Write the Music You've Always Heard in your Head.

Discover a step by step program that will teach you everything you need to know to compose, produce, orchestrate, mix, and master professional sounding music from your studio, using the tools you already have. 

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Composing beautiful music is the purest form of self expression.

 

Ever since I caught the bug for songwriting at the age of 16, I knew that I wanted to write my own music for the rest of my life. 

Sure, playing classical piano, studying music theory, and listening to my favourite soundtracks were all rewarding, but I wanted to contribute my own original ideas into the world and be proud of them. 

The only problem was, I had no idea how to get started writing and producing music virtually.

At the time, I had my laptop, a small MIDI controller, and a microphone, but I was unsure about what else I really needed to complete my setup, develop a workflow, and consistently produce quality music. 

After producing my first few (embarrassing) songs, I realized something:

Musicians with lower budgets had to find a way to produce professional, high quality sounding tracks and arrangements without breaking the bank.

And that's what sparked my journey into the world of virtual orchestration.

I spent months researching gear, workflow, and sample libraries.

 

The world of music technology can be so easily overwhelming. There are just so many companies and developers vying for our hard-earned cash, and everywhere you turn, someone is telling you that you need this new shiny toy, or this quick workflow tip.

The funny thing is, I fell into this trap. During my first year and a half of music making, I purchased over $20,000 worth of sample libraries, hardware, and software. Seriously. 

What I didn't realize was that it's all about HOW you use those tools and equipment to create beautiful-sounding music. 

Once I understood this concept, my compositions and arrangements improved dramatically. 

I was no longer afraid of my music sounding subpar compared to professionally released tracks, and was confident enough to begin sharing how I was able to achieve quality arrangements and mixes with my friends, colleagues, and music students.

As I've started, built, and continued to share on my YouTube channel, my underlying belief and vision has remained the same:

Every composer needs a streamlined workflow with minimal equipment.

 

The problem is, with so much information available online, it's all too easy to become overwhelmed and distracted, when we really should be writing music using the libraries and tools we already have. 

We should be easily able to:

  • Think of ideas quickly
  • Flesh them out into a completed piece
  • Write or play the piece into our DAW
  • Arrange and orchestrate our music to a high-quality result 
  • Mix and master our tracks to be ready to share with the world 

This is the real issue. While anyone can find any information they want online for free, what most people DON'T have access to is a complete step-by-step system that guides them through exactly what they need to know in order to create compelling, beautiful, and thematic orchestral music. 

I've taken everything I know and learned over the past 5-6 years and distilled it into an actionable, practical, and easy-to-follow system that will allow you to confidently compose, produce, arrange, and mix your orchestral mockups. 

Introducing...

 An all-comprehensive, turn key system for composing, orchestrating, and mixing your cinematic orchestral music, no matter your skill level or experience.

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"Cinematic Music Creation is a wonderful “down to earth” course that provides the training, tools, and encouragement to allow creative minds the opportunity to nurture and develop their compositional interests and skills within the genre of cinematic music. Christopher’s easy going style, methodology, enthusiasm, clear examples and explanations all bear testimony to his superb teaching skills!

His lessons are wonderfully inspiring, engaging, and encouraging. He has unlocked a level of creativity within me that I didn’t realize existed! As a result, I have been surprising my old mentor from graduate school (who is presently on the music faculty at Yale as a visiting professor) with my homework - and he is interested in taking this course as well!

Bravo Christopher!"

- Michael H. (student)

Cinematic Music Creation is designed to help you:

 

Write Music Quickly & Efficiently

Compose the music you were meant to compose without the hurdles and frustrations.

 

Produce Realistic Mockups

Learn the basics of virtual orchestration, and key techniques for a realistic and convincing result.

 

Understand & Apply Music Theory

No mumbo jumbo or fluff. Simple music theory concepts for fun and inspiring writing sessions.

 

Mix & Master Your Music

Discover my step-by-step process on turning my raw tracks into a polished, final master.

 

Realize Your Creative Potential

Streamline your workflow so that you can write the music you've always wanted to write. 

