orchestration Practice 2
03:20
Orchestration Practice 3
05:23
Orchestration - Other Perspectives
00:06
+ Level 2 - Approaches to Melody and Harmony
10 lectures 58:00
Five Approaches to Melody and Harmony
02:59
Composition 1 - Starting with Melody
14:27
Finding the Perfect Chord
01:32
Passing Notes
00:02
Composition 2 - Starting with Harmony
08:16
Composition 3 Part 1 - Starting with Rhythm
07:42
Composition 3 Part 2 - Starting with Rhythm
04:12
Composition 4 - Starting with Texture
09:59
Composition 5 - Starting with Sound
08:28
Some Advice
00:22
+ Practice Modules - Transposition
5 lectures 12:21
Transposing Practice 1
03:46
Transposing Practice 2
02:00
Transposing Practice 3
01:39
Transposing Practice 4
02:08
Transposing Practice 5
02:48
+ Practice Modules - Variations on Melodies
14 lectures 01:35:09
Variations Practice Prep
07:19
Variations Practice 1
08:16
Variations Practice 3
08:12
Variations Practice 4
07:32
Variations Practice 5
08:50
Variations Practice 6
08:25
Variations Practice 7
06:00
Variations Practice 8
04:28
Variations Practice 9
13:02
Variations Practice 10
03:40
Variations Practice 11
07:29
Variations Practice 12
04:54
Creating Variations on a Melody or Theme - Summary
02:09
+ Level Three - The Four Movements
6 lectures 12:03
The Sonata
04:10
The Adagio
02:20
The Second Movement - Bonus Material
00:04
The Minuet and Trio
01:55
The Rondo
03:08
A Wonderful Option for Structure
00:25
+ Level Four - Motifs
4 lectures 25:31
Motifs 1 - Finding Motifs
05:56
Motifs 2 - Intervals
05:00
Motifs 3 - Rhythms
09:09
Motifs 4 - Chords
05:26
+ Motif Application Activities
7 lectures 41:46
Motif Variations 1
05:42
Motif Variations 2
03:59
Motif Variations 3
05:25
Motif Variations 4
04:53
Motif Variations 5
06:31
Motif Variations 6
06:06
Motif Variations 7
09:10