Modern Music Theory

Dates Days Time Duration Price Code Spaces
28/04/2021 to 16/06/2021 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 8 Weeks $1,290.00 AUD 21MMT2 3
28/07/2021 to 15/09/2021 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 8 Weeks $1,290.00 AUD 21MMT3 7
27/10/2021 to 15/12/2021 Wednesday 19:00 - 22:00 8 Weeks $1,290.00 AUD 21MMT4 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.



Carbon Electra: 
Each enrolment includes a software licence to use 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 EQ, Compressor, FX and Limiters available.  

Analogue Sequences:
Each enrolment includes an authorised download of the Loopmaster Analogue Sequences pack designed by School of Synthesis trainers for Ableton Live. 

SOS Loopmasters Pack:
All SOS students receive a free download 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 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'!