Today I want to show you 10 new pieces submitted to the School of Composition’s April Challenge. This challenge was based on a story from a student of mine. The short version is that he got sick with what would normally be a simple illness. A doctor named Barbara, who was also the mother of …

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May Composition Challenge - how to write music

Update: This challenge is now closed. Watch the results here. New month new composition challenge! For this month’s challenge, I’m inviting you to draw some inspiration from nature. Composers have done this for hundreds of years but for this challenge we’re doing it from a still image. I’ve chosen 3 scenic pictures from pixabay.com – …

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March 2018 Composition Challenge Entries - School of Composition

Here’s the round up of the entries of last month’s challenge. We got some really creative submissions – you must definitely listen to the last one (really!) I hope to see your music in the next challenge! (link opens new tab)         Composers Mentioned 1. David Slater: https://soundcloud.com/musical_artizan 2. Andre Mardian: https://soundcloud.com/andre-mardian/labyrinth 3. …

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April music composition challenge - SchoolofComposition.com

Update: This challenge is now closed. View the results here: https://www.schoolofcomposition.com/april-composition-challenge-results/ I’m pleased to announce that this month’s composition challenge is a very special one. My friend and student, Max, asked if we could use this platform to write music dedicated to a very special person for her birthday. Before we get into the actual challenge, …

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March Music Composition Challenge - School of Composition.com

Update: This challenge is now closed. Check out the new music that was submitted for it:  Your Music from March’s Composition Challenge   For this month’s composition challenge we’re going to write for piano. The music is all up to you except for one thing: the piece must finish with these four bars: Listen to …

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January 2018 Music Composition Challenge - Summary and Analysis

Welcome to Episode 1 of How I Write my Music. In this tutorial I’m taking you behind the scenes to show you my thoughts as I composed my “Fantasy on a (Given) Theme. This piece was my own entry for the School of Composition January 2018 Composition Challenge. The composition challenge is a monthly event here on this site …

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February Music Composition Challenge

Update: This challenge is now closed. Watch a selection of entries in this video:    Since St. Valentine’s Day is this month, the theme for the challenge is love (in whatever way, shape or form you choose to interpret the concept):     1. Write a duet for a pair of instruments that are not normally …

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January Music Composition Challenge

Update: this challenge is now closed. The analysis and results are here: https://www.schoolofcomposition.com/january-challenge-summary/ For our first ever composition challenge, we’re going to keep it very simple. Compose a piece that uses this row of notes: You can use this sequence in the beginning, the middle, the end, or anywhere else as long as it’s there. …

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