 

Cinematic Music Creation is structured into 9 modules:

 
 
Module 0 (NEW FOR 2021) – Your Roadmap
 
·      How I've designed the course to be digested, one module at a time
·      The importance of developing newer skills on top of existing ones, creating a multiplicative effect in our workflow
·      An overview of each course module for absolute clarity and direction
 
 
Module 1 – Your Mindset
 
·      The #1 habit that prevents 90% of people from taking action 
·      Practical steps to increase productivity in the studio 
·      How to overcome the dreaded ‘Writer’s Block’ and be inspired whenever you sit down to write
·      How to remain positive and encouraged, even when you really don’t feel like it
 

Module 2 – What You Need
 
·      My EXACT recommendations for affordable hardware & software 
·      My recommended sample libraries for composing orchestral music (arranged by price)
·      Comparing popular sample players, and their pros/cons 
·      Why you don’t need expensive software for good results 
 

Module 3 – Music Theory 
 
·      The easy way to construct chords from your scales, and how to apply them to chord progressions 
·      The circle of fifths made easy, and 2 insanely easy shortcuts to know exactly how many sharps or flats your key contains 
·      5 ways you can instantly make your chord progressions more interesting 
·      Everything you need to know about voice leading and counterpoint 
 

Module 4 – Principles of Orchestration 
 
·      How the harmonic series will immediately change your perspective on orchestration and arrangement in general
·      The strengths and weaknesses of each orchestral section, and underlying characteristics that allow them to stand on their own
·      A surprisingly simple way to think about instrument pairings & doublings
·      5 things you need to know to think like an orchestrator  
 

Module 5 Composition and Idea Development
 
·      My 2 core philosophies that make composing a breeze
·      How to expand upon your melody, even when you feel stuck 
·      How John Williams creates a compelling bridge in Star Wars and ET
·      A real-time live composition that uncovers my melodic/harmonic/structural thought process
 

Module 6Arrangement and Orchestration 
 
·      An extremely simple method to building an effective orchestral template
·      How I voice strings, woodwinds, and brass in real time 
·      The best instruments for swirling passages and flourishes, and how to use them
·      What you need to understand about balance, and how to identify the problem frequency areas 
 

Module 7 – Mixing and Mastering
 
·      My step-by-step method for clean and cohesive mixes
·      The one mixing secret that will get you 80% of the way to a finished mix 
·      Top-down mixing: how to get better results in less time
·      My quick and easy mastering process that raises your track to a commercial level 


Module 8 Releasing Your Music
 
·      The one question you need to ask before you put your music out into the world
·      My personal recommendation for the best platform to release your music on for maximum accessibility 
·      The tools I use to create beautiful thumbnails and graphics  
·      Tips on choosing a picture to accompany your music for a moving listening experience 
 
 
Module 9 (NEW FOR 2021) – Personal Branding 
 
·      The importance of building an online presence in today's musical climate
·      The one key concept that drives all of business and creates long term trust and credibility  
·      How to build an engaged audience by showing up and sharing what you have to offer  
·      A case study on how consistency and an output of high quality can bleed into other areas of life and build discipline and routine

Homework and next steps included!

 

All of the content is presented through video format for the best learning experience. In addition, you'll also be provided with a written summary of each topic below the corresponding video. 

Throughout the course, I've laid out 'next steps', so you can follow along with me, step-by-step, and ensure that you're progressing without any hiccups! 

Sample library discounts from your favourite developers!

 

As composers and musicians working on the computer, sample libraries are at the core of our toolset in our everyday work.

When you join Cinematic Music Creation, you'll have access to exclusive discounts of up to 50% on libraries from Cinesamples, Cinematic Studio Series, Heavyocity, Strezov Sampling, and EastWest!

As a seasoned composer, arranger and orchestrator, it's a pleasure taking Christopher's course Cinematic Music Creation. Covering a wide variety of important facets of the music creation process, there is an enormous amount of fantastic information built into this course.

Presented in a gentle, easy-going style, one can grasp and understand the material presented quickly as a result. From the beginner, to the novice, hobbyist, semi-pro and even the pro; this course is highly recommended for anyone who desires to learn, or even re-learn, the many aspects of music creation.

