Let’s face it: a lot of us are writing on virtual instruments for virtual instruments, and while following the traditional rules of orchestration and composition is a fantastic approach, not everything translates; not everything works. In this class, I’ll show you how I handle this unusual beast – what I avoid trying to do virtually, how I approximate certain otherwise-impossible effects. We’ll talk about ways to layer and supplement parts, how to manage a template, combine different sample libraries, and more!
$30. Click on the title graphic above to purchase.


The class was great, very insightful, super helpful, man, I can’t recommend these enough! The amount of true “hands-on” knowledge that is immediately applicable is enormous and on top of that these classes are such a huge motivational boost to keep learning, improving, growing.

Online Masterclass – VIRTUOSITY


I think we should be able to do passable “impressions” of our composing contemporaries. Doing so reveals our understanding (or lack thereof) of the colors and styles we’re surrounded by – which naturally influence our own work! This oft-requested class explores the “essence” of the sounds from composers like James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Thomas Newman, Jerry Goldsmith and others. What makes them sound the way they do? Through harmonic, orchestrational, and structural examples, we reveal their secret recipes and approaches. Lots of “Ah-Ha!” moments guaranteed.
$30. Click on the title graphic above to purchase.


Once again, awesome class!

Online Masterclass – IMPRESSIONS


Starting a piece can be rough. Where to begin? Well you can begin here, with this insanely useful collection of composing “recipes!” Call them inspirations, call them seeds, call them templates… I call them Kickstarters. Steal them, build on them, make them your own. I’ll tell you exactly which instruments to put where, how to voice them, and how to structure your pieces across a variety of styles. Most of my classes are about teaching you to fish. Well this time, I’m just going to give you the fish! No theory, no concepts – just powerful, raw materials you can put to work instantly! I’ll be giving you templates for that classic “Hollywood sound” – melody, chord and comping orchestrations, voicing, you name it. Hey, we could all use a boost from time to time; this will get you going faster and more creatively than you can possibly imagine.
$30. Click on the title graphic above to purchase.


I can’t say enough positive things about this class. I always walk away with new ideas for my writing and workflow. Mike’s classes amount to nothing less than a group apprenticeship. This kind of thing is rare these days, so I just try to absorb as much as I can.

Truly amazing, inspiring, and at the same time a clear demonstration that neither magic nor conservatory study is necessary to write and orchestrate emotionally meaningful and non-banal music.

Online Masterclass – KICKSTARTERS