Webinar Recording Available
Who is this for?
Any composer working in any style wanting to discuss their music and to receive evaluative feedback.
Anybody writing harmony or counterpoint wanting advice on how to improve it or solve particular difficulties.
Anybody wanting to ask questions about any aspect of Composition or writing harmony.
This is a practical webinar for those interested in composing music of any genre. We will study the skills common to all composition through a combination of structured teaching and feedback on students’ own work. Original participants were invited to submit a score and a recording of any musical ideas to the webinar - it might be just a short phrase or some interesting chords - and we discussed their implications and ways in which they might be expanded and developed. All the submitted material is available with participants contributing their reflections on the submitted works and Gareth will giving additional feedback.
During this event, we're going to cover...
Writing and developing strong melodic lines.
Balancing variety and cohesion in rhythm.
Harmony & Chords
Writing good harmony and dealing with tonality or atonality.
Using effective textures and writing idiomatically.
Ensuring well defined structure within a piece.
Live Q&A with Gareth to answer any question you have.
Hi, I’m Gareth and I'm passionate about developing ‘the all round musician’.
Nearly 35 years of music examining with ABRSM, work with the BBC on Radio and TV, experience on the international concert platform, as a published composer and arranger, have brought rich resources to the 40 years of teaching in which I've engaged.
Scholarships at The Royal College of Music, Oxford University and St. Paul’s Cathedral gave me fantastic opportunities to learn from the best musicians, scholars and teachers. Working as Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School then provided a wonderful opportunity to develop my teaching skills.
Teaching individuals and groups of all ages, and at all stages of development have refined a teaching approach that I hope is fun and engaging, and focused on explaining things clearly and logically. And that is what these courses are all about - understanding the basic principles with clarity, then going deeper, applying them to your musical life and liberating yourself as a musician.
It’s a rich and amazing journey, and I can’t wait for you to join me today!