Write Your First Piece of Music In 14 Steps
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Write Your First Piece of Music In 14 Steps

Use A Free Notation Program To Learn How to Write Music
4.8 (8 ratings)
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Created by Cody Weinmann
Last updated 8/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • You will confidently write your first piece of music and share it with the world
  • Build music templates to use again and again
  • Create a beautiful publisher grade score of your music and arrangements and sell it
  • You will learn how to navigate Muse Score
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  • Must have an interest in music creation
  • Must have access to Muse Score--a free program, which is provided in the course.
  • Some knowledge of very basic music principles is helpful but not required.

You want to write a piece of music. You don't have the resources. Well, this is the course for you. In a mere 14 steps, I show you how to write your first piece of music from downloading a free program (Muse Score) to putting the final touches on a simple score. If you can do it with this piece and course, you can use these skills to create larger scale pieces and maybe be writing music for others and get paid.

First, we go through how to set up a new score in Muse Score via setting up a sheet music template. Then, we're going to explore different ways of notating the music via the computer and MIDI keyboards. Next, you're going to explore how to edit, adapt and make your score as close to a publisher-grade score as possible. 

The final step is where you are going to put your piece up for sale. In the course, I show you three different platforms on which you could place your music for sale. These include Gumroad, SMP Press, and JWPepper via the My Score Program.

By the end of the course, you will be able to write beautiful, publisher grade sheet music to sell from start to finish.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you want to write music digitally, this course is for you!
  • If you're interested in taking your handwritten scores to the digital age, this is for you.
  • If you want to learn the very basics of writing music, this is for you.
  • People Taking music classes in high school or college
  • Worship leaders who may be doing arranging for music for worship
  • Music educators who are new to music notation software
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Welcome to Write Your First Piece of Music in 14 Steps
3 Lectures 04:48

This is the intro lecture welcoming you all to the course with a bit about what this course is about.

Preview 02:00

Learn about your instructor. I'm a composer and transcriber who loves helping people with their music. If you need music services, feel free to go in the resources section for more.

Preview 01:48

This is the lecture showing you where and how to download Muse Score, a free music notation software program.

Preview 01:00
Starting Composing With Muse Score
5 Lectures 25:28

In this lecture, we're going to practice setting up our first score in Muse Score--step by step.  Practice doing this at least three times.

Preview 07:02

In this lecture, I show you how to add or delete instruments in your score at any time.

Preview 02:25

This lecture tells and shows you how to use the mouse and the various note and rest input controls to begin notating music. Practice various combinations of notes and rests to make beautiful music.

Preview 05:41

This lecture goes into detail about the ways you can use a MIDI keyboard to notate music into Muse Score

Preview 03:47

The left hand side palettes are your friend! I go through each of the tools from dynamics to lines, to tempo and other things. These palettes are where you'll find all your embellishment tools.

Step Five: Overview and Functionality of Tools on the Left
Editing and Adding Embellishing Music
9 Lectures 01:17:01

This lecture helps you to put dynamic markings in your score.

Step Six: Add Dynamics to Your Music

In this lecture, I discuss and show how to put slurs in your score. I also show you how to edit the slurs once they're in.

Step Seven: Put Slurs and Other Play Markings in The Score

In this lecture, I teach you how to put tempo markings in your score (in Muse Score). You can also put multiple tempos in your score.

Step Eight: Put Tempo Markings In Your Music

This lecture is all about the various lines you can put (slurs, etc). in your piece on Muse Score.

Step Nine:Put Any Other Lines, Articulations, and Ornaments in Your Music

I teach you in this lecture the various ways to edit notes and beams in Muse Score. I go over flagged beam techniques and note head editing techniques.

Step Ten: Edit Notes and Beams

This tutorial will go into detail on how to write lyrics for your score, including positioning, phrasing and the like.

Step Eleven: Write Lyrics If Your Piece Has It

This lecture goes into detail about what the other text toolbars mean--namely rehearsal, tempo, dynamic and technique text are discussed in this video and how to add them to your score.

Step Twelve: Add Any Other Text to Your Piece

This video goes into the final steps in preparing your score to present or to sell in the market place. Make sure your score is publisher-grade and ready.

Step Thirteen: Prepare Your Score and/or Parts

The final lecture of the course is all about three publishing platforms online and how to publish your music with each one. Platforms discussed include SMP Press, Gumroad.com and www.jwpepper.com/myscore.

Step Fourteen: Publish Your Piece
Bonus Lectures
2 Lectures 08:44

In this intro video, I start off the Bonus Material of the Write Your First Piece of Music in 14 Steps if you want extra content. Comment in the Q and A if you have a subject in Muse Score that you want to learn in this course.

Bonus Lecture Intro

In this video, I go into detail on how to layer harmonies and parts in muse score.

Bonus: How to Layer Harmonies in Muse Score
About the Instructor
Cody Weinmann
4.8 Average rating
8 Reviews
714 Students
2 Courses
Composer, Music Transcriber, Orchestrator, and Pianist

I am a singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and orchestrator residing in Southern California. I compose everything from concert band, orchestra, chamber, choral, and sacred music to folk, singer-songwriter, and rock songs.  My two recent singles "Get Away Devil" and "It Ain't Paradise" have subtle hints of The Eagles and Coldplay and a few other artists. I try to be relevant once in a while.

I have composed for various short films and video game pilots and even a Godly film or two.

I graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with two degrees, the main B.A. in Music Composition, the second one was music technology, so with this, there will be a lot of courses on composing and composition techniques as well as some courses dealing with music technology--like MainStage, Garageband, Logic Pro, or Pro Tools.

I also play piano and sing. I have over 20 years' experience playing piano and have had five years of vocal coaching. This lead me to teach at an art school over in Pomona, California and later on in 2014, I began teaching at a local music store in Walnut, California. I have been teaching piano and voice  there for over three years.

Recently in 2015, I started a music transcription service website down below for all who need sheet music written, arranged, or transcribed for their projects. Contact me if you need any of this!

I hope to help all of you who come to this page with your musical needs!