Essential Composer Training: Foundation
The one that started it all, back by popular demand! A unique and powerful approach to composition training for the serious film composer. Originally called “Composer Training: Module 1”, this course combines in a synergistic way harmony, voice-leading, harmonizing, arranging and tons more into a powerful all-in-one course that can best be described as professional training.
ABOUT ESSENTIAL COMPOSER TRAINING
“The methodology you teach, and the thought process you repeat, teaches me what to think about constantly and what is really important during composition. Your real world experience shows through the videos and inspires me.” ~ Eric
FOCUSED ON REAL-WORLD RESULTS
This course was specifically designed for film composers by:
- giving a solid foundation that is based on understanding the rules of harmony and voice-leading rather than blindly following them.
- and approaching every musical element from the point of view of sound and effect, so the student learns to control musical colours like a painter, to tell stories with sound.
- being usable right away in real-world situations.
This course is very result-driven and aims to provide an academic-level foundation applicable to the sound of music today.
- Covers all diatonic harmony: triads and seventh chords
- Goes way beyond by including work methods, harmonizing, arranging and more
- 12 video lessons totaling over 6 hours
- Detailed study and exercise guide PDF for every lesson
“I am now very very happy to have found a course like yours that finally takes the composition student by the hand and teaches him/her a solid craft, good working habits and to make music from the outset with the knowledge acquired.” ~ Max T.
Every lesson is filled with tips and tricks from a working composer, and aims to get you making music from the get-go.
Every element is demonstrated with on-screen writing and is reinforced through repetition in order to explore them from various angles.
12 YEARS IN THE MAKING
This unique course was developed by Alain through 12 years of teaching professional and serious amateur composer. The results from this approach have been proven time and again.
Musicianship is an essential to being a great composer. So this course is designed to support and develop musicianship.
“I think this is by far the best, most practical and accessible presentation of the material that I’ve seen. I don’t think you could do much better than this. Certainly gets my recommendation.” D. Kardell
CAREFULLY STRUCTURED FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS
Built on 12 years of teaching, the unique structure and pacing of the course was carefully designed to lead maximally from one lesson to the other. Every lesson and exercise builds on the previous one and concepts are presented at the right time to allow reinforcement of previous concepts for maximum retention.
“I love the fact that you take me through the same process repeatedly as the techniques get more sophisticated. This instills ALL of the process in my mind and enforces the discipline we must consistently have from start to finish.” ~ Eric
GOOD WORKING HABITS
Beyond theory, this course also fosters good creative and working habits that lead to maximum fluency for when you need to be creative on demand.
A FEW MORE THINGS
All students gain access to a private, student-only forum where they can ask questions and interact with each other.
This course is streaming video, so no need to download and you have unlimited, lifetime access!
NOTE: This course does not include getting your work corrected.
- Basic rudiments (key signatures, scales, intervals, triads and seventh chords)
- Basic music reading
- Basic keyboard skills
|Part I: Voice-Leading and Harmony|
|Getting Started and Study Guide||00:05:00|
|1 – Voicings and Voice-Leading||00:23:00|
|2 – Tonic and Dominant||00:27:00|
|3 – Subdominant||00:36:00|
|4 – Supertonic & Sudmediant||00:26:00|
|5 – Mediant and Dominant 7||00:28:00|
|Part II: Making Music|
|6 – Harmonizing part I||00:31:00|
|7 – Inversions||00:40:00|
|8 – Making Music||00:36:00|
|9 – Figuration||00:31:00|
|10 – Composing Out||00:33:00|
|11 – Harmonizing Part II||00:28:00|
|12 – Seventh Chords||00:22:00|