Composing for the Piano
How to arrange a theme in different styles, discussing music composition techniques and tips when composing for the piano.
Learn how to arrange a theme and begin composing for the piano. This course will show you how to take a musical theme and create a piece in many different styles of music including Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century styles. Full of advice for composers wanting to write a pastiche type of piece, these videos explain key features of each style and provide varying approaches to harmony, rhythm, texture and thematic design. Sign up today and learn how to write for the piano!
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!
StartLesson 1 - Original Music Matters Theme (3:48)
PreviewLesson 2 - Classical Style (8:16)
StartLesson 3 - Late Romantic Style (5:33)
StartLesson 4 - Baroque Style (6:13)
StartLesson 5 - Waltz Style (6:36)
StartLesson 6 - Serial Style (8:07)
StartLesson 7 - Rumba Style (7:57)
StartLesson 8 - Calypso Style (6:15)