The Contemporary Music Course allows anyone, anywhere, to study music with a series of short, easy to follow on-line lessons that apply to every style of music.

For Independent Students

No prior knowledge of music is needed. All you need, is an internet connection, a keyboard and access to a printer, to print the worksheets included with some of the lessons.

Then you can print your answers and see where you did well, and how you may do better next time that you have to deal with a similar situation.

On completing the course, you will understand how the components of music fit together and be able to write and direct music.

Being able to write music means that you will be able to see what you wrote and remember why you wrote it. This is very handy when some fine musicians are looking at you while waiting for direction. It is a very scary situation but wonderfully rewarding when you know what you are doing.

The Contemporary Music Course was developed by New Zealand based musician and composer Clive Cockburn. It is based on his lifetime as a professional composer and brings his easy going approach to teaching music.

For Music Educators

Give the course to all of your teachers and all your students with a single annual Educators Subscription.

An important point of difference is that the eye and the ear are always working together which makes learning more efficient. Now, even students with literacy problems can learn by using a medium with which they have grown up.

The course will complement your lessons or students may be ‘self-directed’ so work at their own pace and mark their own work (answers to questions are provided). You may also like to use the ‘flipped classroom’ way of doing things.

For Independent Students

Are you an independent student who wants to learn music at your own pace?

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For Educators

Are you an educator with multiple students?
One low annual subscription covers all your students.

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A distinct advantage in the classroom, for me, is that fact that you present these ‘sessions’ in nice bite size chunks so that the teacher can easily discuss immediately afterwards.

Trevor Thwaites, PhD, MEd, Bmus, DipTchg

Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland