I'm Andrew Maxfield

An Award-Winning Composer and Your Instructor For This Course!

I’ve loved composing choral music since I was singing in my high school choirs, but let's just say I’ve learned a lot about my craft in the 20 years since then!

Writing choral music isn’t just for “composers with a capital C.” If you sing in a choir at church, school, in the community, or even professionally, chances are you’ve wanted to write or arrange something for the choir. Well, the difference between writing something that "kind of works" and something really elegant rests on your developing some core skills and learning a good compositional process.

In this course I’ll teach you my process using three pieces as in-depth examples: one piece was a recent Special Commendation in the King’s Singers New Music Prize, another was a private commission, and another was featured at the NCCO National Convention. We'll work from the earliest stages of choosing a text, through the maze and matrix of composing, through to a finished, polished piece. This creative process is my favorite kind of journey, and I hope you'll join me!
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What You'll Learn In This Course

Everything you need to take a text and turn it into a finished composition.

  • Choosing a text for your composition

  • A framework for turning that text into a composition

  • How to publish your finished work

Course Curriculum

What The Course Covers

  • 1

    Welcome & Intro

    • Welcome & Introduction

    • How To Use This Course

    • Download Your Course Materials

  • 2

    Module 1

    • Text First Composing

    • Voice, Color, and White Space

    • Assessing The Text, Asking for Permission, and Singing Things

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Analyzing The Text Of "The Door"

    • Analyzing The Text Of "The Singing Bowl"

    • Activity 1

  • 4

    Module 3

    • Form - Content & Containers

    • Creating A Narrative Map

    • Activity 2

  • 5

    Module 4

    • Audience, Purpose, and Resources

    • Activity 3

  • 6

    Module 5

    • Internalizing The Text

    • Activity 4

  • 7

    Module 6

  • 8

    Module 7

    • Composing "The Singing Bowl"

    • Composing "The Singing Bowl" Part 2

    • Activity 5

  • 9

    Conclusion & Next Steps

    • Your Turn! Go And Compose On Your Own

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Get instant access to all lessons and start your journey to composing a finished choral piece.