Great Educational Sites for Composers

There are tons of sites out there that help aspiring composers learn some of the tricks of the trade. Most offer bite sized nuggets of info but there are some stand out site that really go all out. Here is a list of some free sites all about learning the craft of music.

General – sites that a lot of info on a ton of topics:

  • MusicMoz – this site is a comprehensive directory of all things music, edited by volunteers.
  • Berklee Music Blogs – tons of blogs from the various instructors at the Berklee College of Music.
  • Artisthouse Music – a huge website with info on everything from music production to marketing.

Forums – a great resource for learning, there are forums on every topic imaginable. There are everything from classical music, to electronica, to flamenco forums. Here are a couple of good ones but be sure to look for

  • V.I. Control Forum – a forum specializing in composing techniques using sample libraries and virtual instruments.
  • Compose Music Forums – a forum all about composing, arranging and orchestration.
  • Home Recording – all about recording and gear.
  • KVR Audio Forum – a great site for info on virtual instruments and effects but their forum is great for more tips and info.
  • Gearslutz – is another great gear related site with a good forum.
  • Berklee Forums – forum from the Berklee College of Music.

Music Resources – sites pertaining to music scores, theory and arranging:

  • Jazz Arranging – Garritan’s great site on jazz arranging and orchestration.
  • The Orchestra: A User’s Manual – an older site but still great. Full of information about the orchestra, orchestration, composition and instruments.
  • Music Theory – another older site. This site has exercises in music theory but also includes some great ear training exercises.
  • The Petrucci Music Library – a great resource containing all public domain music scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world without charge.