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Composition &

Music Production

Describe

This unit provides students with the tools to produce and compose their own music. Focusing on areas such as harmony, melody, rhythm, production software and creativity the student will have finished this course being able to work to any brief in regards to film and television music.

Students will complete weekly studies and creative exercises exploring these materials and techniques and finish with a portfolio of original recorded compositions.

Topics

Rhythm and Structure

Melody 4

Harmony

Accompaniment

Our Composition & Music Production Courses

Composition & Music Production

Music Recording

COURSE RATIONALE

Introduces students to the world of composition, and the fundamental materials and techniques to help compose and produce instrumental music in multiple genres fit for film and television.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This unit provides students with the tools to produce and compose their own music. Focusing on areas such as harmony, melody, rhythm, production software and creativity the student will have finished this course being able to work to any brief in regards to film and television music.

Students will complete weekly studies and creative exercises exploring these materials and techniques and finish with a portfolio of original recorded compositions.

Students will also present their weekly compositions in class, and compose as a group with their classmates and lecturer.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the completion of this unit a student should be able to:

 

  • Have an in-depth understanding of music theory

  • Be able to use recording software and record their own musical ideas

  • Create balanced audio mixes of their compositions

  • Document their musical ideas

  • Have a strong foundation in music composition

  • Deliver music to professional standards and formats

TOPICS

Foundations of Music Harmony and Theory

- Major Key

- Minor Key
- What is a key
- What is a time Sig
- What is a chord
- What is a chord progression
- Chords (in relation to major key / minor key) - Borrowed Chords
- Cadence theory
- Intervals
- Modes

- Automating time sig and tempo

Introduction to GarageBand (how to use a DAW)

- How to open up GarageBand
- How to connect a midi keyboard
- How to set up interface
- Setting up a tempo
- Setting up a key
- Setting up a Time signature
- Import a film to garageband
- How to pull different sound to GarageBand - How to midi map
- Basic Mixing Skills (volume, panning)
- Basic tools (Reverb and Delay)

Contemporary Instrumentation and Orchestration

Composition (writing to brief)

- Come up with a topic (in class)
- Compose to the topic together
- Examples of different ways to do the topic - Emotions (sad, angry)
- Theme
- Soundscape
- Harmony
- Rhythm

Composition (writing to visual)

- Dragging in a clip
- Same process as composition course - Pick a clip to compose

CREATIVE PORTFOLIO

The portfolio consists of a total of 4-5 original compositions varying in style and genre. You will get weekly in-class feedback and written teacher feedback.

The specific brief for each composition is given in the weekly session and will cover the topic that was spoken about in that lesson.

The submission for each composition should contain: - audio file(s) in MP3 or WAV format.
- mov files exported from GarageBand.

Creativity requires self-motivation and disciplined practice. You are required to present work (or work - in - progress) in-class each week so as to:
- demonstrate steady progress
- Benefit from the cumulative nature of creative work

- Contribute to class discussions

- Develop time-management skills

COURSE FEES:  $350.00

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