If you love learning then you should definitely check out Coursera. It’s a website which hosts short online courses, normally of about 6-8 weeks. It’s a great place to learn from home and has a nice variety of topics you can choose from. There’s “Introduction to Genetics and Evolution”, “Fundamentals of Global Energy Business”, “Understanding Einstein: The Special Theory Of Relativity”, “The Music Of The Beatles”, and many more, all from a host of well known universities. I found out about this great website when one of my friends showed me a TED Talk about it. I’ve embedded the video at the bottom if you’re interested.
Anyway, I found a great course that is relevant to me called Write Like Mozart: An Introduction To Classical Music Composition. I’ve just finished my first week and I’ve already learnt a lot. If you read my previous post then you’ll know I had to brush up on my theory knowledge to do the course. But I managed to catch up quite quickly, and when I did, I was able to start the video lectures and exercises.
Now what is great about this course is that at the end of each week there is an assignment and each weeks assignment is a composition. I thought this pretty scary at first, but then thought it makes perfect sense. As the course leader says, it’s called Write Like Mozart for a reason. However, it is only the first week, so you don’t exactly have to go and write a symphony. Instead you’re given a chord sequence and a melody and then it is down to you to voice the other three parts.
There were a lot of restrictions for this weeks assignment though, for instance all the chords must be in root position and the music must be homorhythmic and homophonic, which means that each voice must have the same rhythm. The end result sounds pretty basic, but it was definitely worth while doing, and was a good place to start. Here it is, complete with the audio: