Essential Composing Foundation




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So... You're halfway through a cool new NETFLIX movie and the music has inspired you so much that you press pause and rush to your instrument of choice. You absolutely 'know' that somewhere inside you there's a fantastic 'opening fanfare' or a dark and brooding melody' just waiting to come out and you can't wait to get started.

You sit there for a while...  and you might get started or you might not but somewhere in the process you realize that something is blocking your path to ultimate greatness. Something is stopping you from moving forward. 

Is it the lack of musical ideas? I mean, there are an awful lot of notes you could choose from and an infinite number of ways to combine those notes. Maybe it’s more that you struggle with the whole concept of using a sequencer and sample libraries to generate your masterpiece. Maybe you feel held back by your mixing skills? Maybe it’s a bit of all of these things (or a whole bunch of other things).

No matter what the problem, the end result is you’ve hit a roadblock and you have two clear choices

The first is to ‘throw in the towel’ and just give up. The second is to take the steps to master these skills and move forward.

But where do you start? Who do you turn to? 

A traditional music college? A well-meaning YouTuber? There’s so much information out there that it quickly becomes overwhelming.

You need to start with a clear, concise source of knowledge that steps you through all you need to get started on this magical journey of musical composition. A ‘key’ to help you open the doors that are holding you back.

And of course, you want it to be taught by experts!

Not just any experts. You want your teachers to be passionate about your progress and keen to see your improvement. Where do you find such a course?

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Break Down The Barriers

After helping thousands of students with their passion to create great cinematic productions, one thing became obvious to the Cinematic Composing team.

Our students were coming to us with a massive range of expertise and experience. Some needed help with writing strong melodies, captivating harmonies, and basic orchestration. Others really struggled more with the technical areas like setting up a sequencer and choosing sample libraries. And many were very new to every single aspect of cinematic composing.

So we launched ‘Essential Composing Foundation’ which is designed to give you everything you need to get started in the amazing world of cinematic composing..... Everything!

No matter where you’re starting in the journey of cinematic composition, Essential Composing Foundation will give you the tools you need to confidently move ahead.

You’ll learn how to write melodies and how to give them emotion with harmony. How to use instrument groups to make your ideas interesting and musical. You’ll also learn which sample libraries to use and how to set them up in a basic template so your ideas will turn into finished tracks with less hassle.

It’s the perfect course for you to start on your Cinematic Composing journey. 

Meet your trainer

Marc Jovani, Composer, Teacher, Cofounder of Cinematic Composing

  • Based in Los Angeles. Has composed soundtracks for more than 50 movies
  • Has provided music for major studios such as NETFLIXAmazonLionsgateSyfyFOX.
  • His movies have been distributed internationally on leading, nationally broadcasted television channels, including Lifetime (USA), TF1 (France), the Hallmark Channel (USA), Canale 5 (Italy), Antena 3 (Spain), HBO (USA) and more.
  • His music has been recorded in major studios: Warner Bros (Burbank), EastWest (Hollywood), and others.
  • Co-founder of Cinematic Composing (2016) with more than 10.000 students and growing
  • Berklee College of Music: Composition & Orchestration teacher at Berklee (2010-2016)

Stories on Marc Jovani

Thank you!

Seeing Marc’s videos and hearing about the courses he has created kept my fire alive. The knowledge he shares is very motivating to me. I am excited to put the things I have learned into action and share my efforts with the community.

Steve Nelson
Composer. Los Angeles (USA)
I learned a lot

Before the course, I was impressed with the way Marc explained things. This impression grew even more as he progressed. I learned a lot about workflow and ways to increase my production speed. This has inspired me in so many ways. Thanks for sharing your experience! I am looking forward to getting through the other courses!

Chris Nielsen
Composer. Fall River MA (USA)
I highly recommend it

Marc Jovani is a truly inspiring teacher. His courses rekindled my interest in composing music.

Issa Molina
Guitar Player-Composer. Zaragoza (Spain)
From Leipzig to L.A.

I´m a composer for film based in germany, leipzig. I joined CC because I like Marc Jovani's music very much and his way of narrating and communicating inspires me.

Georg Siebert
Filmcomposer. Leipzig (Germany)
Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

The courses are great. Marc give us great knowledge, He really know how to make great samples mockups. He shares with us all his knowledge and his tricks and tips.

Nicolas Garcia
Music Composer. Montpellier (France)


What You'll Learn

  1. Music Theory 101

    You'll learn basic music theory in a way that keeps it relevant and fresh. You'll also discover how to write your own melodies and how to capture your listeners’ emotions with harmony.

  2. Hold Your Listeners Attention

    You'll learn how to use layers and counter melodies to keep your cues fresh and evolving.

  3. Separate Your Musical Ideas

    You'll discover how to keep your musical layers from 'getting in each others way' by understanding how to compose using separation techniques.

  4. You'll Learn The Expressive Power Of Articulations

    There are so many ways to actually 'play' orchestral instruments, especially those from the string family. You'll understand how these articulations sound and also when and how to use them to best effect.

  5. Master The 'Driving Forces' Of Composition

    Hook your creativity to the 3 'driving forces' of composition and hang on for the ride to a massively accelerated workflow.

  6. Establishing Your Workspace

    Discover the tools you're going to need and how to set them up to get the most efficient workflow. Your keyboard/controller, your interface, what DAW to use. We'll also advise you on what sample libraries you should look at to get you up and running without costing you an arm and a leg.

  7. Reverb Basics

    Learn about some basic reverb types and discover the best way to use them to help pull your various libraries together and add dimension.

