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Practical Schillinger Master Course List

Free Lesson: The Power of Permutations

Duration: 5 hours

This is a self-paced introduction course to the Schillinger System of Musical composition.  There are no assignments in this introductory course. Our course is designed to expose you to a new logical theory of music. At the end of this course, you will be ready to further your studies with our other course offerings.

Technique Courses

Duration: 6 week courses          Cost: $199


Ultimate Rhythm

Traditional Courses: The complete authentic Schillinger System

Duration: 12-week courses      

Cost: $250 per quarter. Each course is 4 quarters.

25% discount applied when each course is paid in full


Rhythm Engineering   PRE-REQ to all the Traditional Courses

Rhythm Engineering is the foundation of the Schillinger System. Joseph Schillinger believed that in order to create an original piece of art the artist (engineer) must construct it through principles and procedures leaving nothing to chance.

In Rhythm Engineering we teach the principles of Schillinger’s Theory of Rhythm. The Schillinger System of Musical Composition published posthumously by Carl Fischer was taken from a collection of Mr. Schillinger’s notes. What is missing is Schillinger’s voice.  This has been the problem of trying to learn this incredible material from the books alone.

Pitch Scales

 In Pitch Scales, you will learn Schillinger’s four groups: Diatonic in one octave, Diatonic more than one octave, Symmetric in one octave, Symmetric in more than one octave. You will learn how to harmonize symmetric scales, geometrical projections, geometrical inversions, geometrical expansions.

Harmonic Engineering: Part One

In Harmonic Engineering, you will learn about Schillinger ’s special theory of harmony, which includes three types of harmonization. Type one: The diatonic system and the symmetric system. Type two: The diatonic system of harmonization. Type three: the symmetric system of harmonization. You will also learn chord structures and their inversions, groups with passing chords, extended structures. As well as, the chromatic system of harmony and its modulation.

Harmonic Engineering: Part Two

In Harmonic Engineering part two, we are building upon the classes in Harmonic Engineering part one. Using those previous lessons you will now learn to use extended chord forms, how to harmonize a melody and practical uses of Harmonic Engineering.

Melodic Engineering

In Melodic Engineering you will be introduced to the semantics of melody. You will also learn a new notation system for creating and analyzing melody. Using this notation, you will find the melody’s axes and how they produce resistance to control your compositions. You will also learn, to superimpose scales and time on these axes.

Arranging & Orchestration

In the Arranging section, you will learn about Schillinger’s strata harmony. This will include the composition of multiple strata parts, instrumental strata, and forms of accompanied melody.

In Orchestration, you will learn Schillinger’s traditional method of orchestration, his nomenclature, notation and instrumental combinations. You will also learn his acoustical basis of orchestration.

Theory of Composition

The Theory of Composition will be the last course in Practical Schillinger series. We will tap into all of your previous knowledge of the Schillinger System using the entire system, Schillinger’s theories and a variety of major components as building blocks to writing your compositions. You will be one of the very few that will have total knowledge of the Schillinger System of Musical Composition.



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