What you'll learn:
- How to Not Suck as a Composer...
- How to Spend All Your Earnings on Gear You Don't Need
- How to Spell the Word "Rhythm"
- How to Argue with me for Hours about which Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is the Best
- How to Push the Red Button in Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and Other Software you Probably Won't Buy.
- How to Drink More Coffee
- How to Abandon Sleep
- How to Cry in a Corner When Your Clients Hate Your Music
- How to Play to a Click (oh wait, you already learned that in your childhood piano lessons)
- How to Spend Weeks Automating Your Orchestral Mockups to Sound Nothing like a Real Orchestra
- How to Create Your Own Sample Instruments for Free so You Can Save Money and Buy My Book
- How to Realize In 2 Days That Composing Is Actually Super Difficult and You May Not Be Cut Out For This
- How to Leave a Scathing Course Review
- Are You Still Reading These Bullets? Go Start the Course Already :)
Why are you here? Yes, YOU here on Udemy looking for a music composition and production course – are you here to dip your toes into the wild world of composing music for a living? Have you always dreamed of writing for Hollywood movies, big commercials, AAA video games, and the like? Have your parents told you to go to business school and find a "real job"? Whelp, I hate to squash your spirit...but they're right. If you want to make a career out of writing music, buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
If you're still reading, then you're here for something...more. You want to learn from someone who has already paved the path. You want to hear their war stories, understand their lifestyle choices, witness their work habits, study their rhythms, and most of all...learn how they do it so you can do it too.
I'm not here to blow smoke. I'm nothing special. In fact, although I'm an "award-winning composer" (do Webby's even count?) with hundreds of credits across virtually every media known to man – films, television, video games, podcasts, audio dramas, advertisements, trailers, corporate videos, animation, musicals, YouTube series, graphic novels, & a motion comic...my music has even been performed in concert halls and played on repeat for a decade inside the National Museums Liverpool! – you've never heard of me. Why? Because I'm an Everyday Composer. I'm not famous, but I support my family doing what I love every day and inspiring millions of listeners...even if they never know my name.
Chances are, you've heard my music on...
Horror music on the #1 Fiction podcast Dark Dice, starring Jeff Goldblum
Playful 16-bit music on Monster Sanctuary
Emotional music on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars
Epic orchestral music on ad campaigns for FOX, NBC, & CBS networks
Video game music on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, & mobile
With that out of the way....
Welcome to my course Film, TV, & Video Game Music Composition + Production Basics! Back in 2016, this was my first experience publishing a course on Udemy and it quickly became a Best-Selling course. Don't take my word for it – read the reviews for yourself...
When I first ordered this course, I honestly thought I was going to get a lot of the same things I knew about composition work...What Steven did here blows my expectations out of the water. He gives a lot of advanced music theory techniques, as well as detailed help on how to use your DAW, and he keeps you on your toes with some of these quizzes. Especially after you get half way through the course. I don't regret the money I paid for this course at all, and I'm glad that I have this course to reference when I'm in a bit of a pickle with my own goals. –Monish C.
Absolutely phenomenal course! All the lectures go into great depth on the lesson topic and explain it clearly. Thanks for the awesome course Steven!–Kenan B.
This course seems to be exactly what I’m looking for. Steven is taking every facet of the craft and business of modern composing into account and teaching at the perfect pace - the videos are not too long, but are jam packed with great info. – Andrew C.
In this updated 2022 version, I’ve removed content that is no longer relevant and have added hours of bonus content to showcase my entire comprehensive library of teaching over the last 5 years, including
How to Train for Professional Composing Speed
How to Build DAW Templates
How to Create a Realistic Sampled Orchestra
How to Earn First Dollars & Grow a Music Business
Music Composer Lifestyle
Interviews with Industry Pros
Public Interviews with Steven about His Music Career
Selected Live Composing Show Streams
Student Coaching Calls with Steven
Level Up Live with Coaching Students
How to Compose in the Style of Famous Composers
Nerdy Music Technology
Case Studies on How I Composed for Projects
MINI-COURSE: Music Composer's Guide to Finding Work Online ($297 value!)
The bulk of the core content that originally made this course so successful is still here and will teach you all the fundamentals you need to compose & produce music for Film, TV, & Video Games (and surely other types of media too). The only prerequisite for this course is that you have access to a Mac or PC. We will be using notation software and a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to write music on a computer, but don’t worry if you don’t have any music software yet. There are multiple free options available and we’ll cover those as needed throughout the course.
I look forward to connecting with you inside. Talk to you soon.