Craig Smith Music Tuition : Composition / Arranging

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Welcome to Craig Smith Music's page for composition lessons and tuition in arranging. We offer tuition in composition in all styles and at all levels, with classical orchestral composition to computer-based electronic composition on offer.

Alongside our composition and arranging lessons, we also offer instrumental tuition, music theory lessons and training in music technology. Any or all of the above can be combined into one music lesson.

Our composition tuition includes compositional technique and instrumental knowledge, as well as training on industry standard software such as Sibelius and Logic. For students who own a copy of Sibelius and/or Logic (or a similar recording package), lessons can be provided remotely using the internet (email, Skype or Facetime), which can be cheaper than lessons in person.

Did you know exams are available in composition? Contact us for details!

Craig Smith Music is the North West's most popular private provider of home music tuition. Craig himself is a busy full-time professional musician working as a composer for film, documentaries and theatre, and also as a session musician (support work for Paloma Faith and Tinchy Stryder are amongst the jobs on his CV). Look no further for a knowledgeable, experienced tutor.

Which topics can I learn? [Top]

Craig is vastly experienced within the world of professional music, so you can cover almost any topic of music composition and/or arranging in your lessons, whether you're a classical musician or a rock musician. Most of the popular topics are listed below, but feel free to get in touch if there's something else you need to learn or improve your skills on. If you need to learn a skill for which Craig isn't the best teacher, he will be able to recommend the right person for you to approach.
  • Composition
  • Keys, tonality, scales and modes
  • Rhythm and time signatures
  • Instrumental families, ranges and uses
  • Structure / form
  • Scoring / notation
  • Harmonic progressions
  • Analysis of existing pieces
  • Composing using technology
  • GCSE composition help
  • Styles from classical to pop
  • Arranging
  • Arranging for string quartet and larger ensembles (pop or classical)
  • Arranging for horns section / brass (pop or classical)
  • Choosing the best instruments for your arrangement
  • How to adapt one style to another
  • Reducing a score for a smaller ensemble
  • Taking a song and arranging for a band

When and where do lessons take place? [Top]

Lessons can take place in our Preston studio, at your home, in schools and remotely via the internet.

Who will teach my lesson? [Top]

Craig, managing director of Craig Smith Music, still has availability for a small number of lessons in Preston on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Lessons are taught at his studio in Ingol, on other days they can take place either from his studio or as a home visit to students in various locations dependent on the day of the week. See Tuition : with Craig from the menu above for all the details. Should you not be able to find a slot, why not consider a correspondence course? This allows you to learn via email, Skype, Facetime etc, completing your tasks and emailing them for feedback meaning both you and Craig can work in your own time without needing to find a mutually suitable time.

All of our music teachers have to meet certain criteria before being formally accepted onto our books. These include, but aren't limited to, having high levels of ability on the instrument(s) to be taught, graded certifications in performance and theory of music, and suitable teaching space when they teach from home or a studio. They are also asked to provide a CRB disclosure.

Peripatetic school lessons [Top]

Craig is available to provide peripatetic one-to-one and group tuition in schools, and has recently taken on roles supporting the tuition of composition with GCSE groups within the new academy system. Please see our schools page from the menu above for details.
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