Composition Resources

Art of Composing

Jon Brantingham’s website Art of Composing is great source of information on composing. He offers a brief introduction to how to compose, and you can sign up for a “free beginner’s composing course.” He also directs you to “free composing software”, free sound fonts, and there are several videos to illustrate his points. He also offers paid subscription courses to his “Art of Composing Academy”. He also has a content-rich podcast and blog, plus a vlog on YouTube. Check it out!

Link: Ultimate Guide to Songwriting and Music Composition

I want to thank Lorrie Dyson for a link to a web page that boasts of being the “Ultimate Guide to Songwriting and Music Composition“. The page is a collection of what appear (I haven’t check them all out) to be very useful links to websites with information for songwriters, guitar, keyboard, percussion, music composition and songwriting apps, blogs, and podcasts.

What Composers are in the Public Domain? – Link

I just ran across this very useful link for anyone who does arrangements or transcriptions:

“The Logos CopyLeft Pages” which has a handy list of composers who are (or are about to be in the public domain).

Thanks, CopyLeft!


Samples:Verdi, Franz Strauss, Dvorak, Albania, Joplin, Mahler, Saint-Saens, Sousa, Gershwin, De Falla, Webern, Elgar, Bartok, Revueltas, Ravel, Delius, Janacek, Puccini, Debussy, Grieg, Holst, Dukas, Glazunov, Respighi, Satie, Nielsen.

Works that will become public domain soon:

Richard Strauss (2019)

Kurt Weill (2020)

Arnold Schoenberg (2021)

Serge Prokofiev (2023)

Charles Ives (2024)

Reinhold Gliere (2026)

Jean Sibelius (2027)

Article: Teaching Young Composers How to Earn a Living

Brandon Nelson has an intriguing blog aimed at composers that we all should subscribe to. The article I would like to direct you to is his recently (5-18-14) published  “Filling the Gap: Teaching Young Composers How to Earn a Living.” This article should be downloaded into the brain of every freshman composition major on the first day of school. It’s a brief article, but loaded with common sense. He succinctly touches on Commissions (Networking. Networking. Networking.), Self-Publishing, Commercial Publishing, Contests (check out The Composer’s Site), Recording Sales, Grants, and Scoring for Film/TV/Stage (not much in this category – he admits to having no experience here).

A lot of great information and advice in a small space. Read it today!

Write Like Mozart and other MOOC offerings

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course – a gigantic development in (free) distance education. MOOC courses are often oriented toward science and not so much toward music, but there are interesting offerings out there, even some of interest to composers.

Coursera offers many free college-level music courses, including Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition, Songwriting, and The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color.

Not free, but with a lot of (how-to) courses is Udemy, with offerings such as Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, Learn How to Record and Mix Music, Mixing Music with Logic Pro, Learn How to Remix.




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