The Elements of Music Composition

The Elements of Music Composition (2nd Edition) is Coming Soon!

If you wondered what happened to The Elements of Music Composition and The Music Composition Technique Builder, I’m in the middle of updating these textbooks to a new edition. Stay tuned and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and my Amazon Author page to be the first to know when it is released. The Elements of Music Composition is the first volume in a series that will include a total of four volumes, including Music Composition Technique Builder (Vol. II), The Craft of Music Composition (Vol. III), and The Art of Music Composition (Vol. IV). These four volumes provide a complete program in music composition is designed to take composers through the most important concepts.

The Elements of Music Composition


Learn to compose music, and understand the role music theory plays for a composer. The Elements of Music Composition is the missing puzzle piece for composers who know music theory, counterpoint, orchestration, form, analysis, and instrumentation; yet, still don’t understand how to blend all of the disparate elements into a work. Readers learn how the elements and cornerstones in music can work together to create an organic musical work. While this book is geared towards composers and musicians, the concepts are also simple enough for the avid listener to understand. This is a book for all music lovers.

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 a 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 fails to account for an individual’s capacity to experience beauty and emotion in a musical work, and it only teaches a composer to replicate an established style. Music theory is an excellent training tool, but the composer who wants to go beyond the ordinary must dissect the composing process to reveal the mysteries buried within. This book shines a light on the process of composing music.

Go Beyond Music Theory to Create Effective Musical Works

Teaching the principles of construction gives composers the ability to create original works

While student composers need to learn established systems of music theory and composition, systems should be abandoned when it comes time to compose authentic works of art. This text describes how a composer can use melody, harmony, form, orchestration, and timbre 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. This text aims to get deep inside the process of composing to reveal fundamental principles that apply to several musical styles. 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. Composers must be taught the principles behind the theories to understand how to compose original music that stems from a deep understanding of the nature of music.

Suitable for the Casual Listener or the Professional Composer and Musician

Learn to compose music not through the study of other composers theories, but through universal principles that apply to musical works.

The best composers in history learned to write music by following in the footsteps of their predecessors. Composers created music based on the principles of voice leading and counterpoint before the advent of music theory. Beethoven was notorious for carefully working out counterpoint exercises, and he went to great lengths to ensure his exercises followed the proper procedures. Mozart used counterpoint to teach his own students. This book reveals the basic underlying principles of music composition so composers can create effective musical works based on sound principles instead of limiting theories of music composition.