50 Exercises for Music Educators, Students and Music Professionals Want to write music? Want to teach your students how to write music?

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Source: COMPOSER BOOT CAMP – Sabrina Pena Young


Composer Boot Camp is a series of 50 exercises for educators and beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians who want to develop their skills in composition.

Composer Boot Camp will be available through Amazon and other retailers in hardback and kindle editions spring 2016. Stay tuned for more information.

The Composer Boot Camp 101 workbook is designed to help educators, students, and seasoned professionals to hone their compositional craft. There are a series of exercises, helpful tips, resources, and more to help the musician prepare a solid foundation in music composition developed by award-winning composer and music educator Sabrina Pena Young.

Exercises are divided into four sections:

Appropriate for young students, adult learners, and those who do not yet read music.

Appropriate for high school students, music educators, college students, and musicians who want to learn how to write music.

For advanced college students, composers, music educators, and musicians with a strong grasp of music theory and performance who want to continue to excel in the craft of composition.

Exercises for Intermediate to Advanced musicians who want to incorporate technology with their songcraft.

There are exercises on many aspects of composition, from songwriting and lyrics to rhythm and melody. An additional section has been added that addresses technology, as well as the essay “On Writing for Multimedia”.

The Main Subjects covered in this exercise workbook are:

  • INSPIRATION – Learn how to kickstart a musical idea
  • MELODY – Focus on developing melody
  • RHYTHM – Exercise rhythmic skill
  • HARMONY – Explore harmonic improvisation and tonal harmony
  • ORCHESTRATION – Write for instrumental and vocal ensembles

“Unlike a complex method book, this book focuses on practical exercises that I have used myself as a composer or when instructing students. Educators will find a wide expanse of exercises here focuses on inspiration, melody, rhythm orchestration, and harmony. Students and professional composers will find exercises that will hone their musical skills and help them soar to the next level.” – S Young

An extra section on Technology brings composition to the 21st century and covers basic exercises for advanced students, educators, and composers to practice to develop composing to multimedia. These are key skills for any musician hoping to be marketable.

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