Online music composition lessons and services 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 students study with a music composition instructor that gives composition lessons to students around the globe, 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 students how to compose music based on research, experience, and education.
Unlike other online music composition lessons and courses, we don't believe in a one approach 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 instructor. We provide highly individualized lesson feedback based on the students needs, interest, and current knowledge of composition technique. Students 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 way to compose music; many composers fail to see the fundamental flaws that affect the overall effectiveness of their compositions. 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.
Music composition students learn how to create professional quality music compositions that adhere to industry standards for music notation, voicing, originality, musical style, and overall composition. Online music composition lessons create an atmosphere that allow music composition students to apprentice and receive mentoring in a flexible online environment. Music composition students never need to worry about getting pushed into one particular style of composing. Our instructor believes in training the student to improve compositional technique and knowledge of other composer's music, and that by doing so, the student's works and style naturally emerge over time. A composer's unique compositional voice can't be rushed; only time, experience, and the proper guidance can help a composer reach their full potential.
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
Private Music Composition Courses
Music Composition Seminar
Original Music Composition Resources and Articles (Many articles are available without enrollment in music composition lessons, visit UreMusic.org.)
Original Music Commissions
Music Notation Services
Music Editing Service
Orchestrations, Transcriptions, and Transpositions
Music composition lessons take students through a series of online music composition courses aimed at developing the composer's knowledge of music theory and how it 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.
Students 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 students motivated and inspired, courses provide appropriate fundamental training in music composition, while private instruction allows a student to develop creatively by writing original compositions. This three-part approach to training composers allows music students to progress rapidly and develop their own individual musical voice.
Adequate progress for a composer requires that the student 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's current ability. Music Theory begins in the fall, Counterpoint in the winter, and Orchestration in the spring. Students 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 students an assigned listening list for the month.
60-Minute Lesson: $75.00 per lesson, up to a maximum of 3 lessons per month. Discounts are available when you purchase more than one lesson at a time.
Complete the Music Composition Lesson Application to study with a music composer online.