- Phillip A. (award-winning composer, conductor, & producer) 

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In addition to the course material, you will have immediate access to the Cinematic Music Creation Facebook group, where I'll be active and encourage you along your path. It's a safe community for you to share your music, progress, and ask any questions you may have along the way! 

Cinematic Music Creation is for you if:

  • You want to learn a complete step-by-step method to composing, producing, orchestrating, and mixing/mastering your own music from start to finish.
  • You're motivated and willing to put in the work needed to see results.
  • You're tired of courses that only present one aspect of the music-making process and hold back from others.
  • You want to make the music you hear in your head using the tools you already own!

 

This is NOT for you if:

  • You expect results without putting in the effort and the time. I can't promise you anything if you don't put your best foot forward.
  • You're looking for a sound-design based course. This program only covers orchestral-based material. 

So how much does Cinematic Music Creation cost?

 

Now, I hope you can see how useful and powerful it is to have this information all in one place. But the obvious question is: “How much will this program cost me?”

Well, if you wanted to study music at a college or university, a course on theory or orchestration could cost you upwards of $4,000 for a single semester. Heck, I attended a summer songwriting workshop a few years ago at the Berklee College of Music. It was a week-long program, but guess how much that cost me, after all expenses were paid? Right around $3,000! Now, that’s quite expensive, and I wouldn’t want you to pay that much for a single course. 
 
There are other online courses out there as well that teach similar material, but many of them are focused on only one area of the music making process, and can cost up to $1,000 each. But you’re not going to pay $1,000.

Listen, I want to deliver you a rock-solid course that takes you through the entire process, step-by-step, taking out all the guesswork, and delivering as much value to you as I can. So when you sign up today, you’ll receive instant access to the entire ‘Cinematic Music Creation’ program for just one easy payment of $497! 

Join Cinematic Music Creation today!

Click the button to get instant access for just one payment of $497!

 

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Don't forget...it's 100% risk free.

 

I’ve packed a lot into Cinematic Music Creation because not only do I want you to create the music that I know you can make, but I want to guarantee that you don’t fail.

And to make it a no-brainer deal for you I’m giving you a 60 day 100% money-back guarantee with your purchase of Cinematic Music Creation today.

That’s right: Go through the course, check out the bonuses, follow the steps, put in the work, and if you don’t love it in the first 60 days of your purchase, send me an email and I’ll refund you immediately. No questions asked, no hard feelings.

If Cinematic Music Creation doesn’t work for you, I’d much prefer for you to take your money and invest it where you will be happier and get results. I just want you to unlock your composing and arranging potential!

 

Also, if you join today, you'll receive some incredible bonuses: 

 

Bonus 1 - Making Money In Music: How to earn an income from doing what you love 

 
You may have the skills, talent, and drive to make the music you have inside you, but without a way to monetize your skills, it can be deflating to see no return on your hard work. 

In this video you’ll learn:
 
·      My 4 rock-solid methods to earning money from your skills
·      What you need to do to ensure your clients will come back for more  
·      Why content marketing is the best way to earn passive income, and will continue to be in the future 

Bonus 2 - Writing Music In Different Styles: Becoming a Versatile Composer

 
Most of us specialize in writing one particular style of music. And while I do encourage you to develop your own voice in a certain style, you should also have the ability to write in other common styles. 
 
In this training you’ll discover:
 
·      How to achieve memorability and a sense of fulfillment in your fantasy/adventure scores 
·      Some common articulations and instrumentation for suspense & horror
·      The building blocks of action-style music, and some percussion sample libraries to achieve that sound

Bonus 3 - Self Assessment: How do you know if your music is actually any good? 

 
We work on our music for long periods of time, and eventually start to question our own decisions, wondering if what we’re doing is benefitting the final product. You might be asking yourself, ‘Am I really making the right decisions for my piece?’
 
In this bonus video we’ll discuss:
 
·      How to critically analyze your favourite scores to learn the most from them
·      A foolproof method for knowing exactly what you need to do to improve your piece in specific ways
·      Leading questions you should ask yourself for maximum objectivity 

Bonus 4 - Writing From a Voice Memo: Composing an uplifting piece in Logic Pro X (video series)

 
How do you actually write from a voice recording? We have our devices on hand to record our spontaneous ideas, but once we import the audio into our DAW, what's next?

In this special video I'll walk you though:
 
·      How I write a chord progression from an existing melody
·      What you need to capture inside of your voice memo for maximum productivity when you sit down to write
·      Common harmonic devices behind adventure scores    

Bonus 5 - A Custom Track Review From Me 

 
Even if you follow all the material in Cinematic Music Creation as closely as possible, there's nothing more helpful than being able to coach you directly.

Whenever you're ready, just send me any track you're working on, and I'll give you feedback on anything what comes to mind. Whether that be about the composition itself, the production, arranging, orchestration, or the mix, I'll record a custom video for you outlining exactly what I think you need to do to take your track to the next level!

I typically charge a premium for this service, but this is included in your copy of Cinematic Music Creation, absolutely free!  

Some common questions:

 

How long will I have access to the course for?

It's yours for life! Even as I continue to update the material and refine the material even further, you will receive every single update, absolutely free.


How much time should I invest into the program to see results?

This answer depends on where you are in your journey, and where you feel you're lacking. If you can identify the problem areas and deliberately apply the action steps I've provided, you should begin seeing results on the same day or the next day.


Can I access the course on any device?

Seeing as this course is based online, you can absolutely access this course on any device, as long as you have a stable internet connection. You also have the extra PDF's and word documents that you can download at any time.


How much money do I need to invest in equipment?

That's a great question. With technology being increasingly accessible, you can get started for as little as $300-$500 (to cover hardware/software). Again, there are wonderful free orchestral libraries out there than can get you up and running. If you already have a computer, midi controller, and a monitoring system, you can get started for absolutely nothing! :D


Does this course cover film scoring or piano playing techniques?

While this course does not directly tackle film scoring techniques, it will certainly provide you with the production/orchestration/mockup knowledge to work quickly and efficiently on any projects you may have. In terms of piano skills, I use a 88-key MIDI controller (Arturia Keylab 88) to demonstrate many of the concepts, but this is beyond the scope of this course.


Is it too late to learn how to produce and orchestrate? Am I too late?

Absolutely not! I'm a strong believer that age has nothing to do with one's ability to learn or apply musical skills. I always compare it to tennis - it's a wonderful sport for any age. 

“Before starting this course, I had a really bad habit of thinking of strings as a singular ‘sound’. I always played and arranged them like a piano player, and never really thought about each instrument’s individual function and how they should behave independently from the other parts.

Cinematic Music Creation really is start to finish. From learning the basics of theory and the mindset of a composer, to being able to deliver a fully fleshed out arrangement ready for release, this course has you covered. Highly recommended to anyone looking to learn orchestral composition in a really intuitive way!”

-
Clay A. (vocalist, producer)

So here's what you'll receive when you join Cinematic Music Creation today:

  • All 9 core modules of the Cinematic Music Creation program with nearly 20 hours of step-by-step training 
  • Illustrated guides and PDF worksheets to study from and reinforce what you learn
  • Sample library discounts from your favourite developers
  • BONUS: Making Money on Music training 
  • BONUS: Writing Music in Different Styles training 
  • BONUS: Self Assessment training 
  • BONUS: Writing from a Voice Memo mini-series 
  • BONUS: Custom Track Review 

Get access to Cinematic Music Creation today for only one payment of $497

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Don't want the bonuses?

 

Now - if for some reason you don’t want the platinum bonuses I'd like to offer you a basic version of the course.

You still get all 9 core modules of the Cinematic Music Creation program plus the cheat sheets and PDF guides.

However, you won’t get the bonus videos on Making Money in Music, Self-Assessment, and Writing in Different Styles, as well as the customized track feedback video from me. In addition, the sample library discounts only apply for the Platinum version of the course.

