How to compose a great melody

About this course

Not sure how to start writing a decent melody? Do you begin composing a tune but find that it lacks shape or direction? Then this course is for you.  I’ll show you how to easily create a good melody – and then how to make it great – with techniques I’ve used with pupils in the classroom.

This tutorial focuses on writing a tonal melody (i.e with a clear key).

Who is this course for?

GCSE students (or equivalent qualification: 14-16 year olds) 

Additional materials

If you’re a teacher looking for extra ideas and pupil worksheets download a free “Getting started with GCSE composition” e-book to complement this course.

Course summary

  • What makes a great melody
  • How to create a good melodic shape
  • How to make your melody memorable
  • How to use stepwise and triadic movement
  • Tips on how to add more interest to your melody
  • How to establish the key in your melody
  • How to take it to the next level by using chromatic notes and different melodic intervals

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2 hours



Course Instructor

Rachel Shapey Rachel Shapey Author

Unlimited Access for 12 months

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Access this course as many times as you like for the next 12 months for a single price.