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Music Composition (Online)

Take your music to the next level

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Overview

This online course is a practical and hands-on way to learn music composition. This course will give you the vital skills required to create unique and cutting-edge tracks. You’ll learn how to add hooks, riffs, chords, basslines, melodies, and develop your arrangements to create crisp, perfected tracks. Your expert instructors will help you learn these skills as well as break down and analyze massive tracks from the likes of Avicii, Skrillex, Deadmau5, and more.


Your online learning experience is supported by our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as live personalized 1-2-1 sessions with your expert instructors. You’ll also gain access to a multitude of downloadable project examples, free online masterclasses, networking opportunities, and more. If you've completed a program at Point Blank, you gain exclusive discounts and academic credit towards a range of other programs with us.

Enroll now in our Music Composition course today, or contact us to chat with one of our college Admissions Advisors who can help you further your studies with Point Blank.

Key Info

Duration 3 Months
Available start dates 2024 2025
  • July 8
  • September 30
  • January 13
  • April 14
  • July 7
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Your Online Learning Experience

As part of your course you will get access to a range of Exclusive Online Learning Features to help you in your studies. We've enhanced our exclusive 1-2-1 sessions in order to provide you with individual time to speak to your instructors and share your projects so you can get advice and guidance on specific areas of your assignments. You’ll get advice on your class exercises and course materials as well as academic assistance and career/industry tips. You'll be able to ask any questions you want! You'll also benefit from our proprietary Virtual Learning Environment, which allows you to connect with the global Point Blank community and study online at the time and place that suits you.

Learn more about our private 1-2-1 tutorials with instructors via Zoom

Learn music production from the comfort of your own home with our online programs

Take a tour of our Online Programs with our Admissions Advisor Luc Bennette, as he covers some key questions about studying online

Expert Instructors

Arabian Prince Music Business

A founding member of world famous rap group N.W.A, Arabian Prince has written, rapped on, and produced some of the most influential tracks in the history of hip hop in an industry career spanning almost four decades.

Sweatson Klank Music Production & Mixing

Flying Lotus remixer and Project Mooncircle stalwart Tom Wilson passes his knowledge on to you as a frontline member of Point Blank LA. Watch the video above to find out more about him.

Markman Composition & Mixing

DJ Markman incorporates classic 90s House with futuristic R&B, UK Garage & Bassline. Ableton Certified, his live sets pay homage to the energy that made his heroes sets, artists like Adamski, Orbital and the Chems, so compelling.

Mecha Music Production & DJing

An Ableton Certified Trainer and Pioneer DJ Battle Championship winner, Mecha (Mikhail Arce-Ignacio) is a versatile producer, engineer, music director, DJ and live electronic performer.

DJ Morsecode DJing

Nathaniel Morse was the winner of Redbull's first United States "3style" DJ battle in LA. He was awarded “Best DJ in LA” and then “Best DJ in America” by the Sun Times in 2014 & 2015 respectively.

dela Moon DJing

An organizer of the Moontribe Collective, dela Moon’s full-bodied drum & bass and halftime is a signature of the LA underground. She's played EDC, Boom, Rainbow Serpent, and is a DJ Mag “Emerging Artist You Need To Hear.”

DJ ShanLynn DJing

DJ ShanLynn is a DJ, VJ, and producer who mixes old school, pop, hip-hop, nu-disco, electronica, remixes, and mash-ups in her open-format sets. Her clients include Macy’s, ABC, Aveda, UMG, Forever 21, Loreal, Mercedes Benz, etc.

David Harrow Music Production & Sound Design

Starting out in the '80s, Dave's incredible adventures include Lee Scratch Perry, Psychic TV, Anne Clark, ONU Sound System, Andy Weatherall, Billy Ray Martin, and countless other albums and live projects.

George Wiederkehr Composition & Mixing

Owner of Mosaic Music, George has a master's degree in Music Theory & Recording and has produced countless artists including Jazmarae, Johanna Chase, Jerett Samples, Fuzz Mutt, Seanote, Soltree, and more.

Sameer Sengupta Mixing & Mastering

Sameer is an electronic music producer, mixer & mastering engineer who has worked with The Crystal Method, Smashing Pumpkins, Tori Amos, Sting, and more on labels including EMI, Atlantic, Universal, and Defected.

Grant Cornish Composing for Film & TV

An award-winning composer-producer, Grant's mix of "That's Christmas to Me" by Pentatonix has over 25 million Spotify plays. He's worked with Amazon & Sesame Studios and on platinum albums and Emmy-nominated TV shows.

Paris Minzer Mastering

Owner of Frogtown Sound, Paris is Point Blank LA's resident mastering engineer. He has mastered music by a slew of LA artists, including Polartropica, Minzy, Street Joy, and Molly Moore's new hit track "Zero Sum Game."

Carol de Leon Singing

Grammy Award winner Carol de Leon has bachelor's and master's degrees in voice performance from UC Riverside and CSU Northridge and deep experience as a recording artist, choir director, and singing instructor.

Albert Law Music Production & Composition

A producer and film composer who attended UCLA, Columbia, & Juilliard, Albert has performed on NBC’s The Voice and KROQ’s OC Music Awards and at venues including Disney Hall, The Broad Stage, Royce Hall, and Catalina's.

Marko DeSantis Music Business

Guitarist for Sugarcult, Nerf Herder, & The Ataris. Opened for Green Day, Blink 182, Black Flag, etc. International DJ, label owner, and radio host for The Independent FM on iHeartRadio. 

