Songwriting and Composing Melodies

Lauren Buchter, Composer for Film and Television

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8 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • Using Chord Progressions

    • Composing Melodies

    • More About Melodies

    • Crafting Effective Lyrics

    • Orchestration, Arranging, Additional Elements

    • Music and Dialog

    • Closing Thoughts


About This Class

What makes a song or melody heroic, romantic, sad, or uplifting?

In this class, you’ll learn a few tried and true techniques for creating memorable melodies, as well as how to create a song which tells a story. Using a “creative brief” for our project, you will have an opportunity to create a custom piece of music the same way as many working composers do for film,TV and advertising every day! As a composer for film and TV, I’ll share with you some tricks I’ve learned along the way.

Some prior knowledge of music and ability to record music for the final project is helpful. All students interested in developing skills as songwriters or composers can benefit from this class! Beginners welcome!


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Thank you for your useful lessons.
A thorough but simple class. Great for beginners but advanced students can also benefit from it.
Nice little lesson, knowing a little music theory will make it much more understandable.





Lauren Buchter

Composer for Film and Television

Composer Lauren Buchter is an ASCAP 2014 "Composer To Watch". Her music can be heard on various primetime network TV programs including: ABC's "World News with Diane Sawyer", NBC's "Dateline" and ABC's "20/20". She has composed original scores for many films, including the 2014 Student Academy Award winning film, "Above the Sea". Recently, Lauren completed work on the score for "Cherry's In Season", a feature-length documentary slated for release later this year.

Equally at home in the concert world, Lauren has composed new works for such ensembles as New York Youth Symphony, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, Symphony Singers, Esterhazy Quartet, pianist Kimball Gallagher and soprano Pamela Stein Lynde. Her commissioned works for dance have seen performances by American Ballet Theatre, Above and Beyond Dance Company and the University of California. 

Lauren is a graduate of the Film Scoring Program at Berklee College of Music.