Music Works by Matt McLean

Music Works

By Matt McLean

  • Release Date: 2013-08-24
  • Genre: Music
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings
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The ideas presented in Music Works come from the experience of teaching music composition in a classroom setting to students largely not familiar with music notation or basic musical concepts.  The driving force behind this book is to help learners explore music through the act of composing and arranging their original ideas.  These lessons have been used as part of the Young Composers and Improvisors Workshop at LREI where participating students become composers and are given the experience of hearing their compositions performed by live musicians.  Visit the website to learn more and to hear student pieces. 
On some topics the approach will reflect what is typically found in standard approaches to teaching Western Music Harmony but in other areas it will seem quite different.  Precedent is given to strategies that help the learner engage in the concepts in most immediate way.  It is highly recommended that each lesson be utilized with some type of music notation software such as Noteflight, Finale, Sibelius or Muse Score.  The student is encouraged to experiment with arranging notes in the manner of each particular lesson so as to best grasp the concepts. 


  • doesn’t do most of what it trys to do

    By tomb123
    can’t even use the Noteflight content… whenever one trys to use the content NOTHING happens. there is also a note widget… THAT DOESN’T WORK. very disappointing.
  • Helpful but need update

    By annegresloon
    Many problems on Test questions like music notation not showing and errors in answer key..
  • Teacher

    By Shurjo
    Matt is one of the most innovative music teachers ever.
  • Incredible new resource

    By Robinson McClellan
    This book is a huge new step forward for teaching composition. So clearly and beautifully thought out and presented. The mixture of lessons with interactive elements, plus quizzes and questions mixed in, makes for a very engaging experience, constantly asking the reader to reproduce and test their understanding of the concepts taught in the lessons. Great for anyone starting out as a composer, or anyone who just wants to have fun creating some music, of any age. Highly recommended!