Essential Composing Foundation

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So... You're halfway through a cool new NETFLIX movie and the music has inspired you so much that you press pause and rush to your instrument of choice. You absolutely 'know' that somewhere inside you there's a fantastic 'opening fanfare' or a dark and brooding melody' just waiting to come out and you can't wait to get started.

You sit there for a while...  and you might get started or you might not but somewhere in the process you realize that something is blocking your path to ultimate greatness. Something is stopping you from moving forward. 

Is it the lack of musical ideas? I mean, there are an awful lot of notes you could choose from and an infinite number of ways to combine those notes. Maybe it’s more that you struggle with the whole concept of using a sequencer and sample libraries to generate your masterpiece. Maybe you feel held back by your mixing skills? Maybe it’s a bit of all of these things (or a whole bunch of other things).

No matter what the problem, the end result is you’ve hit a roadblock and you have two clear choices

The first is to ‘throw in the towel’ and just give up. The second is to take the steps to master these skills and move forward.

But where do you start? Who do you turn to? 

A traditional music college? A well-meaning YouTuber? There’s so much information out there that it quickly becomes overwhelming.

You need to start with a clear, concise source of knowledge that steps you through all you need to get started on this magical journey of musical composition. A ‘key’ to help you open the doors that are holding you back.

And of course, you want it to be taught by experts!

Not just any experts. You want your teachers to be passionate about your progress and keen to see your improvement. Where do you find such a course?

Break Down The Barriers

After helping thousands of students with their passion to create great cinematic productions, one thing became obvious to the Cinematic Composing team.

Our students were coming to us with a massive range of expertise and experience. Some needed help with writing strong melodies, captivating harmonies, and basic orchestration. Others really struggled more with the technical areas like setting up a sequencer and choosing sample libraries. And many were very new to every single aspect of cinematic composing.

So we launched ‘Essential Composing Foundation’ which is designed to give you everything you need to get started in the amazing world of cinematic composing..... Everything!

No matter where you’re starting in the journey of cinematic composition, Essential Composing Foundation will give you the tools you need to confidently move ahead.

You’ll learn how to write melodies and how to give them emotion with harmony. How to use instrument groups to make your ideas interesting and musical. You’ll also learn which sample libraries to use and how to set them up in a basic template so your ideas will turn into finished tracks with less hassle.

It’s the perfect course for you to start on your Cinematic Composing journey. 

Meet your trainer

Marc Jovani, Composer, Teacher, Cofounder of Cinematic Composing

  • Based in Los Angeles. Has composed soundtracks for more than 50 movies
  • Has provided music for major studios such as NETFLIXAmazonLionsgateSyfyFOX.
  • His movies have been distributed internationally on leading, nationally broadcasted television channels, including Lifetime (USA), TF1 (France), the Hallmark Channel (USA), Canale 5 (Italy), Antena 3 (Spain), HBO (USA) and more.
  • His music has been recorded in major studios: Warner Bros (Burbank), EastWest (Hollywood), and others.
  • Co-founder of Cinematic Composing (2016) with more than 10.000 students and growing
  • Berklee College of Music: Composition & Orchestration teacher at Berklee (2010-2016)

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What You'll Learn

  1. 1. Music Theory 101

    You'll learn basic music theory in a way that keeps it relevant and fresh. You'll also discover how to write your own melodies and how to capture your listeners’ emotions with harmony.

  2. 2. Hold Your Listeners Attention

    You'll learn how to use layers and counter melodies to keep your cues fresh and evolving.

  3. 3. Separate Your Musical Ideas

    You'll discover how to keep your musical layers from 'getting in each others way' by understanding how to compose using separation techniques.

  4. 4. You'll Learn The Expressive Power Of Articulations

    There are so many ways to actually 'play' orchestral instruments, especially those from the string family. You'll understand how these articulations sound and also when and how to use them to best effect.

  5. 5. Master The 'Driving Forces' Of Composition

    Hook your creativity to the 3 'driving forces' of composition and hang on for the ride to a massively accelerated workflow.

  6. 6. Establishing Your Workspace

    Discover the tools you're going to need and how to set them up to get the most efficient workflow. Your keyboard/controller, your interface, what DAW to use. We'll also advise you on what sample libraries you should look at to get you up and running without costing you an arm and a leg.

  7. 7. Reverb Basics

    Learn about some basic reverb types and discover the best way to use them to help pull your various libraries together and add dimension.

  8. 8. Stem Shortcuts

    Get mixing quickly and efficiently by setting up 'stems' to organize all those beautiful tracks into manageable groups.

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ECF is designed to give ‘absolutely anybody’ the skills to get started in their journey into the amazing world of cinematic composing. It doesn't matter how inexperienced you may be. This course will give you everything you need to ‘level you up’ on a whole range of essential skills and get you composing straight away. It’s also a great launchpad into a range of more advanced courses we offer.

You’ll master the basics of music theory and how to create amazing melodies and engaging harmonies so you can connect with and captivate your listener.

You’ll learn how to embellish your ideas without drowning them in clutter or turning them into a muddy mess.

You’ll discover what sample libraries to select for rapid composing and how to set them up in your DAW (sequencer) and how to arrange a template so your system is ready and responsive whenever you have a musical idea to follow. 

And finally, you’ll understand the 3 musical forces and how important they are in helping you write interesting and compelling musical cues.

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Cinematic Composing membership

Get Access to Essential Composing Foundation PLUS unlock everything else on Cinematic Composing. You get the catalog of courses unlocked for less than $2 a day

$3,995 of value

Single program

FULL version

Get Access to only Essential Composing Foundation on all devices.

VALUE: $1,099
(additional 80% discount)
(One time payment)
*EU VAT charges will apply to EU billing addresses.
For your security, all orders are processed on a secured server.