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Learn to Write Music in Any Style – Effortlessly.

The Craft of Composing represents a totally new approach to writing music. It is based on the idea that writing music is simple as long as we break it down into smaller parts. We call these parts blocks. Once we memorize just a few of these blocks we can assemble them just as easily as a child builds a block tower.

Although simple, this method is also powerful. It means that once you learn a just few of these techniques you can easily write very sophisticated music with a minimal amount of effort.


“I have learned so much so quickly from the Craft of Composing.
In a short time, I was composing and understanding what was once a mystery to me.
David’s inspired method is presented in such a clear, simple format. You are easily guided
step by step through his well organized techniques.
I’m so grateful for David’s teaching method. I highly recommend his book.”

– Dianne Curwick

“The craft of composition is the most enlightening, demystifying, liberating, and fun method of composition I’ve ever come across!”

– Jory Kahn

“As a pianist and aspiring musician with little working knowledge of music theory, The Craft of Composing is an invaluable resource for new composers. It helps students build a solid foundation by teaching the composition fundamentals, and expands into more sophisticated techniques without compromising musical creativity or emotion.”

– James Coletti

“Taking David Mann’s class, and reading his Craft of Composing workbook has been a great help to advancing my music and composition skills. Having started playing guitar and piano back in the seventies, I have studied and played music ever since. Yet, after all this time and study, there was a lot I still did not know; often not realizing that I did not know. The book is invaluable in learning, or reviewing the basic concepts, and growing from there. It starts simple, but quickly builds on the basics into more complex techniques and theories. I am grateful for the chance to learn these techniques and believe this will be a great use to any musician wanting to expand their knowledge and improve their writing.”

– Tom Luth