  8. Stem Shortcuts

    Get mixing quickly and efficiently by setting up 'stems' to organize all those beautiful tracks into manageable groups.


Stories on Essential Composing Foundation

I compose for a New Age

I have always "heard" some kind of music in my head, and in my opinion, like so many similar "things", everyone does. Always liked to improvise on a piano, as well. Then, a few years ago, I finally could transcribe, i.e. play on a piano, the melodies that would pop up in my mind here and there. I started studying the violin, and it helped, too, because note reading is so easy with a violin. It all started this way, slowly it improved a little with each try, I still do have most everything to learn and am eager to continue on the road!

Jean-Christophe Fadot
Designer Aix-en-Provence (France)
What I needed when I needed it

I took this course soon after joining with CC because I was working ( or attempting to work ) on a short fantasy animation film. 

Now I'm able to more quickly come up with ideas that more easily fit into specific genres for film and I owe it all to Cinematic Composing.

Ryan Carrico
 Facilties Director. Sunnyvale (USA)
Marc it's an excellent teacher

I purchased the course and I am loving it. It's very well structured and edited. The detail of information is very precise and useful. 

Pedro Correia
Composer. Lisboa (Portugal)
Thank you Marc and crew

Really amazing stuff for beginners. Marc takes you by the hand, even tells you what sequencer, midi controllers, and audio equipment best to use. Thank you Marc for putting this out

Josef Lindlbauer
Musician. Obernberg (Austria)
Detailed and professional!

The course is very interesting! The lessons are very well structured and useful for both, professionals and beginners. Marc Jovani conveys great enthusiasm and helps you to achieve your goals. 

Thank you Marc!!! Thank you Cinematic Composing.

Francesco Menici
Composer. Los Angeles (USA)

The curriculum

Explore Essential Composing Foundation

ECF is designed to give ‘absolutely anybody’ the skills to get started in their journey into the amazing world of cinematic composing. It doesn't matter how inexperienced you may be. This course will give you everything you need to ‘level you up’ on a whole range of essential skills and get you composing straight away. It’s also a great launchpad into a range of more advanced courses we offer.

Available on your Personal Computer, Tablet & Smartphone.

You’ll master the basics of music theory and how to create amazing melodies and engaging harmonies so you can connect with and captivate your listener.

You’ll learn how to embellish your ideas without drowning them in clutter or turning them into a muddy mess.

You’ll discover what sample libraries to select for rapid composing and how to set them up in your DAW (sequencer) and how to arrange a template so your system is ready and responsive whenever you have a musical idea to follow. 

And finally, you’ll understand the 3 musical forces and how important they are in helping you write interesting and compelling musical cues.

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What People Say About This Program

Thanks Cinematic Composing

This course is awesome and extremely helpful for all composers. It has helped me a lot.
I am truly grateful to Cinematic Composing.

Jed Atienza
Composer. Sidney (Australia)
Infinite thanks.

Before these courses, I had some very precarious notions about orchestral music, and now I have realized that I have many tools on which I must work very hard to obtain results. This course is a doorway to a whole new world for me and I look forward to exploring it much more thoroughly.

Jairo Moreno
Musician. Armenia (Colombia)
Great supportive group

Great supportive group to be a part of. Real people with real struggles and dreams. Lovin' it.

Peter Moore
Composer. Melbourne (Australia)
I like the courses very much

I like the courses very much, because it explains very well and very detailed how to write specific music.

Arturo Albero
Composer. Alicante (España)
The best decision one can make

  Deciding to take this course as an addition to a contemporary media composer's arsenal is one of the best decision one can make.

Sakis Petropoulos
Composer. Corfu (Greece)

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Did we mention that all our members are eligible for student discounts for libraries, plugins, and gear? This perk alone  saves you hundreds of dollars composing software & libraries!


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Stories on Essential Composing Foundation

My Dream

I came to Australia nearly 13 years now ,went to music school but still I need more knowledge about music composition that why I'm taking my time and money to try anything who can help me understand music more more.

Hopefully, I will get what I want with your program.


Pierre Ngahadeu
Musician. Perth (Australia)
I recommend Cinematic Composing to everyone

I have been composing cinematic music for 15 years. It still gives me much useful information. The course is extremely organized, clear and thorough. I love this course very much. This is the program not only for emerging but also for professional composers. I recommend Cinematic Composing to everyone.

Sheng-Hsiung Hsu
Composer. Taipei (Republic of China)
A lot of progress in just one month!

It´s been 1 month since I signed up for Cinematic Composing and I have made a lot of progress in my composition, the explanations are very clear, good teachers. I recommend it to anyone who wants to make image music, film music, etc.

Alex Clairenteau
Composer. Los Angeles (USA)
I really recommend it

In personal experience, this is one of the best composition courses on the internet... I like the way topics are explained with energy and passion!
I really recommend this fantastic course.

Gianmarco Fiaschi
Musician. Pisa (Italy)
Excellent course!

For the first time, I found the Cinematic Composing website I knew immediately that this is exactly what I've been looking for. I've learned so much, I'm so happy.
Highly recommended course for anyone who is interested in composing music...

Thank you Marc!!! Thank you Cinematic Composing.

Pete Lämsä
Composer. Helsinki (Finland)

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Get Access to only Essential Composing Foundation on all devices.


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Get Access to Essential Composing Foundation PLUS unlock everything else on Cinematic Composing. You get the catalog of courses unlocked for less than $2 a day.


$3,995 of value

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