How To Compose Music

Would you like to learn how to compose music?

It  is fun and rewarding to write sheet music on your own, and it doesn't need to be hard. We all have to start somewhere, right?

Actually, to start making your own music the only thing you need to do is to drum your beat, sing your song, or hum your tune...

Yes, that is creating music, and everyone can do it.

Do you have a question about how to start composing  music? Perhaps you have a great idea on how to get started? Share your question or tips and tricks here!

But if you would like to actually get some tools to create music and to write it with musical notation, then this is the right place!

Here are a series of music composition lessons for beginners, for free, that will teach you some of the techniques used when composing music.

If you'd like an easy book to get you started with music composition, check out: Music Composition for Dummies (Amazon).

Compose Music Lessons & Exercises

There are probably millions of ways you can create music, but knowing that can make it hard to begin.

In these lessons I will give you some simple exercises to get started. These are exercises I use with my students in music theory class, since they are fun, rewarding and really easy to do.

All the composition exercises are for beginners.

A few basic music theory concepts are required (see the pre-requisites for each lesson).

But the exercises are designed just to let you get the feel for some of the techniques used when composing music, without having had to study music theory for years.

Hopefully the exercises will make you hungry for more!

How to Compose Music For Beginners

Learning more about how music is made, and what it is made up from will also make you more aware, and appreciate more how your favorite composers created the music you love.

Learning how to compose makes it easier to read notes, and may help you play from sheet music better. So, let’s get started!

Introduction: How to write music

  • Pre-requisites: None

An introduction about how to write your own music and how it's something anyone can do. Have a blast! Read more.

Lesson 1: How to Write a Melody

In this lesson you will learn how to write a simple melody using a graphic outline, adding pitch, rhythm and finally time signature. It is a great and fun exercise to overcome any writing blocks! Read more.

Lesson 2: How to Add a Chord Sequence to a Melody

How do you add chords to a melody? Finding chords to fit a melody is actually easy if you keep it simple.

We will look at how to fit in the three basic chords, the Tonic (I), Subdominant (IV) and Dominant (V) to a little tune.

Harmonizing a melody is what you need to have the ingredients for a great arrangement. Read more.

Lesson 3: Simple 4 Part Harmony

Writing a melody and chords in 4 parts is a fun exercise that really makes you feel the power of music composing! This is a lesson for beginners who know nothing or little about 4 part harmony.

The lesson will end with you having a small but great sounding composition that you composed! Read more.

Write Your Own Songs

How to Write Songs

Beginning exercises in popular song writing.

We'll start by analyzing the way many popular songs are composed, and learn what the different parts in a song are.

Then, borrowing the same or similar form as your favorite song, you can compose music on your own! Go to How to Write Songs.

How to Make a Song

Songwriting can be so much fun! Here is an exercise how to make a song by using the outline of another.

By re-writing a melody, but using the same melodic ideas we can learn more how a song can be composed while practicing to compose our own. Go to How To Make A Song

Musical Inspiration

Musical Mysteries and Phenomena

Inspiration to compose music can be found everywhere.

Here we will take a look at unusual, fun, strange or simply interesting areas where you might find some inspiration for your own compositions! 

Enjoy a look into odd and obscure mysteries and phenomena of sound and music, going back in the history of music theory. Read more.


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