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Music Composition Bundle: Composition & Film Scoring 1 & 2

Learn music composition techniques through music composition lessons, music composition software, and techniques.
Instructor:
Jason Allen
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Write and Compose music using proven techniques and tips
Create their own music using software, or good old pencil and paper.
Generate musical ideas through creativity exercises
Tools of the trade: Software
Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper
How do you start?
The process
Program music and metaphors
Character sketches
Writing through canon
Form
Binary, Ternary, and Rondo forms
Starting with a plan
Graphic form representations
Triads, and basic rules of harmony
Chord progressions
Inversions
Song analysis
Melody writing
Why Tension and Release?
Long Term and Short Term Tensions
Using Form for Tension and Release
Forms that Create Drama
Sonata Form
The 4 Elements of Form
Example: Mozart, Moonlight Sonata
Composing with Sonata Form
Modern Uses of Sonata Form
Example: Muse, Butterflies and Hurricanes
Tension and Release with Meter
Compound Meters
Meter Signatures
Alternating Compound and Duple Meters
Using Rhythm for Altering Expectations
Rhythmic Patterns
Pattern Obfuscation
Example: Philip Glass, Truman Show Soundtrack
Example: Allen, Aporia
Using Harmony for Tension and Release
Consonance and Dissonance
Prolonging Dominant
Emphasized Resolution
Pedal Tones
Moving "Pedal Tones"
Example: Aphex Twin, Ventolin
Combining Multiple Techniques
Example: Mozart, Sonata in C
Example: Allen, Angel of Repose
Film Music and Tension Cues
Composing for Films

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Welcome to the COMPLETE Music COMPOSITION AND FILM SCORING Guide!

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take their music career (or music interest) and develop it into something more. Whether you are an active musician or an aspiring musician, this class is perfect for you.

When most people think of a composer, they imagine someone sitting in a dusty attic with a grand piano, big white wig, and the year is 1800. That might have been accurate back then, but the modern composer is just like you and me. In fact, I am one. 

In this course I’ll show you techniques I use for writing music in a variety of styles and situations. I’ve worked with major American orchestras, film studios, and video game designers, so I’ve got more than a little experience. I’m also a PhD in music composition and a university professor (of music composition). 

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I’m taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

This is a combined class that includes both sections of my Music Composition class, and both sections of my Film Scoring class. As the class grows, we will go deeper and deeper into my techniques. This class starts at the beginning: Generating ideas and getting started. 

In the Music Composition portion of this class, we will cover:

  • My background, and listen to some of my music

  • The different between music theory and music composition (highly opinionated!)

  • Tools of the trade: Software

  • Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper

  • How do you start?

  • The process

  • Program music and metaphors

  • Character sketches

  • Writing through canon

  • Form

  • Binary, Ternary, and Rondo forms

  • Starting with a plan

  • Graphic form representations

  • Triads, and basic rules of harmony

  • Chord progressions

  • Inversions

  • Song analysis

  • Melody writing

  • Why Tension and Release?

  • Tools of the trade: Software

  • Tools of the trade: Pencils and fine paper

  • Long Term and Short Term Tensions

  • Using Form for Tension and Release

  • Forms that Create Drama

  • Sonata Form

  • The 4 Elements of Form

  • Example: Mozart, Moonlight Sonata

  • Composing with Sonata Form

  • Modern Uses of Sonata Form

  • Example: Muse, Butterflies and Hurricans

  • Tension and Release with Meter

  • Compound Meters

  • Meter Signatures

  • Alternating Compound and Duple Meters

  • Using Rhythm for Altering Expectations

  • Rhythmic Patterns

  • Pattern Obfuscation 

  • Example: Philip Glass, Truman Show Soundtrack

  • Example: Allen, Aporia

  • Using Harmony for Tension and Release

  • Consonance and Dissonance

  • Prolonging Dominant

  • Emphasized Resolution

  • Pedal Tones

  • Moving “Pedal Tones”

  • Example: Aphex Twin, Ventolin

  • Combining Multiple Techniques

  • Example: Mozart, Sonata in C

  • Example: Allen, Angel of Repose

  • Film Music and Tension Cues

  • Composing for Films

  • Any much, much, more! 

