Musical Composition for Short Films with Ableton Live

A course by Jonah Schwartz , Musician and Composer

Musician and Composer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2020

Learn how to create an original score by exploring the process of recording, editing, and syncing your music to a film

  • 95% positive reviews (82)
  • 3034 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create an original score by exploring the process of recording, editing, and syncing your music to a film

A course by Jonah Schwartz

Can you think of your favorite soundtrack? Music is the element that ties everything together in any great film. It helps relay the message the writers, actors, and directors are trying to convey. Musician and composer Jonah Schwartz creates original scores for feature and short films, as well as commercials and other productions.

In this course, he gives you a complete walkthrough of how to compose your own song, ready to be synced with a short film. Learn how to use Ableton Live to create original melodies that harmonize with the mood of a scene, and align seamlessly with the atmosphere and tone of a narrative.

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What will you learn in this online course?

20 lessons & 21 downloads

Playing a Melody in Ableton
14 minutes, 57 seconds
Rhythm, Harmony and Melody
18 minutes, 35 seconds
How to Create an Idea
8 minutes, 45 seconds
Film Music and Structure 1
11 minutes, 37 seconds
Recording a Melody 1
16 minutes, 15 seconds
Recording a Melody 2
8 minutes, 26 seconds
  • 95% positive reviews (82)
  • 3034 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 8m)
  • 21 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Compose and record a song for a film from scratch with Ableton Live.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Musicians, filmmakers, animators, or anyone curious about making music and learning compositional techniques for film.

Requirements and materials

Previous musical knowledge is welcomed, but not required.

To take this course, you need access to Ableton Live, or similar software.


Reviews

3034 Students
82 Reviews
95% Positive ratings

Jonah Schwartz

A course by Jonah Schwartz

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Musician and Composer

Jonah Schwartz is an American musician and composer living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He taught himself how to play the guitar, mandolin, and banjo when he was a teenager, and after studying film studies in university, he discovered his passion for film scoring. In 2004, he moved to Argentina and soon became part of the music community in Buenos Aires. The following year, his band was named “Best New Band” by Rolling Stone Argentina.

With his band Los Alamos, Jonah toured through Latin America and Europe, sharing a stage with names like Lee Perry, Calexico, Devendra Banhart and The Evens. After the split of his band in 2009, he started working in film scoring, and has worked on numerous productions, from films to commercials. Jonah wrote the musical score for the Hollywood film Hide (2008), Noche sin fortuna (2011), and others. He has also worked with well-known Argentinian production companies such as Tronco, Bamba, Can Can, and Plently.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    What Makes a Melody?

    • How Does Melody Work 1
    • How Does Melody Work 2
    • Playing a Melody in Ableton
    • Rhythm, Harmony and Melody
  • U3

    Recording Your Music

    • How to Create an Idea
    • Film Music and Structure 1
    • Film Music and Structure 2
    • Recording a Melody 1
    • Recording a Melody 2
    • Adding Layers 1
    • Adding Layers 2
    • Vertical Integration 1
    • Vertical Integration 2
    • Effects and Final Sync 1
    • Effects and Final Sync 2
  • U4

    Finishing Your Piece

    • Exporting the Project
    • Feedback
    • Registering Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Musical Composition for Short Films with Ableton Live

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Musical Composition for Short Films with Ableton Live. Music, and Audio course by Jonah Schwartz

Musical Composition for Short Films with Ableton Live

A course by Jonah Schwartz
Musician and Composer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined June 2020
  • 95% positive reviews (82)
  • 3034 students