Memorable Melodies through Motivic Mastery
A thorough look at how the masters, both past and present, wrote the most memorable tunes through the use of motives, economy and clear patterning. With nearly three hours of video lessons, we take in-depth looks at the inner-workings at some of the most memorable melodies of all time. Through precise pacing of the material, constant reinforcement of concepts and clear practice steps, you will have the tools to take your melody writing to the next level.
What did the great masters of melody know in order to write such indelible tunes time and again? Is it all just genius or were there principles and techniques guiding their creative powers?
“It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has come easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.”
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Because you and I know that writing a melody is one thing, but writing a beautiful and memorable melody that sticks in people’s minds is another one altogether…
The answer is in the use of motives.
Motives are a manifestation of how people listen, and they are the building blocks at the heart of the most memorable melodies ever written.
In this course you will learn all the basic techniques of motivic writing and development through some of the most memorable tunes of all time, often tunes that have become part of our social fabric.
“…I don’t know how many permutations I will go through with a 6-note motif like that, one note down one note up, and spend a lot of time on these little simplicities which are often the hardest things to capture, I think for anybody.”
~ John Williams talking about the Raider’s March.
LEARN THE TECHNIQUES of the MASTERS
A lot of repertoire is covered from baroque to modern examples. The techniques are introduced progressively, showing how they are used in various ways across various melodies and time periods.
DEVELOP SKILLS NOW
Beyond just observation, the course treats every concept and technique as a skill and provides you with detailed exercises built on years of personal work and private teaching. Those exercises are designed to help you assimilate the material and integrate it into your musical language in the most efficient and effective possible.
TECHNIQUES that PEOPLE ACTUALLY HEAR
We never explore techniques that only exist on paper and cannot be heard. We always consider the psychology of the listener to develop an understanding of the tools that is not dogmatic but rather flexible and freeing.
Throughout the plentiful on-screen analysis and real-time demonstration of the writing exercises, Alain provides explanations and commentary from a working composer’s perspective.
BUILD YOUR CREATIVITY
An important goal of this course is to build your creative options and depth while providing exercises that follow the best steps for fluid creativity. The exercises are carefully designed to build your language while following the steps to enhanced creative fluency from experts such as Roger Von Oech.
ASSESS YOUR WORK
The techniques learned also give you the tools to assess the quality of your melodic writing and adjust.
STUDENT ONLY FORUM
Every student gets access to a student-only private forum for the course to interact with other students and ask questions.
As with all courses at ScoreClub, you receive lifetime access to the course and all updates.
This course provides, through nearly three hours of video lessons, an intensely comprehensive view of motivic writing, an insider’s view into the creative process by a working composer, painstakingly planned progression of lessons, and exercises carefully formulated to make the material accessible to you right now, to increase your musical vocabulary and creative depth and fluency.
NB: This course focuses intensely on motivic construction development and doesn’t include melodic form and development of melodies.
- Music rudiments
- Later beginner to intermediate music reading and writing
|Defining the Motive||00:03:51|
|PART I: MOTIVIC CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT in single motive phrases|
|Motivic Construction & Basic Development (part I)||00:09:55|
|Putting Into Practice||00:22:33|
|Motivic Development Continued||00:20:15|
|More Motivic Development||00:21:38|
|PART II: GUIDE TONES|
|Introduction to Guide Tones||00:15:33|
|Guides Tones Part II||00:12:48|
|Applying Guide Tones||00:12:00|
|PART III: MORE MOTIVIC CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT|
|Two Motive & Two-Part Motive Construction||00:19:42|
|Loose Ends & Extras||00:09:01|
|Closing Thoughts and Further Study||00:05:00|