Career Opportunities

  • Singer/Songwriter 
  • Solo Artist 
  • Music Performer 
  • Vocal Producer
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Lead Vocalist
  • Backup Vocalist
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Music Arranger
  • Voice Teacher
  • Radio Personality
  • Top 40 Singer
  • Musical Theatre
  • Music Producer
  • Music Director

I can recommend the Music Composition course, which I took myself. It taught me the basics of music theory. - Andre Crom in XLR8R

Global Alumni

Madam X

DJ, label head, club impresario. Mixing grime, techno, bass, garage, Madam X is adept at playing huge crowds or 100-cap basements. Hosts shows on Radio 1, Rinse & NTS. She is multi-faceted and unique.

Pete Tong

Godfather of Dance Music and long-time friend of Point Blank Pete Tong, founder of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix and worldwide DJ superstar, learned Native Instruments Maschine with the team here in London.

Goldie

We taught Goldie something he didn't know already - Ableton Live! The legend drops in from time to time & recently invited PB students to a VIP drum recording session at Assault & Battery studios.

Claude VonStroke

Dirtybird boss Claude says: "I took a class with Point Blank in Ableton Live. It was awesome learning bass production!" The bass don was recently voted the No.1 DJ in USA! Watch him review PB above.

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.

Leona Lewis

Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."

Patrick Topping

'The World's Biggest Tech House Producer!' Secured three Beatport #1s: ‘Get Beasty’, ‘Forget’ & ‘Voicemail’. Also owns two DJ Awards & DJ Mag’s ‘Best Tune’. Championed by Pete Tong & Annie Mac.

Arjun

With 1,500,000 Facebook followers, Sri-Lankan born Arjun is a South Asian pop superstar. His single ‘I’ll Be Waiting” charted at #1 on iTunes India and spent 30 weeks on the BBC Asian Download Chart.

Spoony

Spoony is a legend in UK dance music having brought garage to the masses in 2000 as part of the Dreem Team. He's since gone on to become a staple on Five Live but proved he's always learning by enrolling at PB!

Tuition

Fees Saving over monthly installments
$945 payment in full $170
$50 reg fee + balance of $965 $100
$50 reg fee + $355 per month
Monthly installment plans are subject to a nominal fee already included in the price above. See details during the enrollment process.

If you pay tuition in full upon enrollment, you save up to 20% over installment plans. See the enrollment process for more details.

Discounts

Point Blank students enjoy a range of exclusive discounts including but not limited to:

  • 50% off Ableton Live 12 Suite
  • 50% off MSRP on NI Komplete 14 or Komplete 14 Ultimate
  • Discount on Pioneer DJ equipment
  • 70% off Eventide Plugins
  • 40% off Serato DJ
  • 35% off selected Waves bundles
  • 55% off Roland Cloud Ultimate

FAQs

How do the online courses work?

Studying online with Point Blank is a completely unique experience and unlike any other online program. You are personally guided by an expert industry professional instructor and provided with regular opportunities to discuss and submit your work to get valuable feedback and analysis on your music:

  • Masterclasses: Live two-hour group sessions once a week for 10 weeks in each course, where the whole class is online with the instructor, recorded for you to watch back. Delivered from the US from 5:30pm-7:30pm PST on a weeknight.
  • 1-2-1 Sessions: Live 1-2-1 tutorial sessions (30 minutes each) between you and your expert instructor every two weeks, which you can record yourself on request. Plus, additional opportunities to meet in 1-2-1 sessions with a range of specialist instructors. You will need at attend at least three out of the five 1-2-1 sessions offered and submit the final assignment(s) for a passing grade in order to pass each course and complete your program. 
  • All live interaction is recordable for you to revisit at your leisure along, with hours of pre-recorded video and a wealth of written content and downloadable resources.

What materials do I get with this course?

  • Over 10 hours of high-quality videos
  • 10 Live Group Masterclasses
  • 5 Live 1-2-1 Tutorial Sessions
  • Comprehensive, well-written course notes
  • 24/7 access to our Forum
  • Exclusive audio resources: downloadable projects, channel strips, custom plug-ins, samples, acapellas, and more
  • 2 years of access to our Virtual Learning Environment
  • The opportunity to submit your tracks to our record label, Point Blank Recordings, distributed by Beatport, iTunes, Juno Download, and Amazon

What are the admission requirements?

Admission into any college-level program at Point Blank requires that the prospective student:

  • Be 18 years of age or older (under age 18 may be accepted only with signed parental consent)
  • Possess a High School Diploma or the Equivalent (or pass an approved Ability-to-Benefit Test)
  • Be provided a current Point Blank Music School Catalog
  • Sign a School Performance Fact Sheet and an Enrollment Agreement for their program

Complete admissions requirements are published in the Point Blank Music School Catalog, found on the Consumer Resources page.

What equipment do I need to take this course?

  • Either Ableton Live Suite or Logic Pro X (please contact us for more details)
  • Computer which meets the minimum requirements for your chosen DAW
  • MIDI keyboard (recommended for most short courses; required for Diploma students)
  • Native Instruments Reaktor + Blocks (required only for the Advanced Sound Design course)
  • Native Instruments Komplete (recommended)

What support do I get during this program?

Throughout your program you will be instructed and supported by our expert team of professional music instructors. You will be able to contact them via the student forum, raise any issues that you may encounter in your courses, and receive a timely response. All of the instructors are highly experienced in making music and/or have in-depth knowledge of the music business and will be able to offer valuable advice and guidance. You will also be able to participate in weekly online masterclasses where you can raise specific questions related to the course(s) you are currently taking.

Is this course suitable for beginners?

Yes. This course caters to students who have little or no prior knowledge. Students with prior production experience can also greatly benefit from Point Blank's world-renowned courses.

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