One-to-one Music Composition Tuition
Dear aspiring composer,
- Do you often find music books overwhelming?
- Do you find it hard to get clear answers to an ever-growing list of questions about music?
- Are you struggling to make progress? Maybe things are not quite clicking like you hoped they would?
There is a better way! With my comprehensive programs of weekly lessons and step-by-step exercises, we’ll take the mystery out of composing. I can show you how to write music that you can be proud of!
Imagine if you could strengthen your composition skills a little bit every week. What would your music sound like one year from now?
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Hi, I’m Matt! In case we haven’t met yet, I’m the creator of the School of Composition and I’m on a mission to make music theory and composition easy to learn. I love to break down how music works and to teach the tools and techniques of composition.
In 10+ years of teaching music I’ve helped hundreds of students and answered thousands of questions. The music programs that I offer here are a result of that experience.
My teaching philosophy is beautifully summed up in this quote:
Isn’t that beautiful?
For us in music, it means I’ll give you the tools of composition and then leave it up to you to use them to create your own music. It’s a little bit like showing you how the lego bricks fit into each other without telling you what to actually build – that part is left up to your imagination.
So how does it work?
Quite simple. The course materials are divided into chapters with various lessons in each one. You’ll receive every new lesson by email so that you can work on it at your own pace. When you’re ready with the tasks, I’ll provide you with feedback and tackle any questions that come up.
- is designed specifically to take you to the next step in your musical journey;
- contains exactly the right information, exactly when you need it;
- builds on the last and prepares you for the next;
- includes plenty of examples and exercises to get you practicing right away.
Imagine how you’d feel, making real progress from one week to the next!
Instead of spending countless hours reading complicated theory books, I’ll help you focus on one principle at a time.
Instead of months of frustration, get your questions answered within hours.
Instead of doubting whether you are really talented enough to write music, actually start doing it (even if you feel like you’ve failed before).
Formal training from a university could help, but it’s not necessary at all if you cannot afford the time or the money at this point in your life. What is really necessary is to have access to step-by-step lessons and exercises with an experienced mentor who’s always ready to provide honest feedback.
I wish music was explained to me like this when I was younger! Matt’s lessons are easy to grasp and fun to practice. Writing music is finally making sense to me – it’s like magic!
Max W., Student
What will I learn?
At the moment I have 3 comprehensive courses available. These lessons are not available anywhere else.
Course #1. Form: the Architecture of Music
In this course you’ll learn how to create, develop and connect musical ideas into coherent compositions. Apart from the weekly assignments, you’ll also get guidance for 3 larger projects:
- Composing a Sonata
- Composing a Theme and Variations
- Composing a Rondo
Course #2. Tonal Harmony
This is an intensive program where you’ll learn everything you need to know about common practice harmony. This is the ‘musical language’ used by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and many other Classical masters.
In this course:
- You learn how to compose interesting and effective chord progressions,
- You practice traditional 4-part writing,
- You understand the principles of voice leading (and why they exist),
…with hundreds of examples and exercises.
This is basically a university level course without the university price tag.
Course #3. Music Theory for Composers
In these lessons you’ll learn the complete fundamentals of music. This course is a very practical, hands-on approach to music theory.
- How rhythm really works,
- How to understand every time signature possible,
- The complete system behind key signatures and scales,
- The fundamentals of musical analysis.
Fees and Application Form
The fee for these courses is €20 a week, paid monthly through Paypal – and that includes absolutely everything we’ll need to get started (and keep going).
The tools, advice and feedback that I’m going to give you will last a lifetime. I believe this is worth the investment many times over.
To apply, fill out this form now and I’ll get back to you in a few hours. We’ll have a chat to see if online tuition is right for you. If we decide to go for it, we’ll set everything up.
I’ve never written music before but I want to start. Can I have lessons?
Yes, you can. While most of my students have already written some music in some way or another, this is not a requirement. We’ll probably begin with the Music Theory for Composers course but we’ll have a chat and see exactly what’s right for you.
Can I receive more than 1 lesson a week?
Yes! It’s actually common in the beginning of a program that we cover some familiar material. When your assignment shows me that you’ve already mastered the topic, we move on immediately to the next lesson.
This works because while we don’t waste any time, we also make sure that there are no gaps in your knowledge.
How much time does it take every week?
I know that time is a luxury these days so these courses are designed to be as concise as possible. I do my best to create lessons, examples and exercises that are effective and straight to the point. This saves you time and energy because you will always know what is next in our program of study.
Normally, students spend around 4 to 6 hours every week going through lessons and assignments but you can do as much as you like. You make progress at the pace that you’re comfortable with.
How many questions can I ask?
As many as it takes for you to master the topic. I would never put a limit on that. I’m with you all the way. The best way to reach me is by email but I’m also often on Facebook and Skype.
Can we have a live Skype call if I keep struggling with something?
Absolutely. Let me know and we’ll schedule it for a time that is convenient to us both. There is no extra cost for an occasional Skype call. Calls typically take 30 to 45 minutes.
Also, there are alternatives to Skype if it isn’t working (such as Google hangouts and Zoom).
Can I stop having lessons before I finish the entire course?
Yes. You can stop anytime. There are no long-term commitments or anything like that (unless you want to). You can end a program at any point.