The Contemporary Music Course is a resource for Music Educators and a course for Independent Students. It 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 Music Educators

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An important point of difference is that the eye and the ear are always working together which makes learning more efficient and students with literacy problems can learn using a medium with which they are familiar.

Beginning as an easy-to-follow theory course, it moves sequentially through to advanced composing and arranging.

The Contemporary Music Course will complement your classroom lessons and works well in the 'flipped classroom'. Students may also be ‘self-directed’ Answers to assignments and exercises in the earlier modules are provided.

The tutor is an award winning professional composer and arranger of pop, orchestral, jazz or whatever music he was commissioned to write by film companies, advertising agencies or theatre producers that hired him.


For Independent Students

No prior knowledge of music is needed. All you need, is an internet connection, a music keyboard and be able to print the assignments and other material.

Then you can print your answers and see where you did well. Later in the course, you will be able to tell if your answer to an assignment is correct so answers are not always provided.

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 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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