  • All 9 core modules of the Cinematic Music Creation program with nearly 20 hours of step-by-step training 
  • Illustrated guides and PDF worksheets to study from and reinforce what you learn
  • Sample library discounts from some of your favourite developers
  • BONUS: Making Money on Music training
  • BONUS: Writing Music in Different Styles training
  • BONUS: Self Assessment training
  • BONUS: Writing from a Voice Memo mini-series
  • BONUS: Custom Track Review 

You can get the basic version of Cinematic Music Creation for just one payment of $397.

The choice is yours...

Pick whichever version of the course is right for you!

BASIC

$397

  • All 9 core modules of Cinematic Music Creation with nearly 20 hours of step-by-step training 
  • Illustrated guides and PDF worksheets to study from and reinforce what you learn 
  • BONUS: Making Money on Music training
  • BONUS: Writing Music in Different Styles training
  • BONUS: Self Assessment training
  • BONUS: Writing from a Voice Memo mini-series
  • BONUS: Custom Track Review
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PLATINUM

$497

BEST VALUE

  • All 9 core modules of the Cinematic Music Creation program with nearly 20 hours of step-by-step training
  • Illustrated guides and PDF worksheets to study from and reinforce what you learn
  • Sample library discounts from some of your favourite developers
  • BONUS: Making Money on Music training
  • BONUS: Writing Music in Different Styles training
  • BONUS: Self Assessment training
  • BONUS: Writing from a Voice Memo mini-series
  • BONUS: Custom Track Review
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There are 2 types of people.

 

Some composers dread having to write another piece of music, with the fear that they'll become stuck, become overwhelmed by the technology or run out of ideas.

Others have a proven workflow that allows them to compose and create without restrictions, with a complete command over their tools, knowledge, and abilities.

Which is more appealing to you?

Right now, many of us feel stuck and helpless when it comes to deciding on the best tools for composing, a lack of music theory knowledge, and a fragmented understanding of how the orchestra really works and sounds.

As a result, we become unmotivated, leaving ourselves with hundreds of unfinished ideas that sit on our hard drives and never see the light of day.

We start to worry about what we're doing with our lives, if this music-making thing is really worth it, and if we're cut out for it.

What if we grow old without having written a piece of music that we can be proud of? For me, that's an absolutely frightening thought. 

But it absolutely doesn’t have to be this way!

If you truly dedicate your time and equip yourself with the resources to improve your composition and arranging skills for good, you'll be so proud knowing that you CAN write and produce the music that you were meant to create.

Imagine a year from today...

 

I’d like to ask you: what would it do for you to know exactly what you need to get started, equip yourself with the fundamentals of music theory, composition, & orchestration, and a foolproof method to mix & master your piece without any hassle? 

What would it mean for you to create music that you’re proud to show to the world, and build up your portfolio with rock-solid pieces to show potential clients? How much of a difference would that make in your life 3 months from now, 6 months from now, a year from now? Would it be worth it to you? 

That's what I want for you. And that's exactly what I show you how do inside Cinematic Music Creation! 

You can do this. Join me today and let me show you how to write the best music I know you can make.

See you on the inside!

The choice is yours...

Pick whichever version of the course is right for you!

BASIC

$397

  • All 9 core modules of Cinematic Music Creation with nearly 20 hours of step-by-step training
  • Illustrated guides and PDF worksheets to study from and reinforce what you learn
  • BONUS: Making Money on Music training
  • BONUS: Writing Music in Different Styles training
  • BONUS: Self Assessment training
  • BONUS: Writing from a Voice Memo mini-series
  • BONUS: Custom Track Review
ADD TO CART

PLATINUM

$497

BEST VALUE

  • All 9 core modules of the Cinematic Music Creation program with nearly 20 hours of step-by-step training
  • Illustrated guides and PDF worksheets to study from and reinforce what you learn
  • Sample library discounts from some of your favourite developers 
  • BONUS: Making Money on Music training
  • BONUS: Writing Music in Different Styles training
  • BONUS: Self Assessment training
  • BONUS: Writing from a Voice Memo mini-series
  • BONUS: Custom Track Review
ADD TO CART