Learn how to go from a musical idea to a rough orchestral sketch in minutes. And turn it into a full composition structure, quickly.

Orchestral Sketching

Accelerate Your Composing Speed

Orchestral Sketching is the art of creating rough mockups of your musical themes with only a handful of tracks. It can help you capture the essence of your theme in as little as a few minutes.

But it also forces you to pay attention to the core building blocks of your theme, exposing your flaws, and making it easy to see where you should improve.

This course will take you through the process of crafting your own orchestral sketch template, picking the right libraries and sounds, as well as processing them to sound awesome right out of the box. So that you can just input your melodies, chords, and background elements and get solid sounding mockups in a matter of minutes.

Through 5 hours of video content, you will not only learn how to set up your sketch template and record musical ideas faster than you could ever imagine, but also how to turn these theme ideas into full track structures at lightning speed using simple techniques.

It is a course aimed towards helping you write both clearer, stronger, and faster.

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Why orchestral sketching is such a powerful tool for composers
  • How to successfully incorporate the crucial elements of an effective sketch template
  • How to set up your own designated sketch zone from scratch
  • Recommended libraries, plugins and patches for each element of your sketch
  • My tips for processing and mixing for a great sound out of the box
  • Fundamental orchestration tips for more powerful sketches
  • How to take a simple theme, and sketch a full composition outline from it
  • Optimizing your template to save RAM and get more out of your system
  • Transferring your sketch into your main template effortlessly
  • How I approach recording full sketches from scratch

What You Get in the Course

  • 4 Modules Covering the Entire Orchestral Sketching Framework
  • Assignments to Accelerate Your Learning
  • 5 Hours of Video Content
  • Over-the-shoulder creation of 4 themes and 3 full track sketches
  • Lifetime Access
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Set up an Effective Sketching Template

We’ll show you how to set up an orchestral sketch zone from scratch.

Master the Essential Skills

Get better at writing melodies, chords, and background elements.

Generate Complete Orchestral Ideas Fast

Learn how to generate full orchestral themes in minutes.

Go from Idea to Track Structure quickly

Turn any theme idea into a full composition structure with ease.

Achieve more Defined and much Clearer Themes

This framework will force you to write clearer, more defined themes.

Try multiple musical ideas before committing

Sketching allows you to try multiple ideas in a short time for any project.

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Module 1: Introduction To Orchestral Sketching

We are starting off the course with some fundamental knowledge, mindsets and essential concepts around the topic of sketching.

We will explore topics such as:

  • Why you would want to learn this skill
  • Important principles to make this work
  • The impact these principles had on my work and career
  • What sketching is and isn’t
Module 2: Preparing Our Sketching Tools
Module 2: Preparing Our Sketching Tools

In the second module of the course, we will get into the practical aspect of assembling our sketch zone, ready to begin working.

We cover topics such as: 

  • General considerations for setting up your template
  • Step by step setup of your sketch tracks
  • Picking the best libraries and patches
  • Balancing the tracks for an ideal mix
  • Processing the sounds to sound clean and powerful out of the box
  • Testing our template by recording our first musical idea
Module 3: Basics Of An Effective Sketch
Module 3: Basics Of An Effective Sketch

In the third module, we start diving into the important aspects that make our sketch successful.

We cover the following topics: 

  • Essential arranging principles to follow for a solid orchestration
  • How to test out multiple musical ideas for a single project
  • Picking our favorite theme and transferring it to our main template for completion
  • Structuring our theme into a full composition using simple, effective methods
Module 4: From Theme Ideas To Full Tracks (Bonus)
Module 4: From Theme Ideas To Full Tracks (Bonus)

After we have covered all the fundamental aspects of creating solid orchestral sketches, you will be able to watch the instructor craft 3 full theme sketches from scratch.

In this final module you will see: 

  • A track sketch composed from scratch that originates in a simple chord progression, and becomes a full track outline with all the essential elements.
  • A track sketch composed based on a piano pattern, from the initial idea until the full composition structure is laid out.
  • Writing, roughly arranging and structuring a classic film theme-inspired theme that came to me as I was doing something completely different. I just dropped everything I was doing and hit record. This will allow you to watch me create from scratch in real time with no preparation, just a pure over-the-shoulder unfiltered view of my workflow when an idea comes to mind.





1: Who is this course for?

Orchestral Sketching is for composers of all levels that want to speed up their workflow, and create great sounding sketches of their musical ideas in a very short time. It is for people who struggle with taking their musical ideas and turning them into a fully fledged theme, or that struggle to turn a theme into a full composition. It is also for people that want to eliminate the overwhelming options and distractions that can present themselves when you start a new piece, and want to focus heavily on the few key elements that will make your composition great.

The course will give you tools and techniques to come up with musical ideas fast, turn them into great sounding sketches in minutes, and further turn those themes into full composition structures that you can finish in your main template.

2: Who is this course NOT for?

This course is not for complete beginners that don’t have any background in creating cinematic music, or little experience using sample libraries and DAWs. It is a course that requires foundational knowledge in composing, orchestration and production, and to own at least one modern high-grade sample library (Spitfire, Audio Imperia, Orchestral Tools, 8Dio, EWQL etc) to work with. If you want to learn the absolute basics, we got other course offerings that better suited, like Cinematic Music: The Essentials, and Cinematic Music: From Idea To Finished Recording. However, if you got the essentials covered and want to work faster, smarter and more efficiently, this course is definitely for you.

3: How does the course work?

The course is based on 5 hours of video content, spread across 4 main modules. It is based on self-study, where each video and module is focusing on a specific topic, that you are encouraged to practice and experiment with afterwards. We do have a very active Facebook group that you are encouraged to share your work in, ask questions, and communicate with other students.

4: What if I am not happy?

We only want happy students in our courses. If you for some reason are not happy with your purchase, get in touch with us within 21 days of purchase, and we will refund you every single dollar. No questions asked.


We don’t want any unhappy students.

If we didn’t meet your expectations, get in touch within 21 days of purchase,
and we’ll give you every penny back – no questions asked.

But we’re so confident you’re gonna dig the course,
we’re willing to take that risk.

If you for some reason want a refund, no problem,
we’ll issue it to you and even let you keep the bonuses.

So, see you on the inside?




Accelerate Your Composing Speed


  • 4 Modules Covering the Entire Orchestral Sketching Framework
  • Assignments to Accelerate Your Learning
  • 5 Hours of Video Content
  • Over-the-shoulder creation of 4 themes and 3 full track sketches
  • Lifetime Access
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Arn Andersson | Course Author

Arn Andersson is a Norwegian musician, traveler and creative educator that aspires to empower creatives to produce better art, live better lives and make a living from their passion as a co-founder of Evenant.

He has worked remotely across nearly 30 countries on his nomadic workstation while providing music for TV campaigns, feature films such as The Ronda Rousey Story: Through My Father’s Eyes (Lionsgate), renowned artists such as The Metropole Orkest and Hardwell, and trailer campaigns like Lady and the Tramp, Lego Movie, Cold Pursuit and Welcome To Marwen, and more.