Music Composition 101

Music Composition for New Media

Summary Summary

This course prepares the student to realize, express and create music for new media including Video Games and Film with a focus on real world skills. Students will prepare a wide variety of compositions in different styles based on techniques explained in class. Real world examples will be brought into the classroom for analysis and discussion. In addition to composition students will also learn the basics of recording and producing a soundtrack entirely 'inside the box' (on a laptop). Students will also learn to the necessary skills needed to succeed in the 21st century world of international business.

6-weeks. Morning or evening session.

This class is 6 weeks and has a morning and evening session so that you can attend no matter what timezone you're in.

Video Recordings

This class is recorded so you'll be able to keep up to date even if you miss a session.

10 Credits

This class takes 10 credits to enroll.

Instructor, TA, and Peer education

This class has an instructor, a TA, and peer run assistance to help answer your questions. This class' format is lecture-based.


Principles and Techniques needed for New media composition

Practical knowledge of workflow and production processes for soundtracks

Core music theory needed for Composition

Real world skills for how to self-promote and conduct business in the 21st century international media market


  • Differences between TV, Film and Video Game music
  • How each media influences the others
  • What software/Hardware do I need?
  • Working with music libraries
  • Why some libraries should be avoided and how to build your own library (examples X-Men and HoE Perc Lib)

Core Composition

  • Tonal harmony – diatonic and chromatic
  • Modal composition and modal interchange
  • The importance of rhythm in all music (arpeggio becomes melody example, Mozart/Races)
  • Building a rhythm bed
  • Bass chords melodies and texturing
  • Style crash course on genre building

Recording, Editing, Mixing

  • How to Compose, record and mix simultaneously
  • Editing MIDI and quantizing
  • Arranging in your mind
  • Building a rhythm bed
  • DSP and how it can change your track
  • The importance of mastering


  • Instrument families – Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Rhythm section, Electronics and everything else
  • Making epic orchestral music
  • Making lyrical emotional orchestral music
  • Making comical orchestral music


The Composer’s demo reel

  • How to make an effective demo reel
  • Style considerations
  • Production value
  • Mastering your demo reel

You will learn about music interactivity and the tools needed for effectiveness, like FMOD vs WWISE. What's the difference and why does linear, adaptive, and interactive even matter? Plus some creative approaches to adaptive and interactive music, like stems and stem mixing.

Myth Busting

  • Major is happy and minor is sad (not true)
  • I have to spend lots of money on fancy gear to be successful (not true)
  • I need to know tons of theory, harmony and counterpoint to be a great composer (not true)
  • I need to soundproof my room to mix properly (not true)
  • I can’t mix on Earbuds (debatable but not true, sort of)

This course touches on your skills for success, like thinking of yourself as a brand, basic design principles, self-promotion and social media, the importance of creative corporate culture, finding work, and managing clients.

Standard Member Benefits

What you'll get as a Closing Credits member

Every course comes with extra benefits just for being a member of Closing Credits

Instructor Led Courses

6 to 12 week courses with an industry professional to guide you through.

Closing Credits Community

Access to our private Discord, forums, email lists. Work through fun and interesting challenges with your future colleagues and network.

Weekly Events

New Events, Workshops, Webinars, Panels, and Exercises Weekly.

Material From All Courses

Your interests change, and Closing Credits changes with you. Read and watch all the material from all courses.


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