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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.

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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


 

DownloadTOCDo you ever find yourself unsure when writing, feeling like you are throwing spaghetti against the wall to see sticks? Feeling in the dark,  just groping for ideas, not sure what makes it good or bad?

 

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.

INSIDERS VIEW

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.

LIFETIME ACCESS

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.

Suggested PRE-REQUISITES

  • Music rudiments
  • Later beginner to intermediate music reading and writing

 

Course Curriculum

PRELIMINARIES
Defining “Memorable” 00:05:15
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
Motivic Interlocking 00:15:10
Sequencing 00:10:44
Loose Ends & Extras 00:09:01
Closing Thoughts and Further Study 00:05:00

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    Wonderful.

    As a music educator this course was wonderful on many levels. Not only did Alain provide varied examples from Western Art, Film and Contemporary sources. But he inspired me to start curating my own analyses collection and to write motifs each day. Thank you!

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    An Excellent Course on Melodies

    Despite a degree in music and a lifetime of interest in music this course opened my ears and mind to several new ways to think about melodies. Melody and Harmony are the building blocks of all great music from all eras. There is much information available about harmony, but very little information of any value available about melody. Thanks to this course, I have gained a greater understanding and appreciation for memorable melodies. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in writing music. Thank you Alain!

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    Fantatstic

    a very thorough guide to how great melodies are constructed from the smallest parts. It guides you carefully step by step so you absorb everything. Worth every penny.

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    Magnificient!

    Practical, logical and very informative. It is must see.

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Instructor Details

Alain is a composer, orchestrator, conductor and the creator of Score Club. Most recently, his score for the drama "No Letting Go" won the prestigious Accolade Award for scoring excellence. His score for "The Legend of Silk Boy" was the highest rated indie score of the year. He composed the music for the Olympic Ring Ceremony for the Canadian Olympic Committee. His credits as orchestrator and conductor, include "Elysium", "Ender's Game", "Olympus" (TV), "Dead Snow II".
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