Make Real Progress

And Become a Well-Rounded Composer

Learning the technical side of composing is tricky. It's not so hard to pick up a bunch of random things, like cool chords, or exotic scales.

What you're missing is the way they all connect.

This course is designed to get you from confusion to clarity, and along the way, you'll compose a complete piece of classical music.

This is the follow on to the free course The Vocabulary of Composition.

Reviews

  • Oustanding Teaching and Course!

    Matthew Plaski

    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...

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    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.

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  • Fundamentals of Musical Composition

    Chris Carter

    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...

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    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!

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  • The Fundamentals of Musical Composition

    Jeremy Penalosa

    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.

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  • Good information

    Christopher Wheeler

    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...

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    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.

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  • Gives an outline of what is in the course

    Pamela Deeming

    It expanded my knowledge from what I already know about Composition

    It expanded my knowledge from what I already know about Composition

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Course curriculum

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Instructor

Film Composer

  • Jon Brantingham

    Creator of Art of Composing

    Jon Brantingham

    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.

FAQ

  • 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.

  • Are the lessons downloadable?

    No.

  • Will it work for my style of music?

    Yes. These techniques work for classical as well as popular styles. I've had songwriters, dance music producers, film composers, and everyone in between take the course.

  • Does it work on mobile?

    Yes.

  • Is there a certificate at the end?

    Yes.

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