"Step-by-step lessons to compose music you can be proud of!"
…you’re at your desk composing your new string quartet. The first and second movements are complete and you’re now halfway done with the third. You’re excited because you instinctively know what the next notes should be. You’re also confident because you know that if a problem comes up later, you can handle it like you’ve done before. In a few moments, you’ll have a wonderful new piece of music ready to share with the world.
With the right tools and techniques you can experience this as often you want. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a string quartet. It could be a classical sonata, a romantic song or a modern suite but with the proper training you’ll quickly figure out that music theory and composition is not only for the ‘gifted’ or the elite but for every music lover who simply commits to it.
Since you are here…
…I’m assuming that you have a very strong desire to figure out how music works and how to do it yourself. But google-search for any topic you have questions on right now, and you’re likely to get a barrage of confusing articles and videos without any real explanations, without any good examples and without building the foundation first.
I know because like you, I used to end up with more questions than I even started with. So frustrating!!
Why the School of Composition?
In this little corner of the web, I provide music theory and composition lessons in the most step-by-step way possible. Every lesson is set up to guide you gently from the bottom up. You get examples from the great composers and songwriters of history. At the end of every lesson, you get a bunch of exercises to practice your newfound knowledge. And if you have questions, go ahead and ask me.
So who am I?
I’m Matt and I’ve been obsessed with music for many, many years. I’ve also been frustrated with it for as long as I can remember. For years I was discouraged and unable to connect the dots. I knew that it was in me to write music – I knew it with every cell of my being – but I didn’t know how to do it often and how to do it well.
After 10+ years of researching everywhere, thousands of hours of learning and hundreds of expensive books, things slowly started to click and the dots started to connect.
My goal is for you to…
…connect those dots faster. Much faster. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t know everything. I learn things everyday and I hope to keep doing so forever. But I guarantee that you can have your frustration and confusion resolved. I’ve seen it with hundreds of students – all you must do is to sincerely dedicate a few hours a week to the improvement of your craft. Once you have the tools and techniques, it’s up to you where to take your music.
Fantasy on a (given) Theme: This piece is my own entry to the School of Composition January 2018 Challenge – the challenge was simply that somewhere, somehow, the given 6-note sequence is used in the composition. I used it as the theme.
An Unlikely Waltz: this is another recent piece (written February 2018) – it’s a waltz for flute and viola celebrating Valentine’s Day.