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Songwriting / Composition Classes

Learning to write your own songs is a truly rewarding experience. Whether you're interested in learning to write music for your band or wanting to score a symphony, we're ready to get your started!

Songwriting / Composition / Arranging / Music Theory (ages 12-adult)

The focus of our writing program is to train students in the art of expressing their ideas to other musicians. Students will learn to use notation software, MIDI recording, digital audio software, and of course, good old fashioned pen, staff paper and/or notepads. All programs are available in weekly 30, 45, or 60 minute private sessions.

The Songwriting Program (ages 12-adult) focuses heavily on learning to write music in the contemporary styles of today's pop, rock, christian, country, and jazz artists. You'll learn to write melodies with a hook, create leadsheets, basic chord structures and how to tell a story that flows through your choice of lyrics.

The Music Theory Program is offered apart from our weekly general theory group classes for those students who wish to intensively study only music theory. The class is open to students (ages 12-up) at all levels and consists of a 30, 45, or 60 minute private lesson each week. These lessons will include a variety of music theory/notation practices including the basics, form analysis, chord/scale nomenclature, Italian terms, functional harmony, and an introduction to basic composition. Students may elect to study either traditional (classical theory) or jazz theory, but a firm grasp of classical theory is required before beginning jazz theory. As students progress, they may elect to pursue further studies in the Composition Program.

The Composition Program (ages 12-adult) allows students to study in either classical or jazz formats. Lessons focus on creating melodies, arranging/orchestration techniques, in addition to a review of general music theory/notation practices. Students are expected to learn to write by hand (traditional paper and pencil) in addition to using the latest in computer notation software and other computer based technologies.

Our Composition/Piano program is the recommended composition program for younger beginners and those without any prior musical training. Classes focus on the development of fundamental composition and keyboard skills.

Watch student, Diana, perform her original piano composition at a recent LAAPA concert!


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