Fall 2020 Composition

Fall 2020 Composition

This fall, local composers Peter Stopschinski and Graham Reynolds will teach the techniques of being a composer in the 21st-century. Create original music using contemporary music technology, learn theory behind the compositional process, and understand what it takes to turn an idea into a completed work of art. By the end of the semester students will have at least one completed piece that they have created, composed, recorded, and mixed! This class has technological elements as well as traditional music theory elements. 

Students will receive

  • 10 hours of group class instruction via Zoom (ACMC secure account)
  • Access to TWO internationally-acclaimed composers for any questions or help outside of the weekly sessions
  • FREE access to Chamber Connect: Fall Sessions Sept 26 to Nov 14 (links to be provided the week of each event)

Classes Offered

Option 1: Beginning Composition

  • No experience required! Be prepared to do some setup on your end to get your composition technology up and running. Free software (see below) is available so any additional expenses are 100% optional.
  • This class is open to middle/high school students that are new, or fairly new, to composing and/or composing technology/DAW.
  • Meets Saturdays via Zoom from 3:00-4:00 PM (CT).

Option 2: Intermediate/Advanced Composition

  • Think about what you want from this class, as the instructors can adapt to student interests and needs. Make the music you want to make!
  • This class is open to middle/high school students that have intermediate/advanced knowledge of composing and/or composing technology/DAW.
  • Meets Saturdays via Zoom from 4:15-5:15 PM (CT).

If you’re not sure which class to sign up for please contact Jeni Gossard before registering! Space is limited for each class.

Important Dates for Both Composition Classes

Fall Semester Dates September 19 – November 21, 2020
Beginning Composition class meets Saturdays | 3:00-4:00 PM (CT) | via Zoom
Intermediate/Advanced Composition class meets Saturdays | 4:15-5:15 PM (CT) | via Zoom
Registration Deadline Wednesday, September 16 (11 PM CT)
10 Session Dates from Sept 19 – Nov 21 September 19, 26 | October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | November 7, 14, 21


Class Requirements

Abide by all Zoom rules and expectations, listed HERE.

Make/reserve time to work on your compositions outside of class.

Have weekly access to a reliable computer, laptop or iPad, with access to a reliable internet connection. Make sure device used is charged BEFORE class begins.

Download free or purchased music DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software for creating and recording music. Some free and cheap options:

  • Bandlab (easy learning curve) — accessible on Chromebook
  • Reaper (robust but harder learning curve)
  • Garageband (easy learning curve)
  • Audacity (robust but harder learning curve)
  • Other options (higher priced): ProTools, Logic, Cubase, Albeton Live

Tuition Fees

Fall Semester:  Beginning Composition (10 sessions) $250
Fall Semester:  Intermediate/Advanced Composition (10 sessions) $250

Financial aid is available… please contact Jeni Gossard BEFORE registering!
No refunds will be offered after registration is completed.


Contact Jeni Gossard, Director of Education – jeni@austinchambermusic.org


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