Composition Course - Level 1

  • 5 Jul 2021
  • 10:30 AM
  • 23 Jul 2021
  • 11:30 AM
  • Virtual - Online Program
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  • Course provides 6 online lessons (Mon. & Thurs. mornings for 3 weeks).

Registration is closed

Want to learn how to compose music for yourself or a small ensemble?

In SBA's  Composition Course Level 1 participants will work with professional composer Paul Suchan to investigate how to use melody, harmony, form, accompaniment, texture, and orchestration to create a composition for a small wind ensemble.

Participants will: 

  • Apply knowledge of chord tones and non-chord tones to create melodies over basic chord progressions.
  • Use form to create structure and contrast in a composition.
  • Analyze and design bass lines and background lines to establish style.
  • Apply knowledge of range, timbre, and percussive colours to create variety and interest in your music.

The program will be delivered entirely online with TWO virtual classes/sessions per week.  Online sessions will run on MONDAYS & THURSDAYS from 10:30 - 11:30 am over 3 weeks beginning on July 5. Instruction will provide practical application, facilitating the development of small band ensemble compositions as part of the program.

Prerequisite Knowledge for the course:


·  Be able to read music.

  • Understand and be able to read and write whole notes, dotted half notes, quarter notes, and their equivalent rests.

·  Able to write out and play at least one major scale on your instrument.


·  Have at least one FULL years' experience playing in band.

More to Consider - Additional Summer Band Options: 

The SBA is pleased to also offer: 

  • Online Semi-Private Lessons sets - a July set & an August set
  • In-person fun new program - Intro to Pep Band 
Individuals interested in more than one program must register for each program.


Contact the SBA office at or 306-993-9729

Refund Policy: 

Registrations cancelled before June 30 will receive a full refund.  Once the program has begun registrations are non-refundable.  


Saskatchewan Band Association           306-993-9729 

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