The music courses on offer are as follows:

The courses each last for six weeks and are delivered by industry professionals such as two-time Grammy-nominated Julian Hepple and award-winning composer Barbara De Biasi. The courses are ideal for learning something completely new, exploring a hobby or passion, Continuing Professional Development, or just brushing up on existing skills. The deadline for bookings is 9am on Friday 14 January 2022 and spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.

Writing for an Orchestra Delivered in person. For everyone aged 18+.

This six-week in-person course will introduce participants to the fundamentals of orchestration and the pivotal role it can play in the communication of musical ideas, as participants explore questions such as how does the orchestra evoke the sounds of a storm in Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony and why does the bassoon play such a prominent role in Elgar’s Falstaff? Over the course of the sessions, participants will learn the fundamentals of orchestration, gaining an understanding of how to write idiomatically for the instruments of the orchestra, as well as an appreciation of the way that orchestral colour can be utilised to create atmosphere, drama and emotion.

The course is ideal for those with a minimum level of ABRSM Grade 5 Theory who are aspiring composers and musicians with a passion for orchestra, participants who would consider themselves to be beginner level composers. A basic understanding of music notation is required, but participants need not have had any prior experience in writing for orchestra. The course will be led by Peter Longworth who is a composer, teacher, music copyist, conductor and cinephile whose music has been performed internationally. As a professor on the Electronic Music course at Guildhall School of Music & Drama he teaches modules on Orchestration and Conducting.

Wednesday evenings, 19, 26 January, 02, 09, 16 and 23 February 2022
7pm-9pm, GMT

Film Music Composition for Beginners Delivered online. For everyone aged 18+  

This six-week online course will equip participants with an understanding of how to write music for film. Participants can expect to analyse scenes from different films and explore how a particular genre of music complements a film visual. The topics addressed will include orchestration, composing with instrument sample libraries in Logic Pro and the composition of original music to a given clip. This course is ideal for anyone aged 18 or over who has a passion for cinema and film music. No prior experience of film music composition is necessary but a basic understanding of Logic Pro is needed. Participants will learn how to spot a scene, what kind of music complements a particular scene, how to use instrumental sample libraries in Logic Pro and how to write music for a given clip. Participants will also have a 15 minute 1-to-1 session with the course tutor outside of the course time.

This course has been developed and will be led by Barbara De Biasi, Professor of Film Music in the Electronic Music Department at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She has been teaching film music composition and keyboard skills at Guildhall since 2018. Barbara has worked with many film directors based in cities across the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Rome, Madrid, Singapore, Milan. She has written the music for three feature films, four feature length documentaries and 70 short films. Her films have been selected at Fantasia Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Big Apple Film Festival, Soho International Film Festival amongst others.

Tuesday evenings, 18, 25 January, 1, 8, 15, 22 February 2022
7.15-8.45pm, GMT (UTC+/-0)

Introduction to Game Audio Delivered online. For everyone aged 18+

This six-week online course will introduce participants to all the major aspects of game audio through fun and practical tasks, which are centred around real game projects in Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). Working in a team of up to four people, each task will challenge participants’ skills in a different area. Participants will create an original game prototype, compose interactive music, record and design gameplay SFX, write simple code, and implement all assets in a portfolio of five different game projects. This course is ideal for Game audio enthusiasts with a passion for games, music and/or sound design, and some experience of using music production software.

The course will be led by Marios Aristopoulos. Marios leads the Game Audio pathway in the Electronic & Produced Music department at Guildhall School since 2016. He holds a PhD in game composition and is an active composer and sound designer with a wide range of international credits.  His music for the videogame APOTHEON won multiple honours, including a placement in the top 10 PS4 soundtracks of the year and a performance in the ceremony of the Special Olympics 2019. 

Tuesdays evenings 18, 25 January, 1, 8, 15 and 22 February 2022
6.30-8.30pm, GMT (UTC+/-0)

Music Production in Logic Pro: Beginner Course Delivered online. For everyone aged 18+

This six-week online course will cover the key techniques of digital music production, from audio and MIDI editing to recording, sound synthesis, and audio FX. This course aims to develop the core foundation of skills and techniques needed to realise participants’ creative ideas via a combination of live demonstrations, lectures and supervised practical work covering the main areas of music production. The course is ideal for aspiring songwriters, composers or producers, and is recommended for Logic Pro beginners.

The course will be led by Guildhall graduate and Electronic Music teacher Seth Scott-Deuchar. Seth is a composer and sound designer who produces music for a variety of media including film, theatre and dance. He studied Electronic Music at Guildhall, followed by Composition at the University of Manchester where he specialised in electroacoustic music and interactive media. 

Wednesday evenings, 19, 26 January, 02, 09, 16, 23 February 2022
6:30-8pm, GMT (UTC+/-0)

There will be an optional 15-minute Q&A at the end of each session.

Sound Engineering for Musicians 
Delivered online. For everyone aged 18+.

This six-week online course, led by two-time Grammy nominated Julian Hepple, Head of Recording at Guildhall School, will help musicians of all kinds to develop their technical skills through live sessions and pre-recorded content shared outside of class time. The course will cover setting up a recording space, microphone choices & techniques, editing tips, plugins & mixing techniques and sync’ing to picture. This course is ideal for any musician or music producer looking to improve their demos, set up online sessions or improve their techniques.

The course will be led by Guildhall School’s Head of Recording Julian Hepple, a two-time Grammy-nominated Producer/Engineer who has worked with artists including Prince, Anoushka Shankar, Keith Jarrett, Robert Glasper, One Direction & The London Symphony Orchestra.

Tuesday evenings, 18, 25 January, 01, 08, 15, 22 February 2022
6:30-7:45pm, GMT (UTC+/-0)