Music is a language much like any other written language. In order to convey ideas, you must know how to read and write the sounds you want musicians to play.
Music composition lessons at Matt Safley Music will focus on the process of creating original melodies, chords and lyrics, while developing your own style and the ability to tell stories though your unique voice.
Additionally, students learn proper performance preparation in having their pieces performed by others and are taught to give feedback through these recital events and workshops. Their learning is put into action with chances to share their growth and inspire peers through recitals.
Music composition lessons are enjoyable even though they are challenging. By starting with the basics, you’ll be able to make steady progress as a composer to build your own musical language.
These lessons are completely tailored to your style of writing and goals and features customize course content. Your musical composition skills will be honed-in with practice writing a variety of different musical pieces. As you find your unique musical voice and get more comfortable using the available tools, your sense of music writing will become more natural and you will develop the confidence to experiment with new techniques.
The first step to becoming a composer is learning how to sight read music, and understand what all of the various symbols mean. As you study a range of styles and genres of music, you'll discover what devices composers are using and how to integrate that into your own music. You'll become familiar with the fundamental rules in music writing and theory, including chord progressions, relationship between seemingly polarizing music patterns, rhythmic structure, attractive melody creation, and more.
Plain paper and pencils will first be used to write pieces. Students will then move onto modern technology featuring software to help guide students through the process of selecting appropriate chords and elements.
Explore your inspiration or learn more about music. You will learn all the basic musical skills to build a strong foundation for writing future pieces. In beginner lessons, some of the following topics are often covered:
Learn more compositional techniques to improve your writing abilities and to expand your ideas. As you learn musical tricks and theories, you'll acquire new tools that allow you add more textural elements to your pieces. The topics covered include the following and more:
Advanced lessons are intended for students with a thorough musical background and previous experience with music writing. At this level of mastery, you'll work on developing and polishing your personal style, upgrade old pieces, and expanding your genres of writing. Topics covered highly depend on individual interests and goals, but often include:
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Matt Safley Music is a private music school offering St. Louis music lessons, including piano/keyboard lessons, voice lessons and music composition study.