Frequently Asked Questions
What Do I Need to Know Before Joining the Academy?
The basic requirement is an ability to read music. As long as you start with Music Composition 101, everything else is explained.
Each course in the Art of Composing Academy has different recommended musical knowledge levels. You are not restricted from any courses, but some will require more knowledge than others.
For Music Composition 101: The Fundamentals – as long as you can read music, you are ready.
Music Composition 201: Sonata Form, is more advanced and you should be able to understand the concepts in 101 first. Check each course page for the recommended knowledge and skill required.
Am I locked into paying for a year, or several months?
No. The subscription is a monthly subscription plan. You are billed as soon as you submit your order, and you can cancel at any time. When you cancel, you won’t be billed the following month, and you actually maintain access through the rest of the current billing period. You also have the option to pay for the entire year, at 40% off the normal price.
How Are the Courses Structured?
The courses are based around learning specific skill sets, and then putting those skills into practice. Each course features multiple modules, focusing on things like melody, harmony, or form. Each module has several lessons. Each lessons breaks down the key skills that you learn.
Every course has a comprehensive workbook that is designed for you to be able to successfully put into practice all the concepts from that course.
On top of this, I have recorded myself completing each of the exercises. This really helps understanding.
Are the Courses Available on iPad, iPhone, Android, or other mobile devices?
Yes. The site is fully mobile compatible. You can watch it and do the exercises anywhere you want, as long as you have an internet connection and a printer to print the exercises, or a notation program. If you have any issues with formatting, you can always email at email@example.com.
Can I download and save the videos to my computer?
Unfortunately, for security reasons I do not offer the videos for download and saving to your computer. On top of that, I am constantly adding new videos, and frequently make updates to workbooks, or add additional exercise explanations. The courses are always improving.
Do I have access to the entire course as soon as I join?
Yes. You have access to the entire course from the moment you sign up, nothing is drip fed. However, I don’t recommend rushing through it. The benefit is in practicing the exercises and compositions enough to where you don’t have to think about the theory and can just “let go” while you compose.
None the less, the course is available in it’s entirety and you could watch all 8 hours on the first day if you wanted.
The exception right now, is music composition 201, which is still being completed. That is about a third of the way complete, approximately 3 hours are available, with about 6-8 hours left to complete.
Will I get to talk to you during the course or I will only get the material and trust my self-study skills?
Yes. We have a weekly online meetup, called the Composer Symposium. This is your chance to talk to me, and ask any questions you have. It’s also an opportunity to meet other academy members – like minded composers all wanting to improve.
You can always leave a comment on the lesson pages which I answer, or email a question as well.
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Melody · Harmony · Form · Voice Leading · Counterpoint
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- ✓ No Composition experience required
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