$49 $25

How To Write Music gives you a process for writing effective music.

Whether you are just starting out or looking to take your skills to the next level, it explores the fundamental skills that underpin every great piece of music whether it’s a song or a film score, string quartet or video game sounds track.

Writing effective tunes, developing interesting chord progressions, using rhythm and texture, structuring your ideas into a piece of music – these are the skills every composer or songwriter needs to master. If you’ve ever struggled with the blank sheet of paper or started 50 ideas never to finish any of them, this course gives you a framework for approaching composition that will help you write better music.

This course was rated #1 on Udemy, now back home at ThinkSpace, it’s even better with more examples, more course text and more content.

  • Tune writing, chord progressions, rhythm, texture and structure and much more.
  • 6 hours of engaging and entertaining video tutorials.
  • Bonus unit on music theory.
  • Fully interactive course text packed with examples.
  • Learn a process for writing music and songs.
  • Real-time composing demonstrations complete pieces from scratch.

Write better chords…

…Develop sophisticated melodies…

…With no music theory required!

Course Content

What Will I Learn?

You’ll start by learning a range of techniques for getting started and developing the spark of an idea into something more substantial. The we dive in and look at the foundations of every piece of music in much more detail, tune writing, chord progressions and harmony, using rhythm and texture. Finally we look at the different ways you can structure your music. You’ll learn a process that ensures you find it easier to start writing and you turn more of your ideas into finished pieces.

  • Turning a 3 note motif into a fully developed catchy tune.
  • Alternative approaches to chord progressions
  • Using technology to write music.
  • Scoring demonstrations – watch complete pieces of music come to life.
  • Ways to get started when facing the dreaded blank sheet of paper.
  • Look again at all the skills you take for granted, skills that will do 100 times more for your music than a new sample library!

What Problems Does This Course Solve?

  • I want to write music but I have no idea where to start.
  • I always play other people’s songs and I just want to write one of my own.
  • I’ve been writing music for years but there’s something holding me back, I never completely nail it.
  • I come up with dozens of ideas but just can’t turn any of them into a finished piece.

If any one of those sounds like you, then dive in. Don’t worry we have a no hassle money back guarantee if it’s not right for you. So what have you got to lose? I guarantee this course will do far more for your music than a load of new gear or software!

Who Is This Course For?

  • Musicians who want to start writing music.
  • Intermediate composers who need to refocus on the fundamentals of their music to get to the next level.
  • Songwriters who want to break out of the same old chord progressions and melodic lines and find something genuinely new.
Available downloads:

Over 6 hours of video tutorials and 20,000 words of course text!

Course Structure

  • Getting Started:

    Where ideas come from and how to take a spark and develop it into viable musical unit.

  • How To Improvise:

    The foundation of most song writing and composition but something most people never really learn.

  • Build Better Chord Progressions:

    A system for creating effective chord progressions quickly and simply .

  • Going Deeper:

    Writing music using suspensions, extensions and more.

  • Melody:

    What makes a great tune and 5 things to help you get started.

  • Melodic Development:

    Taking a simple short idea and turning it into a really satisfying and memorable theme.

  • Working with Rhythm:

    A range of techniques for adding rhythm interest – how rhythm works alongside chord progressions and melodic development.

  • Structure:

    The key to building interest and emotion, how to take a 15 second idea and turn it into a really effective 3 minute piece of music.

  • Texture:

    There are so many different ways to say the same thing in music. In ‘Texture’ we look at a range of approaches to arrangement, instrumentation and more.

  • Dynamics:

    Using dynamics, density and volume to build impact.

This course gives you all the tools and inspiration you need to create your own music… Guy teaches you how to write music by actually writing music right in front of you. A very effective approach. Well done, Guy!

ThinkSpace Student

I’ve been playing guitar for nearly 30 years and I have never been able to get past the “DELETE” button… Guy is obviously talented in his music, however he makes a great instructor as well and is downright hilarious!

ThinkSpace Student

His sense of humour and realness is beyond captivating. Not to mention his absolute honesty. I’m loving ever second so far!

ThinkSpace Student

Course Tutor

Guy Michelmore is a multi award-winning film, games and television composer whose clients include Marvel, Disney, Dreamworks, Lionsgate and dozens of major TV networks around the world. He’s best known for his work with Marvel on eight animated feature films including Ultimate Avengers and Thor, as well as hundreds of episodes of television including Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, Hulk and many more. His unique and accessible style explains and opens up the whole process of writing music in a way that has seldom been done before.

Join our ThinkSpace Students Facebook group (and exclusive premium student workgroup) to receive feedback on your work from other students currently enrolled on the course, as well as offer your point of view on other students’ work.

How To Write Music
$49 $25

  • 6 hours of video tutorials with dozens of live examples of composing techniques and tricks in action.
  • 20,000 word interactive course text packed with information, illustrations, musical examples and Spotify links.
  • Things For You To Do – check lists of quick and simple things for you to try right now.
  • Permanent access to course materials – like the Hotel California…”you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave…”

Course not for you? See our 30 day money-back policy.


  • Internet Access

    You need access to a reliable broadband internet connection to stream the course materials, preferably 5Mb/s or better. We need an active email address that can receive emails from us. Course materials are mostly streamed.

  • Computer

    A device capable of accessing the internet and streaming video / images / text is all you’ll need to take this course.

  • Software

    No software is required. Guy does briefly delve into techniques for writing with a DAW, but nearly all the subjects discussed here are directly transferrable to any instrument of your choosing.

  • Musical Knowledge

    You don’t need to be able to read music to take the course, but any experience is helpful! The course is aimed at complete beginners through to seasoned experts looking for new ideas.

  • Time

    The video material totals at over 6 hours, however you can watch them in whatever sitting suits you best. The 20,000 word course text might take some time to read however!

  • Downloadable Materials

    Downloadable course materials are only enabled after the money-back guarantee has either been waived or expired (30 days after purchase).

I loved this course. A recommend it to beginner and intermediate composers who wish to gain some nuggets of useful information to be applied in the real world. Thank you, Guy!

-Simon Horsey
ThinkSpace Student

This is a fascinating look into how music is composer.

ThinkSpace Student

I just watched the first two lessons and I already love it. As a person that doesn’t know much about writing music, I always wanted to know how a music writer creates music. This course is what I need.

ThinkSpace Student

Contact Us

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