In the Film Scoring portion of this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of the trade

  • Finding the emotional response

  • Music Theory and Genre

  • Using Modes in Film Scores

  • Finding the Message

  • Learning from Temp Cues

  • “Spotting” the film

  • Working with industry budgets

  • Diegetic music and nondiegetic music

  • Score and Source

  • The Ostinato

  • Working with silent films

  • Setting up a session

  • Marking hits

  • Scoring the opening credits

  • Motive and Lietmotif

  • Working with Lietmotifs

  • Working with rhythm in cues

  • POV

  • Finding and analyzing POV scenes

  • Composing using POV

  • Creating atmosphere

  • Using “Pad” sounds with orchestra

  • Finding Atmopshere in film

  • Harmonizing string melodies

  • Polyrhythmic accompaniment

  • Homorhythmic accompaniment

  • Working with string orchestra

  • The chase scene

  • Working with drum loops in chase scenes

  • Using the brass section

  • Building tension

  • Writing tension cues

  • Ponticello

  • Tremelo

  • Glissando

  • Writing comedy and animation cues

  • “Mickey Mousing”

  • Getting gigs as a film composer

  • Techniques for building a portfolio

  • Finding film makers

  • Any much, much, more! 

And of course, once you sign up for this class, all my other classes are yours at steep discounts! Over half off for all future sections!

The course is a roadmap to launching your career as a composer!

All the tools you need to prepare, organize, and start your career are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences – not just academic theory.

Please click the “Take This Course” button so you can launch your music career today.

** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough music business course available ANYWHERE on the market – or your money back (30 day money back guarantee) **

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Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  “It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows the complex concepts to get obsorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier.” – M. Shah

⇢  “Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts… It’s the best investment in leveling up my skills so far..” – Z. Palce

⇢  “Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed.” – A. Tóth

⇢  “VERY COOL. I’ve waiting for years to see a good video course, now I don’t have to wait anymore. Thank You!” – Jeffrey Koury

  “I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!” – A. Deichsel

⇢  “The basics explained very clearly – loads of really useful tips!” – J. Pook

⇢  “Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!” M. Smith

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Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts to all future classes in the series. 

Introduction

1
Introduction to Composition 1
2
My Background
3
What is the difference between music theory and music composition?
4
Asking Questions

Tools and Methods

1
Software Tools for Composers
2
Update! MuseScore 3.0
3
Good Old Pencil and Paper
4
To sit with an instrument, or not to sit with an instrument...

Process

1
What comes first? How do we start?
2
F-Sharp!
3
Program Music and Metaphore
4
[Download] Symphony Fantastique
5
Character Sketches
6
Free Writing
7
Canon
8
"Good Composers Borrow..."

Form

1
What is form?
2
Different form "templates"
3
Starting with a Plan
4
Graphic Form Representations

Harmony (A Quick Lesson)

1
Triads - Our Most Basic Building Block
2
Building Triads
3
Diatonic Chord Progressions
4
Inversions
5
Roman Numerals
6
Song Analysis No. 1
7
Song Analysis No. 2

Writing Chord Progressions

1
The Circle of Fifths
2
Using the Circle of Fifths for Composition
3
Song Analysis No. 3
4
Non-Chord Tones
5
Song Analysis No. 4

Writing Melodies

1
Writing Melodies Alone
2
Antecedent and Consequent
3
Writing Melodies with a Harmony
4
Using Other Melodies as Influences

Wrap Up - Composition 1

1
More on Process
2
Coming Soon!
3
Thanks for Watching!

Introduction to Composition Part 2

1
Introduction
2
My Background
3
Why Tension and Release?
4
Review: Tools
5
[Download] Staff Paper
6
Review: Process of Composing

Tension and Release in Form

1
Long Term and Short Term
2
Forms That We Know So Far
3
Forms That Create Drama
4
Sonata Form
5
The 4 Elements of Sonata Form
6
Sonata Form Examples
7
Using Sonata Form for Tension and Release
8
[Download] Moonlight Sonata
9
Modern Uses of Form for Tension
10
Example: Muse (Butterflies and Hurricanes)

Tension and Release in Meter

1
Meter and Tension
2
Stylistic Concerns
3
Compound Meters
4
Compound Meter Definition
5
Compound Meter Signatures
6
Another Perspective
7
Alternating Compound and Duple Meters for Tension

Tension and Release in Rhythm

1
Rhythmic Patterns
2
Pattern Obfuscation
3
Example: Philip Glass (From the Soundtrack to The Truman Show)
4
[DOWNLOAD] Glass, Truman Sleeps
5
Example: Aporia

Tension and Release in Harmony

1
Consonance and Dissonance
2
Prolonged Dominant
3
Emphasized Resolution
4
Pedal Tones
5
Long Resolution of Pedal Tones
6
Pedal Tones in Higher Voices
7
Example: Aphex Twin, Ventolin

Combining Techniques

1
Using Multiple Techniques
2
[DOWNLOAD] Sonata in C, Mozart
3
Example: Kinesthesia, Movement 7
4
Film Music and Tension Techniques
5
Composing Music for Films

Wrap Up - Composition Part 2

1
Coming Soon...
2
Thanks & Bye!

Welcome to Film Scoring, Part 1!

1
Introduction
2
Tools of the Trade, and a Look at One of My Projects
3
What I've Found in Other Film Scoring Classes
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