Open College of the Arts (OCA)

Composing Music 1

Open College of the Arts (OCA)

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Typology Course
Methodology Distance Learning
Duration 10 Months
  • Course
  • Distance Learning
  • Duration:
    10 Months

It takes a little courage to see yourself as a composer but this course will enable you to bring out skills that are easily within your reach. Whatever your interest, this course will help you create your own music. By the end of the course, you will have recorded at least eight or nine compositions.
Suitable for: People who want to learn how to compose their own pieces of music.

To take into account

· Requirements

A basic grounding in Music Theory. You will also be required to have access to a computer and have a music software package with which to compose music and listen to the playback and that is capable of accessing the Sibelius files which come with the course materials.

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Course programme

What does the course cover?

  • Rhythm, notation, dynamics
  • Expression and melody
  • Writing in parts, chords and harmony
  • Key signatures and key changes
  • Measured surveys
  • Form, words and music

Course Assessment
You will receive comments and direction from your tutor throughout the course. If you choose to have your work formally assessed, you will receive details on submitting a folio of work with the course materials.

Higher Education Credit: 40 credit points at Level 1.

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