Do you want to learn to write your own music? Are you full of musical ideas but don’t know how to put them on paper? Do you write your own songs but often get stuck because you don’t know how to proceed? Through composition lessons you can learn how to structure your creative process. So that you can develop your musical abilities and have fun to boot.

This is your first composition lesson, while you’re reading this. Imagine an empty space. You are in that space. This can be a hall, filled with chairs, with a stage. You can be on that stage, but you can also sit on a chair. Or stand somewhere else. It’s up to you, this space is all yours.

Imagine a sound in this room. This sound can be anything. It can be hard, it can be soft. It can be a long tone or a short one, a high one or a low one. Or something in between. What do you hear? Let that sound be heard a few times in this room. Does it change? Will it stay the same? Does it want to go somewhere? Follow your imagination! All you have to do is listen.

Composing is about writing down what you hear. It’s pretty much like writing a story, but in a different language. Music has  its own grammar. You can learn this language, and use it to capture your wildest ideas. Once written down, you or other people can play what you have heard. So that other people can be touched or inspired by it. Or get angry. That’s all fine, what matters is that what you have in you, is heard by others. That can be music in any style, from pop, jazz, classical, indie, to grunge, death metal or rock.

If you want your music to be performed by musicians, you need to learn how to write down the sounds you have heared. Beethoven was deaf, he was so good at imagining and writing down sounds that he could do it from the top of his head. Stravinsky was very different, he wrote music sitting down at the piano. But they both wrote their music down to the last detail, so that we can still enjoy it today in the concert hall. If you’re playing in a band, notation is not always needed, but it helps a great deal if you can write down chord progressions and make lead sheets.

Back to that empty space: do you hear violins, flutes, or just electric guitars? Double basses and trombones, or a choir with a rock band? Together we look at how you can best shape your ideas, so that your music can be heard in the best possible way. From a simple melody, to you on stage with a guitar, to a great work for symphony orchestra – let there be no limits to your imagination.

What you will learn in the lessons:
  • How to write a melody
  • How harmony and melody work together
  • How to develop a small idea into a large composition
  • How to collect and develop material for a composition or a song
  • How to create form and structure, from small pieces to (much) larger ones
  • What composition techniques have been developed over the centuries, and how can you use them
  • How does instrumentation / orchestration / arranging / production work
  • How do instruments sound together in an orchestra, an ensemble or a band
  • Hoe kan je je muziek gespeeld krijgen, en hoe krijg je terug wat je wilt horen
What does it cost?

A composition lesson costs EUR 50 per hour. You can pay via the webshop with iDeal, Paypal or Credit card. Payment for an online lesson is always in advance.

The first lesson is an introduction and is free.

Where is it?

The lessons will take place online via Skype or on location in Almere (Oosterwold), the Netherlands.

Who is your teacher? 

Giel Vleggaar

I have been composing since I was eleven years old. When I started studying at the conservatory I noticed how important it is to have a good teacher. Someone who challenges you, but also shows you how things work. I've benefited most from teachers who were absolute masters of their craft, and expected me to become one as well. That's why I'll be an endless resource of knowlegde for you, a cheerleader, and someone who's 100% on your side. So that you can learn to shape your wildest musical ideas.