Online music composition lessons and courses were established online in 1996 to provide composers with an option for learning how to write and compose music that goes beyond simply learning about composing a melody and plugging in harmony. Our composers study with a music composition instructor that gives composition lessons to composers around the globe through a combination or private instruction and individualized online music composition courses, at a time and schedule that works for even the busiest composer. As the first website to provide online music composition lessons, we have developed an effective system for teaching composers how to compose music based on research, experience, and education.
Unlike other online music composition lessons and music courses, we don't believe in a one method fits all approach to learning how to compose music. Composers that want to learn to write music need quality instruction and highly individualized feedback from a qualified composer. We provide highly individualized lesson feedback based on the composers needs, interest, and current knowledge of composition techniques. Composers accepted into the studio receive dedicated attention, detailed feedback, and guidance to improve the student composer's understanding of what works in a composition and what needs improvement. While we don't believe in one correct style of composing music; many composers fail to see the fundamental flaws that affect the overall effectiveness of their compositions. Additionally, talented composers often fail simply because they don't understand the mechanics of the industry. Knowing how to format a musical score, submit works for publication, and gaining recognition are all important factors that go into developing as a composer.
Composition students submit assignments and receive feedback in “The Composers Studio”. The online studio provides an opportunity for members to post music compositions, receive advice, and network with other composition students. Whether you are an amateur or a professional composer, lessons provide the necessary instruction to help you realize your potential as a composer.
Access to The Composers Studio: Composers have access to all the resources available within The Composers Studio. The studio provides free access to The Elements of Music Composition eBook, as well as any updates to the text. The studio allows student composers to upload their compositions, receive feedback, and complete any required coursework.
Private Music Composition Courses: Courses are available on a case-by-case basis. Not all composers require courses along with private lessons. Composers that don't enroll in courses have the benefit of getting additional composition instruction. The courses are designed to provide beginning to intermediate composers with knowledge of counterpoint, music theory, and orchestration. However, these subjects are also covered within music composition lessons.
Music Composition Seminar: The seminar occurs on a quarterly basis, and deals with the symphonic works of Gustav Mahler. The course is being restructured for 2015, and will be available to current student composers in March 2015.
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Music composition lessons take composers through a series of online music composition courses aimed at developing the composer's knowledge of music theory, and teach composers how music theory relates to the organization of music. Starting with the fundamentals, music composition lessons teach concepts of unity, variety, and the aesthetics of musical form. While formal training in music isn't required to begin studying music composition, a commitment to the art and knowledge of basic musical concepts is highly encouraged.
Composers learn how to write for a variety of ensembles through the orchestration music composition course. Orchestration starts with the solo instruments and works up to large ensembles. Monthly seminars help to keep composers motivated and inspired, courses provide appropriate fundamental training in music composition, while private instruction allows a student composer to develop creatively by writing original compositions. This three-part approach to training composers allows music composition students to progress rapidly and develop their own individual musical voice. Online music composition lessons are taught by composer, Kevin Ure. More information about the music composition instructor can be found by visiting his website, The Music of Kevin Ure.
Adequate progress for a composer requires that the student composer complete approximately two musical works per year and stays active in the current music theory course. One of the works should be performed publicly by a local group or by the composer. Performances can be in the form of a recording or community event.
Access to music composition courses, as appropriate to the student composer's current ability. Music Theory begins in the fall, Counterpoint in the winter, and Orchestration in the spring. Composers that don't meet the minimum requirements to take courses will receive basic theory instruction in their private lessons, until the composer is ready to take courses.
Monthly music composition seminars run from November to August each year. The music composition seminar works in conjunction with the student's music composition lessons and provides a look at a specific composer while giving composers an assigned listening list for the month.
Please check the Pay for Lessons link in the navigation bar for current prices. Prices are monthly and provide students with two lessons per month and access to the current composition course. Students may apply to begin a course in January, March, May, July, September, and November.