Yes, but if you need to learn or brush up, we have a very modestly-priced course to start you off – Fundamentals of Reading Music. A basic ability to read music and understand intervals like major 3rd, tritone, etc. is a requirement of the other courses. This is because the musical examples are in traditional staff notation and musical distances are measured using standard interval names.
Yes. Courses can be purchased and viewed on desktop, mobile, and tablet devices with an internet connection.
No. The courses are for anyone who is interested in learning about the musical details of film music, regardless of whether you are a composer, teacher, performer, researcher, journalist, or enthusiast.
The goal is not to imitate these scores but to understand many of the most common harmonic techniques in this action-music. The course therefore attempts to show the breadth of techniques used, how to combine them, how to use them in new compositions, and provides compositional exercises for practice.
Each lesson is broken down into the sections and subsections that you see in the dropdowns on the course page before you enroll in a course. Sections of a lesson generally include subsections on theory, analysis, and a composition tutorial. A summary of the main points from each subsection is given both in the conclusion video and in the written notes in the Quick Reference subsection at the end of each lesson.
Exercises are composition-oriented and are offered in both PDF and MusicXML formats to accommodate both those who prefer writing music in notation software and those who prefer to write by hand.
Once you have been through a lesson or part of a lesson, you are encouraged to try using the techniques it taught in your own music and in your own style. For example, you might try starting with just a few bars and trying to integrate new techniques in a way that is consistent with what you would normally do. Everyone has their own musical voice, so getting the most out of a course means practicing the techniques in a way that maximizes creative freedom.
Questions can be posted in course-specific forums that are accessible to those who purchase any Film Music Notes course.
All course videos are available only for streaming through the Film Music Notes site.
Yes. If you are not satisfied with a course, full refunds are granted for 14 days after the initial purchase date, provided that no more than 30% of the pages from the first lesson in the bundle to be refunded has been completed. No refunds will be granted after 14 days from the initial purchase date of each lesson bundle or within the first 14 days if more than 30% of pages from the first lesson in the bundle to be refunded has been completed. Please note that if you have previously received a refund for a course and purchase the course again at a later time, the new purchase will not qualify for the 14-day refund period.
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