At School of Synthesis we cover COMPOSITION in a small class of between 1-8 people. This course is not only perfect for those who have completed our popular class in Electronic Music Theory, but anyone with a basic understanding of music theory who is looking to combine melody and harmony with purpose. Please let us know if you have any concerns about your level of knowledge in music theory, as we are happy to help ensure you are in the right course and can learn as much as possible.
Explore the field of Melodic Composition. Examine how to guide a listener's emotion by choosing particular combinations of melody, harmony and rhythm.
Course content and features
Understand the differences between Musical Scales and how they give a Composition a particular harmonic sound.
Study and practice writing Melodies using Scales, Intervals and Melodic Motion
Explore the elements of Rhythm such as Meter, Note Placement, Note Length and Accents.
Write layered melodies and chord progressions using the principles of Harmony.
Learn how multiple musical elements interact using principles of Counterpoint and Syncopation.
Gain an understanding of Musical Tension and its use in Melodic Composition.
Knowledge of Scales, Intervals and Melodic Motion to write a Melody with a specific emotion.
Understanding of the elements of Rhythm and their affect on Melody and Harmony.
Write Chord Progressions and Layered Melodies using principles of Harmony.
Combine multiple Musical Parts to write a cohesive, consistent Composition.
Each session commences with a group demonstration and discussion, followed by solo work on one of our eight Mac workstations where you will practice set themes and techniques. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your compositions and save various versions of your work.
Additional resources and materials:
All hardware and software is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. portable usb or firewire drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes.
Assessment and feedback:
You will save successive work and will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor. All students will be sent a School of Synthesis tote bag containing a t-shirt, sticker and certificate upon the successful completion of the course. At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to leave feedback and evaluate your experience, at which point we'll email you a link to a suite of exclusive sounds and various discount offers from the School and its partners to say 'thanks'!