Kevin Ure started UreMusic.com in 1996 to help composers gain access to affordable online music composition lessons. Since many people around the world don't have access to composers and music composition-related resources, this website helps those composers get professional instruction from an instructor with a Master's in Music Composition.
Students admitted to The Composer's Studio have access to music composition resources that allow them to communicate with the composition instructor, submit music compositions, and receive feedback. The lessons go beyond the basics and teach composers the ins and outs of composing. Many of the composition techniques are not readily available in theory texts, or other online programs that deal with mainstream music composition instructor. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, and we accept students that compose in a variety of musical genres.
Composers who study music composition online do so from the comfort of their home. There are no due dates. A student simply follows a pre-programmed course of study that involves intensive composer feedback. Beginning student composers alternate between submitting original music composition assignments and theory-based coursework. Composers pay for the number of lessons they wish to take, and there is great flexibility in how often assignments are expected to be submitted.
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 who gives composition lessons to composers around the globe. This is accomplished through a combination of 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 innovation.
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 who want to learn to write music need quality instruction and highly individualized feedback from a qualified composer. Pre-made templates and a one-size-fits all approach only works to provide composers with basic technique. For composers who only want to develop technique, our Music Composition Magazine is a good option.
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 their understanding of how to effectively construct a composition, including components of melody, harmony, form, pace, and color. Many composers fail to see fundamental issues that affect the overall effectiveness of their compositions. Additionally, many talented composers fail to succeed simply because they don't understand the mechanics of the industry. Knowing how to format a musical score, submit works for publication, and gain recognition are all important factors that go into a composer's development.
Composition students submit assignments and receive feedback in The Composers Studio. The music composition studio provides an opportunity for members to post music compositions, receive advice, and complete music composition coursework. 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 coursework, resources, feedback, and an areas to store and upload their compositions for review.
Elements of Composition eBook: This eBook goes over the basics of music composition, and serves as a framework for the type of content composers should be studying.
Private Music Composition Courses: Courses are available on a case-by-case basis. Not all composers require courses along with private lessons, and will receive additional feedback instead of coursework. Advanced courses in counterpoint, theory, form and instrumentation are available only to students, but at an additional charge.
Original Music Composition Resources and Articles: Many articles are available without enrollment in music composition lessons. Visit our free music composition article resource to browse the collection.
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.
Music composition lessons take composers through a series of online music composition courses aimed at developing the composer's knowledge of music theory in a practical manner by teaching 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 learning about basic musical concepts is highly encouraged.
Composers develop their composition ability through a three-part process that continually repeats:
Composers learn how to write for a variety of ensembles through coursework provided online. 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 and style.
Adequate progress for a composer requires that the student composer complete approximately two musical works per year and stays active in the current 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 advanced music 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.*
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.
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