Music Composition Lesson 9.2 – The Nature of Melody

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119 lectures

190 Diagrams and Audio Samples (to illustrate concepts taught)

125 Memory Questions (to reinforce concepts taught)

90 Transcription and Composition Assignments (to practice the concepts taught)

76 Listening Assignments

21 Quizzes

By the end of the course you will be able to compose your own rhythms & melodies. This includes rhythmic & melodic motifs, phrases, periods and phrase groups.

You will also learn how to develop your rhythmic & melodic material through a wide variety of compositional techniques.

You will practice transcribing music (hearing rhythms and melodies and then writing them down in notation form).

You will practice notating music using basic music notation software.


Every student of music!

Beginning Composers/Songwriters

Composers/Songwriters with previous knowledge or experience who want to brush up and hone their skills (and maybe learn some new techniques!)

Anyone who has always wanted to learn how to write music!

Although this course uses many examples from classical music, most of the information and compositional techniques learned in this course can be used by musicians of any genre (including rock, pop, and jazz)


A computer with internet connection, screen to watch video, and speakers to hear audio samples.

A basic knowledge of music theory: students who take this course should be able to read notes in treble and bass clef, understand note durations, meter, key, scales, flats, sharps, intervals (major, minor and perfect), chords (major and minor), chord inversions, tempo, dynamics, and articulations. If you do not already have a rudimentary understanding of music theory then we recommend taking a music theory course before enrolling in this course.

Some type of music notation software. The notation software demonstrated in this course is the Finale NotePad software. NotePad is a very basic music notation program and has all the necessary functions for a beginning composition student. An important part of music composition is getting your music to paper, and so this course will also develop the students’ ability to properly notate their music. This software not only prints professional looking sheet music, it also allows the student to hear their compositions as they are writing them. You can read more about NotePad and download it for FREE at:

Although not a necessity, it is very beneficial that the student have some ability to play the piano (or other instrument)


Lesson 2.1 – Uniformity & Variety

Lesson 2.2 — Music’s Relation to Language

Lesson 12.1 — Intervallic Expansion & Compression

Lesson 14.1 — Types of Melodic Phrases

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