Writing Music 101: Composing Melodies II

Jason Rivera, Composer

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8 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:17
    • 2. Follow The Harmony

      5:54
    • 3. Using a Motif

      4:04
    • 4. Creating Contour

      4:53
    • 5. Keep The Rhythm Simple

      2:22
    • 6. Writing For a Specific Instrument

      3:45
    • 7. Developing Your Own Style

      1:59
    • 8. Conclusion

      3:25

About This Class

Learn how to write memorable melodies with composer Jason Rivera. This 30-minute class covers the fundamentals of creating an original tonal melody—walking you through the process step-by-step.

If you are new to composing music, check out my beginner's class on writing melodies Writing Music 101: Composing Melodies.

For your class project you will write an original melody, utilizing the techniques we cover in the class, and record it. Your recording doesn't have to be professional quality—a smartphone demo will work great.

Anyone interested in cultivating their skills as a songwriter and/or composer can benefit from this class. This class is designed for intermediate songwriters and composers. Basic knowledge of music notation, an understanding of the fundamentals of music theory, access to and the ability to play chords and melodies on an instrument, is required.