Music Composition 101: Fundamentals, Principles, and Myths
Demystifying music composition, film scoring, music production, and more
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Welcome to Music Composition 101: Fundamentals, Principals, and Myths. The complete guide to getting started in music composition.
This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take their music career (or music interest) and develop it into something more. Whether you are an active musician or an aspiring musician, this class is perfect for you.
When most people think of a composer, they imagine someone sitting in a dusty attic with a grand piano, big white wig, and the year is 1800. That might have been accurate back then, but the modern composer is just like you and me. In fact, I am one.
In this course I'll show you techniques I use for writing music in a variety of styles and situations. I've worked with major American orchestras, film studios, and video game designers, so I've got more than a little experience. I'm also a PhD in music composition and a university professor (of music composition).
Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.
This course starts with common misconceptions about the art of writing music. I'll give you the first one right now: You don't have to be a genius. Music Composition is a skill that can be learned, with practice.
Some of the topics we will cover in this class are:
My background, and listen to some of my music
What you need to know
Myths of the composer
Tools of the trade: Software
Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper
How do you start?
Program music and metaphors
Writing through canon
Starting with a plan
Graphic form representations
Film Music and Tension Cues
Composing for Films and Games
Any much, much, more!
The course is a roadmap to launching your career as a composer!
All the tools you need to prepare, organize, and start your career are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.
All the tools you need to successfully learn Music Composition are included in this course..
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, and online.
Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:
"It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows the complex concepts to get obsorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah
"Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce
"Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth
"VERY COOL. I've waiting for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury