Bristol Composition Lessons


Learning how to compose or improving one’s compositional ability can be a complex endeavour. Knowing what to work on, how to work on it, and feeding your own creativity can all be quite tricky.

At the heart of my teaching lies three things: inspiration, musical craft & compositional strategy. Separating these three areas and improving them is the key to developing as a composer. Deficiency or a lack of clarity around these separate elements can lead to unfocussed and frustrating projects and practice.



As I say in my teaching-style section of this website; all my lessons are tailored around the individual. What that basically means for composition is that I explore each student’s natural passions and inclinations – and help you find your own learning goals.

Whether you are after a solid grounding in the fundamentals of jazz harmony, classical theory & composition, orchestration, computer music, improvisation or want to play entirely by ear, we pursue the way you learn & help lay the foundations of your own compositional vocabulary.

Jack Vaughan Composer Music Teacher

Composition, both classical, jazz and computer-based has always been my passion.

I’ve been writing, producing and performing music for most of my life and have been teaching it for the last 8 years.

I’ve studied music at Bristol University, Goldsmiths and Guildhall in London. I have also studied conducting and orchestration with a number of great UK specialists.



As I say in my teaching-style section of this website; all my lessons are tailored around the individual. What that basically means for composition is that I explore each student’s natural passions and inclinations – rather than a prescribed formula or set of learning goals.

Whether you are after a solid grounding in the fundamentals of jazz harmony, classical theory & composition, orchestration, computer music or audio production improvisation or want to play entirely by ear, we pursue the way you learn & help lay the foundations of your own compositional vocabulary.

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