About This Course

This course will give you a solid foundation to begin learning the craft of composition.

We start with an overview of the fundamental concepts of composing, and how to create a simple melody using basic chords from a given chord progression.

From there, we’ll begin to connect how scales and chords become melody and harmony.

By the end of this course, you’ll be prepared to start using the melodic and harmonic concepts with standard types of musical themes.

Learn the Techniques of the Greatest Composers

We'll look at real music, and see how it works.

The course is a mix of practical and analytical tools to get you started composing quickly.
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Learn the Techniques of the Greatest Composers

What Students Are Saying

  • Fantastic

    Melody Woodham

    I've been composing for many years but this course took me back to basics and served as a reminder of the fundamental building blocks in composition. I feel ...

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    I've been composing for many years but this course took me back to basics and served as a reminder of the fundamental building blocks in composition. I feel like it has refocused my approach to composing. Jon explains everything very clearly and I'm sure I will revisit this course again in future.

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  • Great for Vocab

    Alan Mallows

    This course is excellent for developing vocabulary and practicing composition, but for me it falls short because there is limited opportunity for having each...

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    This course is excellent for developing vocabulary and practicing composition, but for me it falls short because there is limited opportunity for having each compositional attempt critiqued and for advice on what to do and to not do in the future, based on my work.

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  • The Vocabulary of Composition

    Roger McCormick

    Very easy to follow and learn in a step-by-step manner. This is great!

    Very easy to follow and learn in a step-by-step manner. This is great!

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  • Thank you!

    Mirjam Olsson

    Thank you so much for giving me the fundamentals I needed to get started composing!

    Thank you so much for giving me the fundamentals I needed to get started composing!

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  • The lessons are...

    Fullfill A Khongkiang

    The lessons are very easy to grasp. In a sequential order of grade, very precise and interesting.

    The lessons are very easy to grasp. In a sequential order of grade, very precise and interesting.

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  • What a improvement!

    robin pigmans

    I am really happy with the new platform, the history you added to the course also makes it a lot more interesting and understandable. You seem to really impr...

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    I am really happy with the new platform, the history you added to the course also makes it a lot more interesting and understandable. You seem to really improve, and so did I because of it!

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  • The Vocabulary of Composition

    Martin Shead

    Brilliant!

    Brilliant!

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  • Excellent!

    José Luis Velasco

    Definitely an improvement to the previous courses!

    Definitely an improvement to the previous courses!

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  • Excellent

    R. Prem anandh

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Course curriculum

  • Practical

    Learn a simple but reliable process of composition.

  • No Composition Experience Needed

    The course starts from the ground up.

  • Techniques for Any Style of Music

    For any composer, whether you compose film scores, write songs, or just want to compose simple piano pieces.