Elevate Your Musical Craft: Personalized Composition Lessons

  • Do you want to compose music but not sure where to start?
  • Are you ready to transform your musical ideas into captivating compositions?
  • Want to dive into the exciting world of 4-part harmony, melody-writing, musical development, form and orchestration?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re at the right place.

Hi, I’m Matthew. I’m an author, a composer, a teacher, and it is my mission to make music accessible to anyone who yearns to create it. I’ve taught music theory and composition to hundreds of students of all ages and all levels for over 20 years.

How It Works

First, let me know of your interest through the form below or email me at matt [at] schoolofcomposition [dot] com

As soon as we determine that this is the right teacher-student fit, we begin by discussing your composition goals. This helps me create a custom curriculum that is just right for you. Here are the important details:

  • Your personalized curriculum typically lasts 4 to 8 weeks
  • You’ll need some time for weekly exercises custom-made for you
  • Lessons are done through Zoom or Skype for video calls plus unlimited priority email

Topics include:

  • Composing a new piece from start to finish
  • Creating musical ideas
  • Developing motifs into coherent themes and sections
  • Creating contrast, tension, and climaxes for maximum effect
  • The keys to four-part harmony
  • Writing effective, memorable melodies
  • Musical form and why it matters
  • How to write for string quartet, wind quintet, orchestra, piano, or guitar
  • Constructive criticism on your finished pieces

Ready to unleash the composer in you?

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