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Music Composition

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

The aim of the Music Composition course is to provide participants with the basic knowledge and compositional techniques required to work in the style that they wish to explore. Participants will work on a range of composition activities to generate ideas and subsequently shape them into a musical work. Each week students receive feedback and advice going forward from both the tutor and fellow peers.

Different topics will be discussed and explored including:
• Finding inspiration and using it to create music
• Different approaches to melody, harmony and rhythm
• Sketching musical ideas and developing them into a work
• The creative use of a various music software tools
• Writing for different instruments and orchestration

Classes are interactive with time for music to be composed in each lesson. There will be the study of works by a variety of composers and in the final week participants take part in a composition masterclass featuring a guest performer.


Tristan was brilliant in the way he took in everybody’s background – very encouraging to all.
This course exceeded my expectations.
Tristan gave an excellent broad overview of composition, but also gave really vital and in depth personal feedback and guidance. I loved this course!