The Elements of Music Composition Now Available in Several Formats

The Elements of Music Composition is now available in a Print, iBook, Nook, and Kobo edition. Click the appropriate link to see your purchase options.

The Elements of Music CompositionIf you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday, the first volume in the Music Composition Technique Series is now available in multiple formats. This book is the result of my time teaching private music composition lessons through The Composers Studio at

The book details fluid and intuitive methods for composing, analyzing, and performing music from a variety of styles. Unlike other composition texts that require composers to write in one particular style, this text is designed to help musicians understand basic underlying principles that apply to most musical works. Whether your area is jazz, pop, classical, or electronic music, these basic principles are designed to help you learn about the underlying concepts that make a musical work coherent and enjoyable to listen to.

The old philosophy of organicism helps to provide composers with a method that results in music that is both logical, highly musical, and logical to the listener. Composers who have a great talent for composing music naturally will appreciate the free system that is introduced in this text. Rather than trying to dictate rules and maxims for the creation of music, this text is designed to help the composer create music that the audience will understand. 

This highly revised second edition offers significant new insights and concepts to help composers to create music that is lasting and meaningful.

Purchase the text through Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

For Composers Who Want to Compose Effective Music

The Elements of Music Composition gives composers the missing puzzle piece that makes it possible to create musical works that endure and become richer and more meaningful with each performance. Composers learn to create a composition that grows out of a single seed and connects the different disciplines within music composition. Applying the concepts in this book will help composers create highly effective works that resonate with audiences.

The education of a composer typically includes instruction in subject areas that are designed to teach composers about the methods that composers of the past used to create original works:

  • Counterpoint teaches composers to combine multiple melodies.
  • Music theory teaches chords and progressions
  • Orchestration colors a musical work and adds depth.
  • Form serves as the container for expansive musical ideas.

These cornerstones of music composition are important to the development of a composer’s technique and skill, but they do not teach how to think like a composer. The Elements of Music Composition introduces a concept of coherence to bring all of these components together into a single theory of composition that is flexible, does not demand adherence to strict rules, and teaches composers to think like the master composers of the past.

Think about music in an entirely different way. Learn to compose music where every element is critical to the whole. This book provides the missing puzzle piece for composers who want to learn how elements in music work together to create an organic and coherent musical work.

Designed for Composers of All Levels

Pulling back the veil to reveal how master composers create original works

Deconstructing the dogma associated with the seemingly impenetrable art of music composition is the primary aim of this work. Composers are introduced to the concept of organic music and begin to develop an understanding of how coherence and comprehensibility play a major role in the creation of musical works.

Understand the Principles Composers Use to Create Masterworks

Music theory is only a stepping stone to the creation of original music compositions

Music theory teaches a composer to create derivative music of an established style. While music theory is essential to learning how the masters constructed their musical works, it doesn’t necessarily teach composers anything about writing original music. This book shines a light on the process of composing music by showing composers how to use melody, harmony, form, orchestration, and counterpoint in a connected process where every element contributes to the composition and serves a role.

A Practical Approach to Music Composition Without Arbitrary Exercises

The craft of music composition is revealed through a careful review of the elements of music. Composers will not complete exercises, improve technique, or learn the typical concepts addressed in your average music composition course. Travel deep inside the process of composing to reveal fundamental principles that can be applied to almost any style of music. Generic exercises that instruct a composer to create a melody on an established chord progression, fix voice leading errors, and create modulations to scripted keys do not encourage original thought.

Music Composition Technique Series: Vol. I

The Elements of Music composition starts composers on a path of musical mastery. The complete four-volume series serves as a complete education in the theory of music composition. Volume II develops the composers’ technique and inner ear. Volume III teaches composers the craft of counterpoint and harmony. Volume IV completes the training by refining the composers’ craft and turning it into art.