Music Composition Devices to all Genres and Styles

Embark on a transformative journey through the diverse realms of music composition with our meticulously designed course, spanning six comprehensive modules. This course delves into the essential dimensions of music—Vertical, Linear, Horizontal, Combining, and Multidimensional—providing a rich exploration of musical textures, rhythmic innovation, melodic diversity across cultures, advanced composition techniques, and the nuanced art of style analysis and narrative in both conventional and electronic music.

Exploring Dimensional Devices in Music Composition

Course Overview

This course offers a comprehensive exploration into the dimensions of music composition, bridging electronic and conventional music. It emphasises a deep understanding of vertical, horizontal, and combined dimensions, applying these concepts across a variety of musical genres.

Module Highlights:

  • Vertical Dimension: Unravel the intricacies of musical textures and the interplay of harmonies, melodies, and rhythms, guided by Jan La Rue’s analytical framework, adapted for a wide range of musical styles.
  • Linear Dimension: Master complex rhythmic structures, from polymeter and polyrhythm to the nuanced use of odd meters, learning to manipulate time perception in your compositions.
  • Horizontal Dimension: Traverse the global landscape of melody, investigating scales and modes from various cultures, and learn how melody interacts with harmony and rhythm to create compelling musical narratives.
  • Combining Dimensions: Integrate advanced composition techniques, such as the use of pre-recorded sounds and musique concrète, to craft textured, layered music pieces.
  • Multidimensional Analysis: Delve into style analysis tailored for both electronic and conventional music, examining genre stylistics, historical contexts, and the unique ways music conveys stories and emotions.
  • Practical Application: Synthesise your knowledge through hands-on projects that challenge you to apply your learned skills in creating innovative compositions.
Designed for flexibility and depth, each module comprises either lessons for online group lessons or face-to-face at our studios in London, fostering a rich peer group enrichment process that enhances the learning experience.
We also offer one-to-one face-to-face or online lessons to allow a more private and tailored approach.
Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of a specific area or immerse yourself in the complete spectrum of music composition, modules can be taken individually, allowing you to tailor your educational journey to your interests and needs.
For added convenience, all lessons are recorded and stored, accessible at any time to suit your schedule. Complementing the video lessons, comprehensive written materials are available through our online platform at, providing you with valuable resources at your fingertips.
This course is crafted to equip you with the musical tools necessary for innovative composition in both conventional and electronic music, blending historical insights with contemporary practices. Whether you’re a budding composer or an experienced musician looking to expand your horizons, this course offers the knowledge and inspiration to push the boundaries of your creative expression. Embrace the opportunity to transform your musical skills and develop a unique compositional voice in a supportive, engaging online environment.

Complete Module Structure and Content

Module 1: Vertical Dimension – Harmony and Textural Interplay

  • Objective: Explore the vertical dimension of music, focusing on the interplay between harmonies, melodies, and rhythms.
  • Lessons:
    • Introduction to musical textures and the concept of vertical stacking in music.
    • Analyzing harmonic interplay using Jan La Rue’s analytical framework.
    • Exercises on creating rich, textured compositions in various music formats.

Module 2: Linear Dimension – Mastering Rhythmic Complexity

  • Objective: Explore and master advanced rhythmic concepts integral to both electronic and conventional music.
  • Lessons:
    • Transition from foundational to complex rhythmic structures in modern music.
    • Study polymeter, polyrhythm, and time perception manipulation.
    • Practical exercises in composing with complex rhythmic structures.

Module 3: Horizontal Dimension – Exploring Global Melodies and Modal Systems

  • Objective: Investigate melodic development and its interaction with harmony and rhythm across various cultural contexts.
  • Lessons:
    • Examine global scales and modes and their influence on melodic development.
    • Discuss melodic interactions within musical compositions.
    • Composition exercises that integrate diverse global modes and rhythms.

Module 4: Combining Dimensions – Advanced Composition Techniques

  • Objective: Integrate vertical and horizontal dimensions through advanced compositional techniques.
  • Lessons:
    • Explore layered compositions and canon techniques in both electronic and acoustic music.
    • Introduce counterpoint and voice leading applicable to modern compositions.
    • Practical workshops on musique concrète and found sounds.

Module 5: Multidimensional Analysis – Style and Genre Exploration

  • Objective: Conduct a multidimensional analysis of music, examining genre-specific elements and narrative techniques.
  • Lessons:
    • Adapt style analysis guidelines to various music styles, focusing on electronic music.
    • Detailed study of electronic music genres and their historical contexts.
    • Explore narrative techniques and emotional storytelling in music.

Module 6: Practical Application and Synthesis

  • Objective: Synthesise knowledge from all dimensions to create comprehensive music pieces.
  • Lessons:
    • Engage in advanced composition projects incorporating learned techniques.
    • Use interactive software and DAWs to simulate compositional processes.
    • Participate in peer review sessions to refine compositions and critical thinking skills.

Course Features

  • Flexibility: Modular structure allows students to focus on specific dimensions or take a comprehensive study.
  • Accessibility: Recorded lessons and written materials are available anytime on the course platform,
  • Interactive Learning: Engages students through practical exercises, peer discussions, and use of both modern and traditional music composition tools.


This course provides a robust foundation for understanding and applying the dimensions of music composition in both electronic and conventional music. It equips students with the skills needed to innovate and excel in a wide range of musical endeavours, encouraging a holistic and integrated approach to music composition.

Course Information

Course Instructor

Gisela Paterno Gisela Paterno Author

Module 1: Vertical Dimension – Interwiving of Harmony and Texture

Module 2: Horizontal Dimension – Rhythmic Weaving: Structure and Time

Module 3: The Horizontal Plane: Exploring Melody Across Cultures and Genres

Module 4: Combining Dimensions – Advanced Composition Techniques for Music

Module 5: The Dance of Lines: Melodic Complexity

Advanced Melodic Techniques

Module 6 Utilising Pre-recorded Sounds, Fixed Media and Musique Concrète

Composition Workshop: Synthesis and Application

Composing with Modes, Rhythms, and Textures:

Layering and Interaction:

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