Composing Music Questions

<p>Hi!</p>

<p>I was wondering if you all could help me with learning how to compose music.
I've been playing piano for many years, and also play the guitar.</p>

<p>Do you have to be advance in an instrument to learn how to compose?
I know you should know the basics of music theory, but how good do you have to be?</p>

<p>Also, can you guys recommend any sites, books, or anything that can help me in this process?</p>

<p>Thank you!
Rayna</p>

<p>I would suggest finding yourself a teacher. Perhaps your piano teacher can recommend one.</p>

<p>In some ways, I think, composition cannot be taught. But it can be inspired and guided by a teacher, and the process of crafting, revising and finishing can be greatly helped by a good teacher.</p>

<p>It isn't always a matter of playing an instrument or knowing theory, either. Everyone's process is different, and composition seems to happen in a lot of different ways for different individuals.</p>

<p>Have you tried to write any music? Why don't you go ahead and try? Good luck!</p>

<p>Okay, thank you so much!</p>

<p>I have not- I always thought that you had to be at an intermediate or advance level at an instrument or know theory very well.</p>

<p>I will try! I have some ideas in my head already!</p>

<p>Thanks again!</p>

<p>Also,</p>

<p>Would anyone know composition summer programs for beginners?
I am sure it is too late now to sign up, but for next summer :)</p>