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Music Composition for the Young Artist

Students will study the building blocks of music and great compositions of the past as they discover the tools to shape their own artistic voice.
Jacob Richter
2 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will gain tools to express their own creative voice through music. They will also examine great pieces of music in an analytical light, gaining new insights on why they love (or hate!) what they're listening to. The course is broken down into thirds:

In Harmony/Melody we will discuss: 
1) The 12 equal tempered pitches
2) Intervals
3) Scales as collections of intervals
4) The modes of the major scale
5) Harmony as chord/scale relationships
6) Common harmonic moves and the overtone series
7) Harmony as scale to scale modulation
8) Common Alterations to the major scale
9) Melody as the scale over the chord
10) Advanced harmony as stacked intervals

In Rhythm we will discuss:
1) Essential rhythmic terms
2) Rhythm as ratios
3) Western Notation, its limitations and advantages
4) Dividing up a piece: section/form, phrase, measure, beat, and subdivision
5) Traditional rhythms from a variety of cultures

In Listening we will discuss:
1) A variety of pieces based largely on the student's musical interests
2) Great compositions of the past
3) Other compositional concepts including contrast, instrumentation, orchestration, dynamics, lyrics, sound production, and much more.
Optional homework will be assigned after each class. The goal of the homework will be to provide additional resources to master the concepts covered in that class.
Students will need their computer, and some way of making music. This class is designed to be very open ended, and students will be expected to be creative in finding ways to present their music for the final project. It could be as simple as a ukulele and iphone mic.
Progress will be assessed by a final project at the end of the term. The project will be extremely open ended. Students will present an audio recording of a composition of their own, and a short summary of their thought process while composing the piece. The project may be played on any instrument either by the student or another performer. The project may also be created digitally, however, the emphasis of this course will not be on electronic music production techniques.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Jacob RichterComposer, Drummer, Educator
2 total reviews
1 completed class

About Me

Hello! My name is Jake Richter, and I'm a New York City based composer, drummer, and educator. I teach music composition, drums/percussion, and music theory.

From a young age I was obsessed with music. I studied piano and guitar at a very early... 
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