FAQ

Please browse through this page first, and if you still haven’t found an answer to your question, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You might also be interested in the Online Music Masterclass blog, or the individual course pages, where more questions regarding each course are answered.

The Courses
How do I register for the Masterclass?

You start by pressing the Get Started button on the front page of the site and fill in you details.  You are stongly encourage to put a link to your work – it is a condition of registration for some of our courses.  You will then get an email with our Skype name.  After payment you will be given a login to the student area

 How do I pay for the masterclass?

After filling in and sending the registration form you will get an email with a link to Paypal.  We will get in touch with you and give you your 20% discount code.  If you have any other discount codes, please also include them in the Registration form.  All payments for the Masterclasses are by Paypal.

What is the structure of the Masterclass?

After sorting out your registration and paying you will be sent a login code to enter the student area of the website.

Here you can download your first assignment – consisting of a quicktime movie and a brief.  When you have completed the brief you send it back to us for personalised comments.  We offer two rounds of comments for each assignment.

There are three assignments to complete for the course – a title sequence, a channel identity and a TV commercial. Over the duration of the Masterclass we will also send you five production documents which give essential insider info on how the industry works based on our extensive experience with clients over the years.

On completion of the course, you will be given a certificate and the chance to pitch on a real job.

Is the course mainly focused on orchestral music?

Any good TV composer will be able to write in a number of styles – very often those styles are mixed together in some way. All we ask is that you fulfil the brief for the client – what style you choose is up to you. For example one of the assignments is to compose for a political magazine program – you could use a rock format for this, but convention says that some sort of orchestral instruments would give the “serious” feel you need for such a style – or it may be a mixture of rock & orchestral.

When does the course start?

The course starts as soon as you have paid for it with Paypal. We will then send you a login to the student area of the website. From there you can download your first assignment.

How long does it take to finish the course?

You organise your own time at your own pace – although we do not recommend that you take more than three months to complete it. A good composer for TV is quick and used to short deadlines. If you take longer than three months – that’s your own choice.

What happens if I go away in the middle of the course?

No problem – the course is designed to be taken at your own pace, although we do not recommend that you take more than three months to complete it.

How much experience do I need?

It dosn’t really matter how experienced you are as a composer – as long as you know how to compose and record music. The course is designed to take you several notches above wherever you started from. It will also simulate “real world” conditions of composing for clients.

What are your credentials/why should I take lessons from you?

Tim Rabjohns has been working in music for television & advertising for over 15 years and Yaniv Fridel for 10. Together we have successfully composed and sold hundreds, if not thousands, of pieces of music commercially. You can visit www.lemezandfridel.com for more credentials.

Technical Details
Does it matter where I am in the world?

No – this is an online course – all you your materials and your tutor assessments and feedback will come to you electronically.

What software do I need?

We are assuming that you are already proficient at composing music when you start the course. You will be using what ever software you usually use to write and record your own music. The only criteria is that you must have a facility for composing to picture.

What’s the best way of sending a large file?

Many emailboxes still have a limit of 10Mb – both yours & your clients, which means that if you have to send a large file by email it will not get there.

Currently we use Dropbox as a way of passing files to clients. Go to https://www.dropbox.com/ for info about Dropbox. You can also go to this link to get instructions on how to use the Public folder. The thing we like about Dropbox is that you can also easily share files with other colleagues without sending any emails.

Alternatively we use Yousendit for large files – check it out here – https://www.yousendit.com/. This is good for one-off file sending, and is free.

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