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Beyond Music Theory
– Reference Manual

About the eBook

Music is a very broad field of study and music theory alone can be a highly comprehensive and demanding subject. As I was studying, I started to feel the need of having one main book with all those concepts and ideas put together in one place, instead of having to look for it elsewhere.

So, I started to compile all my notes and thoughts and created what you see here. An eBook that contains a large part of the music theory concepts, ready to be used in your music composition practice and presented in the most simple and concise manner. This is the result of my personal needs as a composer, teacher and fellow music student over the years and I sincerely hope that it can also be your Reference Manual for music theory.

Find out what you will be learning with the Beyond Music Theory eBook by downloading the table of contents here.

When purchasing using the button below, you will get an ePUB and a PDF version with a ZIP file containing the audio examples.

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The Creative Process - Organising Musical Ideas and Sounds

The Creative Process
– Organising Musical Ideas and Sounds

About the Course

In this course we will begin by working on concepts that will help you immensely in your creative journey.

This course is for you if you want to stop struggling with:

  • finding your creative process or optimising your workflow;
  • how to take note of your ideas and understand how to handle and connect them;
  • adjusting your mindset and focus as you go through the process of creating a piece of music. 

This is the first of a series of courses designed to set you on the right track to take the most out of your musical ideas and creativity as a composer or music producer by applying the musical knowledge that you may already have and translate it into music. 

For Your Convenience:

All the links in this course point to the Beyond Music Theory Blog where you can find the supporting music theory materials to follow through the exercises.

Also, the exercise lessons will be made available in PDF while the rest of the course lessons have downloadable audio files so you can put them in a playlist and go through the course in podcast mode.


a simple guide to music expression and the musical elements

A Practical Guide to Music Expression
– and the Elements of Music –

About the Course

In this free course we will be looking into ways of giving meaning to your music by using the musical elements and how you can apply them in your music.

Get access to insights and practical tools that will help you unlock your creative potential and overcome the difficulties of implementing your musical ideas in whatever genre you are composing.

This course focuses on how you can use contexts, images, ideas, emotions to give you hints on how you can use the various musical elements to express yourself.

Take what you learn and apply it in a project that is proposed to you in the end of this course.

The bonus materials cover the music theory concepts approached in the course along with the abridged version of the Beyond Music Theory eBook.

* Users that enrolled through the old course page will need to create an account on the new course platform, using the button above, to continue having access to the materials.


Rich Hall – Lead singer of Follow No One

“(…) we all write music and sometimes something just clicks. That used to happen but it was accidental and now it’s natural (…) you can go from a music enthusiast to an artist, it’s up to you (…)” – see the full video testimonial

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Emanuel Santos Sousa

Magnificent book. Exactly what I was looking for! Genius musicality and so well explained. I loved it!