Demystifying Music Composition Through Practical Exercises and Techniques for the Modern Composer and Songwriter
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Welcome to the COMPLETE Music COMPOSITION AND FILM SCORING Guide!
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.
I'm planning on making several "sections" of this class, and this is only part 1. As the class grows, we will go deeper and deeper into my techniques. This class is focused on the beginning: Generating ideas and getting started.
In this class, we will cover:
My background, and listen to some of my music
Why Tension and Release?
Tools of the trade: Software
Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper
Long Term and Short Term Tensions
Using Form for Tension and Release
Forms that Create Drama
The 4 Elements of Form
Example: Mozart, Moonlight Sonata
Composing with Sonata Form
Modern Uses of Sonata Form
Example: Muse, Butterflies and Hurricanes
Tension and Release with Meter
Alternating Compound and Duple Meters
Using Rhythm for Altering Expectations
Example: Philip Glass, Truman Show Soundtrack
Example: Allen, Aporia
Using Harmony for Tension and Release
Consonance and Dissonance
Moving "Pedal Tones"
Example: Aphex Twin, Ventolin
Combining Multiple Techniques
Example: Mozart, Sonata in C
Example: Allen, Angel of Repose
Film Music and Tension Cues
Composing for Films
Any much, much, more!
And of course, once you sign up for this course you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.
The course is a roadmap to launching your career as a composer!
All the tools you need to successfully learn Music Composition are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.
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