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Music Composition II: Basic Harmony Techniques & Song Form for Beginners

Christina White | Voice / Singing Lessons & Art
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(95)
Learn how to build your melodies into full compositions. Create harmonies and apply rhythm to your melodies. Experiment with several song forms to jump start your composing process.

Class experience

Beginner - Advanced Level
14 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Class
Lesson 2
Noteflight Tutorials (Optional)
If you took Comp I (Melody), skip this. If you're new to Noteflight, these videos will walk you through how to use it.
Lesson 3
Introduction to Harmony
Lesson 4
Analysis & Writing
 Week 2
Lesson 5
Troubleshooting Your Harmony
 Week 3
Lesson 6
Create Your Own Melody & Harmony
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Harmonic Rhythm
Lesson 8
Building Harmonic Rhythm
Lesson 9
Noteflight Tutorial: Creating Triplets
 Week 5
Lesson 10
Question & Answer Melody Form
 Week 6
Lesson 11
A/B Tonic/Dominant Melody Form
 Week 7
Lesson 12
Rondo Melody Form
 Week 8
Lesson 13
Song Form & Final Project
Lesson 14
Noteflight Wrap Up
At the conclusion of this class, students:
 *Will understand and be able to construct major scales.
 *Will be able to create a basic harmony and harmonic rhythm using tonic, dominant, and subdominant chords
 *Will be able to create melody lines using Q&A Form, Tonic/Dominant Form, and Rondo Form
 *Will be able to create a song with basic harmony
I have over 20 years of music industry experience as a performer, composer, and arranger. I hold a Masters Certificate from Berklee College of Music where I extensively studied composing and arranging. I've composed and arranged music for myself and several local-to-me music and theater groups that I've sung with and/or directed. 
Homework Offered
In addition to a series of videos, each week, students will be given an assignment to practice the concepts learned in class. Most assignments should not take more than 45 - 60 minutes to do. Assignments will include: *Composition exercises using Noteflight worksheets that I create *Analysis
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Most assignments will receive written feedback. The exceptions will be some review exercises where an answer key will be provided for self-assessment.
Grades Offered
Grades will be provided upon request.
Complete Composition I: Melody Writing & Song Writing Techniques

*It's possible to skip the above class. Please read the class description for more information.
Because everything is done via the the web app, students should not need any additional materials.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be creating their work in Noteflight, an external web app for music composition. For the duration of the class, students will be able to use the special "Noteflight Learn" account through my music studio. This is free of charge and I will set up each learner as they register. Students do not need to register for an account themselves. No data is collected or stored in this account beyond their classwork and first name. Noteflight Learn is COPPA and FERPA compliant, meaning, it meets the standards required by public schools to ensure student privacy.

The first lesson will include an optional introduction on how to use Noteflight for students who have not taken previous classes with me. Part of each lesson's demonstrations will cover any Noteflight-specific things that students need to know in order to complete the assignment. If students cannot figure out how to do something, they are always welcome to send me a message. Additionally, Noteflight has an extensive, easy-to-use knowledge base and online help center.

After the class ends, they will no longer have access to this Noteflight account (unless they are continuing with me). I will show them how to export their work so they don't lose their compositions. They can also, optionally, create a standard Noteflight account and move their work to that account.

There will be a couple of instances where students will be directed to find music as part of a discussion. They'll be directed to YouTube for this exercise so they can share in the classroom. They'll be instructed to keep their selections PG-rated and secular in nature.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(95)
I help my students along their creative journey, no matter where they are on their path. I offer encouragement, guidance, and technique, but never judgment. My classes and private lessons get students involved -- you can’t learn music or art by... 
Self-Paced Class


weekly or $144 for all content
14 pre-recorded lessons
8 weeks of teacher feedback
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 12-17

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