How to compose Heroic Film Music

About this course

Have you ever been watching a superhero film and find yourself humming the theme tune for days afterwards?

Do you wish that you could compose a fantastic film score?

In this course I’ll show you how to write a strong heroic theme with impact, develop and orchestrate it.  We’ll listen to some iconic scores, explore the defining features of heroic music and get practical with composing some great music.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the tricks of the trade for composing a piece of heroic film music.

It is ideal for GCSE (and equivalent qualifications) students but would also suit younger students with musical experience and older students wanting a detailed starting point.  

To get the most out of this course it is recommended that you can read staff notation (treble clef).  Bass clef would also be helpful but no essential.

Do I need specific software?

No you don’t need specific software to use this course.  Whether you’re using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), notation software programme or pencil and manuscript paper, this course will take you through what you need to know.  I’ll compose alongside you so that you can see how a piece of music is put together.  You can choose to follow the model closely or take the ideas in your own direction.

Course summary

In this course you will:

  • Explore the features of heroic film music
  • Listen to examples of heroic film scores
  • Compose a heroic leitmotif
  • Develop your theme
  • Add chords to your theme
  • Explore inversions and more advanced chords
  • Create an effective accompaniment
  • Discover how to write for different instruments
  • Modify your theme for different scenarios

Course Information

Difficulty: GCSE

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Course Instructor

Rachel Shapey Rachel Shapey Author

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