Thursday, 25th April 2019


Music composers write new scores and songs for individuals, groups and orchestras that perform any sort of style or genre. Composers apply knowledge of musical components such as rhythm, melody and style to create new pieces of music for others to perform. Some composers also write songs and lyrics, and can then be known as songwriters.

Composers can work across all musical genres, such as rock, pop, soul, jazz, rhythm and blues and classical. They may be writing music for live performance, for recording or writing scores for film, tv or theatre productions. The compositional techniques they use can be applied to all genres, but many composers and songwriters often specialise in one area: it is highly unlikely to get a composer that will compose scores for classical orchestras as well as writing songs for a pop girl group.

Composers have their own techniques and processes for creating musical compositions. Their work may involve any of the following processes:

  • Planning the basis of a composition on paper or in their head
  • Making up songs on a keyboard or guitar by improvisation
  • Sketching a series of rifts or musical parts before they put the whole work together
  • Working in collaboration with other music writers or lyricists
  • Creating songs with band members and sometimes performing their own songs
  • Using electronic resources such as computers and synthesizers for their composition

Composers and music writers across all genres may work with a range of people. These include singers, producers, publishers, managers and record companies. These links are made so that a composer’s work can be performed, heard and purchased. Composers and songwriters often work off royalties, so being able to get their work out there to be performed is vital.