Write Like Mozart
An Introduction to Classical Music Composition

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This course introduces students to strategies for style writing of common practice European art music.

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Taught by
Peter Edwards
Associate Professor
and 9 more instructors

Offered by
National University of Singapore

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r/musictheory • post
17 points • xynaxia
Introduction to classical composition.

Heya, I found a great source for those who want to learn more about composition!

"This course introduces students to strategies for style writing of common practice European art music. The issues of harmonic progression, voice leading, and texture are addressed in addition to relevant compositional concepts like repetition, variation, and elaboration. The course aims to offer a creative space even within the restrictions of stylistic emulation"

Keep in mind this is not an advanced course.


r/composer • post
8 points • alfonso_x
[Discussion] Free online composition course

Hey, for those of us who are self-taught, there's a pretty good composition course starting up on Coursera. I've done the first two weeks of it, and it seems like a great resource in the fundamentals.


r/piano • post
41 points • Joename
Ever get frustrated that you're just moving from piece to piece without developing a better understanding of the underlying music? I've compiled some great Coursera resources that are helping me quite a bit.

While learning piano as an adult has been an enormously enriching part of my life, I have been frustrated that occasionally it felt like my teacher and I were just moving from piece to piece without developing a greater understanding of what I was playing, how I can replicate it, how to sit down and just play, practical theory, etc. Half an hour just isn't enough time for a lot of the stuff I wanted to know. I felt like I was learning pieces, but not necessarily the ability to really understand the music.

Over the last two months I put together and have been going through a curriculum of freely available resources that I think can be helpful for other folks in the same predicament as me. So here is what I've put together. Note: All of these items are free (except for one that I'll discuss later). Just select the Audit Course option.

Getting Started With Music Theory (Coursera): This has been a great foundational course that was somewhat remedial in places but helped me to gain a better understanding of a few things I had been lacking: Particularly: Key signatures, the structure of major and minor chords and how they're related to each other, and the quality of intervals. This was stuff that scared me before (oh no, a piece with 4 sharps!) but it really demystifies that whole process by explaining that the underlying structure of the music is identical between keys. Just because you're pressing different buttons doesn't mean the music is inherently more complicated. Occasionally, there are some confusing explanations of terms and such, and the quizzes are structured oddly. But outside of those very minor hiccups, I highly recommend it.

Developing Your Musicianship (Coursera): Incredible course, and the first in a series that you can pursue as a specialization. This does cover some of the same ground as the previous one, but a) it's good to reinforce your knowledge in a new context and b) it is heavily focused on practicalities. It's developed by the Berkeley School of Music which, as far as I know, is well known for its focus on careers in playing music that go beyond the one person in a million who actually performs piano following their degree in piano performance. So, this course and its sequels are heavy on ear training, hearing majors and minors, knowing what intervals sound like, and what you can do on the piano to replicate these sounds in the context of writing your own piece. I highly recommend this course and the ones that follow it. You'll be a much better amateur musician when it's done.

Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Composition (Coursera): Classical music, particularly from the galant and classical eras, sounds a certain way and you probably can't put your finger on why. Well, it turns out, most of the composers from that era were all operating from a more or less standard series of rules which gives the music its distinct sound and structure. If you're studying with a teacher, I'd bet you're learning the standard classical repertoire which is primarily from this era. This is an excellent but demanding course that may be best taken after some months of piano practice, or after the theory course/with a slightly more than basic-level understanding of theory. You do NOT need to be at an intermediate or high level to benefit from this course. You'll learn about voice leading, texture, inversions, melody-writing, and a whole bunch more. This course will give you a far far better understanding of why the stuff you are playing sounds the way it does, AND will give you the tools to compose something similar-sounding yourself. It's awesome.

Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas (Coursera): I have not taken this course yet, but I think the grounding of the previously mentioned course will be extremely helpful here. Listening to piano music is a huge benefit to playing, and understanding what you are hearing enriches the listening part and the playing part. There are part two and part three sequel courses to this. I'm excited to get going

Classical Piano Improvisation (Patreon, $1 a month): This course, which is really an ongoing series of monthly lessons and guides, is possibly best for those who have been playing for a couple of years and have a grounding in the first three courses I listed here. But I think it also works beautifully as a sequel to the Write Like Mozart course. The teacher is renowned piano pedagogist and professor of piano at Cedarville University, Dr. John Mortensen. He's trying to revive classical improvisation among both teachers (so they can can teach it to their students) and directly to amateur and higher level students. This course is is also focused on the standardized rules of Baroque, Galant, and classical music, and actively teaches you how to improvise within the boundaries of those rules. This is an excellent course for better understanding why the music you're playing sounds the way it does, and in teaching you how to sit at a piano with a set of chord progressions and just play something that sounds great in the classical style. It's $1 a month, so not free, but just about as close as you can get. The 2 videos a month and the assignments give you more than enough to study and practice.

Ok, that's about all I can think of. I hope this is as helpful for others as it is for me.

r/piano • comment
11 points • Januszex_employee



https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6X9nEsddMpYNyxr3ZckjLg/videos from lesson 1



thank me later

r/musictheory • comment
2 points • GretschElectromatic

Write like Mozart free coursera course.

r/composer • comment
2 points • nazgul_123

I've learned piano on my own as well! Everything that follows is from my personal experience.

It depends a bit on how much of a learning curve you want. I personally jumped right into this course (which I can't recommend enough btw) when I could just barely read sheet music. It will be a rather steep learning curve, but on the other hand you will come out with a pretty decent understanding of music theory. If if feels impossible, you can always come back to it once you've gained some experience.

Listen to as many recordings (and live performances) of music as you can! Listen for all the details and nuances, try to guess at the composer's intentions, reverse engineer pieces as much as you can. This gives you an "intuitive" understanding of how music works. In fact, if you have a good enough ear, you can subconsciously understand most music theory concepts, even before you learn it formally! This happened to me to an extent, and music theory was a revelation.

As to how you sit down with a particular feeling and transform it onto the keys, the process depends a lot on the person, as everyone experiences music slightly differently. Your main aim here is to be fluent enough with the instrument so that you are able to play whatever you imagine in your head with minimal delay. Transcribing is one of the best things you can do to achieve this sort of fluency. Also, having an understanding of basic chord functions helps as a starting point.

There are also some music theory channels on Youtube, which have really helped with my composition/improvisation, such as Rick Beato and Adam Neely.

Keep at it -- it's difficult, but it's a blast!

r/musictheory • comment
1 points • Xenoceratops
r/musictheory • comment
1 points • RandomFuckingUser
r/piano • comment
2 points • funtech

If classical is what you're after, this is a great course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/classical-composition

r/piano • comment
1 points • Sleutelbos


A free course that explains the basics of classical harmony and how to voice progressions using inversions.

r/musictheory • comment
1 points • rabbitpurple

I'm not familiar with anglo-saxon grade-levels but here is a great course:


You can audit it for free and I'm a mentor there ;-)

r/composer • comment
1 points • beholder_cult

Here is a very good resource:



r/musictheory • comment
2 points • Korrun

Alan Belkin has some great free composition and counterpoint textbooks.

I remember the Walter Piston Harmony boom came with a workbook that included composition exercises. I imagine others do also.

Free online class Write Like Mozart. Has some good stuff.

OpenMusicTheory includes lots of composition and counterpoint information.

r/LofiHipHop • comment
1 points • Mioche_1

Some courses from coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/develop-your-musicianship https://www.coursera.org/course/musictheory https://www.coursera.org/learn/classical-composition

r/Music • comment
2 points • philipmat

I think the best way to listen to classical music, and by the way that's a really gargantuan task, is to start learning it - it is honestly like a language.