Learn to Develop Your Musical Ideas Using Sonata Form

Bring together all of your skills and learn to finish pieces

  • Advanced Techniques

    Master advanced harmony, melody, and musical form.

  • Guided Modelling

    You’ll compose a new piece modeled on Beethoven's first Piano Sonata.

  • Confidence in Your Ability

    Grasp what goes into a highly developed and integrated piece of music.

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Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Overview of Sonata Form

    • Sonata Form Workbook

    • The Use of Harmony in Sonata Form

    • Thematic Loosening Techniques

    • Melodic Development Techniques

    • Ex. 1-3-1 Audio - Transcribe this melody by ear

    • Ex. 1-3-1 - Melody only

  2. 2
    • Hybrid Theme 1 - Antecedent + Continuation

    • Hybrid Theme 2 - Antecedent + Cadential

    • Hybrid Theme 3 - Compound Basic Idea + Continuation

    • Hybrid Theme 4 - Compound Basic Idea + Consequent

    • Compound Theme 1 - Compound Period

    • Compound Theme 2 - Compound Sentence

    • Framing Functions

  3. 3
    • The Exposition Overview

    • The Main Theme

    • The Subordinate Theme

    • The Transition

  4. 4
    • The Development An Overview

    • The Pre-Core and Augmented 6ths

    • The Core

  5. 5
    • An Overview of the Recapitulation

    • The Recapitulation Main Theme

    • The Recapitulation Transition

    • The Recapitulation Subordinate Theme

  6. 6
    • The Coda and Slow Introduction

    • The Slow Introduction

    • The Coda

  7. 7
    • Score Cleanup Part 1

    • Score Cleanup Part 2

    • Score Interpretation Part 1

    • Score Interpretation Part 2

    • Score Playability

FAQ

  • What do I need to know to start?

    You need to understand the concepts from Music Composition 101 and be able to read and write music notation. Be able to play the piano is not required but it helps a lot.

  • Will it work for my style of music?

    Yes. While sonata form is a classical form, the loosening techniques and your ability to craft a long piece translate to any style or genre.

  • Are lessons downloadable?

    No.

What Students Are Saying

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Neeraj Kumar

Sir, the courses are great! But dont leave me hanging here. There is so much to learn from you Sir. I look forward to your new course. Thank you so much for growing and inspiring a musician in me!!

Sir, the courses are great! But dont leave me hanging here. There is so much to learn from you Sir. I look forward to your new course. Thank you so much for growing and inspiring a musician in me!!

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Excellent Course!

John Dorfman

It took me a while to get through it, but at the end, I had composed a complete sonata (using another sonata as a guide) along with various other exercises that were done before the sonata. And if you ask me at least, my sonata sounds pretty good for doing this the first time. Anyway, I learned a lot in this course!

It took me a while to get through it, but at the end, I had composed a complete sonata (using another sonata as a guide) along with various other exercises that were done before the sonata. And if you ask me at least, my sonata sounds pretty good for doing this the first time. Anyway, I learned a lot in this course!

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K Frimpong

Kwadwo FRIMPONG

I'm really happy to have signed for this course, I have gained the insight of what Sonata Form is all about. Thanks Jon, for the insight.

I'm really happy to have signed for this course, I have gained the insight of what Sonata Form is all about. Thanks Jon, for the insight.

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Excellent!

Miyoko Di Placido

I learned a lot. After completing this course, I feel I can really compose pieces in sonata form.

I learned a lot. After completing this course, I feel I can really compose pieces in sonata form.

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Five Stars!

Elvis Goldin

Very well done! Clear and simple with great content! Bravo!

Very well done! Clear and simple with great content! Bravo!

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Excellent mid-level composition course

Stephen Gilbane

Missed learning about Sonata form in my Berklee studies. This filled that in nicely!

Missed learning about Sonata form in my Berklee studies. This filled that in nicely!

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Review of Composing in Sonata Form

Chris Kanaris

Super informative and enjoyable. Strongly recommend to any budding musician.

Super informative and enjoyable. Strongly recommend to any budding musician.

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Outstanding course

Graeme Hammond-Tooke

Outstanding course - little else quite like it on the internet. Breaks things down into manageable chunks that don't seem quite so overwhelming.

Outstanding course - little else quite like it on the internet. Breaks things down into manageable chunks that don't seem quite so overwhelming.

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Instructor

Creator of Art of Composing

Jon Brantingham

I've composed for over twenty years, and I am passionate about teaching and learning composition.
Black Friday Special

COMPOSING IN
SONATA FORM
50% OFF

Take the next step in your composing.

Buy Now for $50