Part I: Basics and Rhythm.
Chapter 1: Thinking Like a Composer.
Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 3: Musical Scrapbooks: Writing on Paper and Screen.
Chapter 4: Rhythm and Mood.
Part II: Melody and Development.
Chapter 5: Finding Melodies Where You Least Expect Them.
Chapter 6: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies.
Chapter 7: Building Melodies Using Motifs and Phrases.
Chapter 8: Developing Your Melodies.
Part III: Harmony and Structure.
Chapter 9: Harmonizing with Melodies.
Chapter 10: Composing with Chords.
Chapter 11: Composing from the Void.
Chapter 12: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings.
Chapter 13: Musical Forms.
Part IV: Orchestration and Arrangement.
Chapter 14: Composing for the Standard Orchestra.
Chapter 15: Composing for the Nonstandard Orchestra.
Chapter 16: Composing for Multiple Voices.
Chapter 17: Composing Commercial Music and Songs.
Chapter 18: Composing Electronic Music.
Chapter 19: Composing for Other Musicians.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Composers You Should Know About.
Chapter 21: Nine Career Opportunities for Composers.
Chapter 22: Ten Recommended Books for Composers.
Chapter 23: Ten Periods of Music History to Explore.
Appendix A: Modes and Chords Reference.
Appendix B: Glossary.