Everyone can compose.
Whether you’re new to composition or a seasoned composer looking for new approaches, this workshop is for you! We will learn about the different components that make up a song, experiment through guided exercises, and tackle some of the challenges that can get in the way of creating. Participants may use a variety of tools including their voice/instrument, phone, GarageBand (or other preferred DAW), and/or paper. The workshop focuses on Jazz composition, but the techniques covered can be applied to many styles of music. This workshop offers a relaxed, supportive and engaging environment for anyone to learn more about composition.
Modality: Workshop includes Four Live and Interactive Zoom Sessions - one per week for 75 minutes each.
Cost: Sliding scale between $150 - $250 (partial scholarships are also available)
BONUS: Participants will receive a free PDF copy of Monica’s workbook, “Dive into Composition”!
2023 Course Offerings
FEBRUARY 2023 - registration open now! Spots are limited!
Session I - Sundays 12:00 - 1:15 PM (CMT) - reserved for women and female-identifying participants only
Session II - Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:15 PM (CMT) - open to everyone
JUNE 2023 - registration opens May 1st
OCTOBER 2023 - registration opens Sept. 1st
“The Dive into Composition workshop was a fantastic experience from start to finish. From the creative prompts to the excellent feedback and teaching that happened during the weekly calls, I went from absolutely afraid of composition to loving and enjoying the creative process. Any questions I had were answered in such a way that someone brand new to writing music could take it and run immediately. This workshop helps you to just let go and experience something everyone should: Creativity and Expression.” - Brave Musician® Workshop Attendee
Through this journey we will explore:
THE COMPOSITION PROCESS
EXPLORATION AND SELF-DISCOVERY
FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC: MELODY, RHYTHM, FORM, CHORDS AND CHORD PROGRESSIONS
SHARING WITH OTHERS
What you will need:
Curiosity and the desire to start writing your own musical ideas
Internet and access to Zoom
A way to document your composition ideas - staff paper, recorder on your phone, Finale, Sibelius, Garage Band, Logic, Ableton are all options.