• Refresh your music theory and fill in the gaps with all the right information in one spot.
• Learn to write down the music you hear in your head and turn those ideas into finished compositions.
• Take control of your time with in-depth video lessons and a start-to-finish workbook to apply what you learn away from the computer.
• Avoid writer’s block by learning how to add your unique creative voice to your music, regardless of your genre or style.
• Once you purchase, you own it for life.
• It's self-paced, and designed for in-depth study.
I've composed for over twenty years, and I am passionate about teaching and learning composition. I am currently a working composer living in Los Angeles, CA.
So many courses that claim to cover musical composition are really just an introduction to some basic theory, without a thorough explanation to how pieces ar...Read More
So many courses that claim to cover musical composition are really just an introduction to some basic theory, without a thorough explanation to how pieces are constructed as wholes. The AOC course is different - it really covers the way that larger pieces are put together and given coherence, while not neglecting the elements (like melody and harmony) that make those pieces up. Highly recommended!Read Less
I very much enjoyed this course, and I will definitely be taking more of Jon's composing courses in the future. He explains difficult concepts well and makes...Read More
I very much enjoyed this course, and I will definitely be taking more of Jon's composing courses in the future. He explains difficult concepts well and makes them easier to understand. I especially liked the applied examples from Beethoven, Mozart, and Mahler. Also, the workbook exercises help solidify the concepts without becoming tedious or boring. Overall, it was a fantastic course, and I learned a great deal about melody, harmony, and form.Read Less
There are very few people that present theory in this way online. Most people probably think theory is just knowing scales and circle of fifths and a lot o...Read More
There are very few people that present theory in this way online. Most people probably think theory is just knowing scales and circle of fifths and a lot of places online present it like that. This course presents the theory of what the musical system is and how to use it and the functions it has. People disregard theory because they think it is a bunch of rules and it will limit their creativity while this couldn't be further from the truth. The musical system which we use was designed and created by people and is a system with some technicalities and must be properly understood.Read Less
I'm really enjoying the Art Of Composing online courses! My composing is has improved so much since I started a month ago. All the lessons are presented cl...Read More
I'm really enjoying the Art Of Composing online courses! My composing is has improved so much since I started a month ago. All the lessons are presented clearly with nice musical examples! I can't wait to dive into another lesson today! Thanks Jon!Read Less
Precise exposition of 'musical expectations' and how to apply them. The Fundamentals of Musical Composition has opened a world of understanding and possibili...Read More
Precise exposition of 'musical expectations' and how to apply them. The Fundamentals of Musical Composition has opened a world of understanding and possibility for me. Thank you Jon.Read Less
The whole course is very informative. I personally enjoyed it and learned something new.
The whole course is very informative. I personally enjoyed it and learned something new.Read Less
- What Makes a Decent Melody? FREE PREVIEW
- Help me make a better course by answering a few questions...
- Fundamental Concepts
- How We Got To Tonality
- The Major-Minor System
- Composing a Basic Melody
- Download the Course Workbook
- Worksheets: Simple Chord Tone Melody
- Guided Exercise 1-2-1: Simple Chord Tone Melody 1
- Guided Exercise 1-2-2: Simple Chord Tone Melody 2
- Q&A on Creating Basic Melodies
- Limitations and Creativity
- Connecting the Chord Tones
- Worksheets: Connecting Chord Tones
- Exercise 1-3-1: Adding Non-Chord Tones 1
- Exercise 1-3-2: Adding Non-Chord Tones 2
- Q&A on Connecting the Chord Tones
- Intro to Harmonic Functions FREE PREVIEW
- Tonic Function
- Dominant Function
- Pre-Dominant Function
- Intro to Harmonic Progressions
- Prolongation Progressions
- Cadential Progressions
- Sequential Progressions
- Q&A on Functional Harmony
- Introduction: An Overview of Classical Form FREE PREVIEW
- Discuss Understanding Form
- The Sentence and the Basic Idea
- Ex. 3-2-1: Composing the Basic Idea
- From the Live Masterclass: Generating Basic Ideas
- From the Live Masterclass: Analyzing and Developing Your Basic Idea
- Repetition of the Basic Idea
- Ex. 3-3-1: Repetition
- The Continuation Phrase
- AOC Podcast Interview with William Caplin, author of Classical Form
- Ex. 3-4-1: The Continuation Phrase
- Q&A on Composing a Sentence FREE PREVIEW
- Functional Harmony Continued
- Ex. 4-1-1: Functional Harmony
- Minor Harmony
- Ex. 4-2-1: Minor Functional Harmony
- Simple Modulation
- Ex. 4-3-1: Simple Modulation
- Q&A on Creating Chord Progressions
- Introduction to Melodic Techniques FREE PREVIEW
- Melodic Traps
- The Ingredients of a Melody and Scale Lines
- Chord Line Melodies
- Q&A on Melodic Composition
- Intro to Voice Leading
- Melodic Motion
- How to Harmonize a Melody
- Q&A on Voice Leading
- The Period
- Q&A on The Period
- Intro to Embellishment
- Start with a Simple Melody
- Identify Your Essential Tones
- Add Neighbor Tones
- Add Suspensions and Anticipations
- Add Turns and Use Rubato
- Transpose and Add Appoggiaturas
- Q&A on Melodic Embellishment
- Intro to Small Ternary Form
- Contrasting Middle
- Creating Contrast
- Compose Your Contrasting Middle and Recapitulation
- Q&A on Small Ternary Form
- Accompaniment 1: Principles of Clarity
- Accompaniment 2: Patterns for Composing
- Q&A on Accompaniment
- Bagatelle No. 1
- Bagatelle No. 2
- Q&A on the Capstone Projects
Do I need prior composition experience?
No. You must be able to read music notation in treble and bass clef. Everything else is explained in the course.
Will it work for my style or genre of music?
Yes. When you learn the technique, we focus on classical style, but almost every concept taught in the course can be, with a little imagination, used in just about any genre.
Does it work on mobile?
Yes. At least it should be... if something isn't working let me know.
Is there a certificate at the end?
Yes. The certification is hosted through Accredible and can be shared.