Modern Music Theory

Dates Days Time Duration Price Code Spaces
22/06/2022 to 27/07/2022 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 6 Weeks $990.00 AUD 22MMT3 7
31/08/2022 to 05/10/2022 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 6 Weeks $990.00 AUD 22MMT4 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 and elements of Modern Music Theory. 

Course Overview
Explore the field of music theory and melodic composition and how they are relevant in today’s production age. Using music theory this course will teach you how to choose certain chords and colours to bring out the emotion and feeling in your music. This course focuses on relevant music theory and that will help guide you in brining out the feelings and colours that you want in your music.  

Course content and features
Understand the differences between musical scales and how they give a track a particular harmonic sound and colour
Learn how to make epic uplifting or emotional tracks by choosing the right chords and scales
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
chord progressions and layered melodies using principles of harmony
Combine multiple musical parts to write a cohesive, consistent composition


Permanent access to our guides and articles in our Forum: 
Each student gets access to detailed notes and references covering all courses and providing a valuable ongoing and updated resource to aide learning reinforcement.   
Carbon Electra: Each enrolment includes a software licence to use the award winning Carbon Electra, one of the worlds leading synthesizers. 
School of Synthesis Producer Pack: Each enrolment includes a carefully selected VST/AU plugin pack for Windows and MAC OSX with everything you need to get producing, including some of the best EQs, Compressors, FX and Limiters available.  
Analogue Sequences:
 Each enrolment includes an authorised download of the Loopmasters Analogue Sequences pack designed by School of Synthesis trainers. 
SOS Loopmasters Pack:All SOS students receive 2 gigabytes of samples from the award winning Loopmasters collection. 
Educational Discounts: As an SOS students you will be eligible for student discounts from Ableton, Output, Fabfilter, Rob Papen, Plugin Boutique and more. Information on educational discounts will be sent to you via email upon enrolment.

Learning methods: 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 derived from real-world applications of the technology. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your recreations 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 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 receive a t-shirt, sticker and completion 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'!