Modern Music Theory | School Of Synthesis

Modern Music Theory

Dates Days Time Duration Price Code Spaces
02/05/2018 to 20/06/2018 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 8 weeks $1,320.00 18MMT2 4
25/07/2018 to 12/09/2018 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 8 Weeks $1,320.00 18MMT3 7
24/10/2018 to 12/12/2018 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 8 Weeks $1,320.00 18MMT4 8

Modern Music Theory:

At School of Synthesis we cover MUSIC THEORY in a small class of between 1-8 people. This course teaches the principles to write the musical elements of Modern Music Production. 


Explore the field of music theory and melodic composition and how they are relevant in today’s production age. Learn music theory and examine how to guide a listener's emotion by choosing particular combinations of melody, harmony and rhythm. Study various genres of electronic music to understand how their leads, basslines, chord progressions, arpeggiated melodies and other elements are written and combined to create the most musical tracks.  

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.

Course objectives
Understand Scales, Intervals and melodic motion.
Write leads and basslines in key using musical scales
Combine leads, basslines and other melodic lines using musical Intervals
Write chord progressions using scale triads
Create advanced chords using chord inversions, extended and suspended chords
Write rhythmic arpeggiated melodies
Gain an understanding of musical tension and its use in melodic composition.
Combine music theories to develop a more melodic style with clear and precise harmonic structures
Understand 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.

Learning Methods
Each week, students are supplied with a DAW Project containing recreations of Dance Track examples. It also contains Class Exercises which students complete by applying music theories discussed in class.

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'!