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 songwriting voice.
Additionally, students learn performance preparation and are taught to give feedback through performance opportunities 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 various styles and genres of music you will learn to spot the differences in the notation of the music. You'll become familiar with the rules in sound creation such as chord progressions, relationships between notes, timing, melody and more.
Students will also receive a detailed look at music theory, the major and minor keys, as well as tools to help comprehend scales and chords so those can be used in your own music.
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 songs. In beginner lessons, the following topics are often covered:
Learn more techniques to improve your writing abilities and to expand your ideas. As you learn musical tricks and theories, you'll acquire new tools and techniques that allow you add more textural elements to your songs. The topics covered include:
Advanced lessons are intended for students with a thorough musical background and previous experience writing songs. In advanced songwriting, you'll work on developing and polishing your personal style, improving your existing songs, and expanding your songwriting repertoire. 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.