Madeira Island, Portugal Quinta da Paz – Santo da Serra

Date 2022

6 – 12 June


9 – 16


Course, Accommodation, Meals & Airport Transfers

Course info

If you are an amateur musician, or a professional musician of bossa nova, MPB, jazz, classical, pop, rock, hiphop, funky, metal, classical, music producer, Dj, write music for films, theater, dance or are a professional soloist and you never found anything that would help you compose easily, this workshop is for you. In this workshop we will talk about composition rules that are relevant to all styles of music, and work on these rules in the harmonic, melodic and rhythmic aspect, the 3 fundamental components of composition. Will be given the harmonic support that the student needs in a very intuitive and quick way to assimilate, with dozens of examples. Several different ways of starting a song will be explored, and for each one the exact steps to follow. A series of exercises will also be given that will allow the student to develop the ear and start composing without using the instrument.

Composition & Harmony


Composition Golden Rules

  • The 9 basic daily composition exercises.
  • Basic rules for composing.
  • Composition of ‘’ standard type songs ’’.
  • Rules of intervals for writing good melodies.
  • Tonal substitutions, Chromatisms, Convergence system.
  • Extended harmony applied to the composition.


  • Major and minor harmonies, common harmonic progressions, secondary dominants, modal interchange, modulations.
  • All type of chords (functions and chromatisms).
  • Note / chord ratio.
  • Harmonic parallelism
  • Reharmonization of themes and melodies.
  • Modal Interchange

Work on Themes

  • Coltrane changes
  • Forms and integral parts of a theme
  • Theme and variations.
  • Symmetry
  • Looped melodies
  • Cyclical themes, composition based on ethnic-folk music motifs.
  • Low and high pedals.


Single, double or shared depending on the package


Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hot beverages

Coffee, tea and biscuits during the sessions

Trip around the island

One day trip with stop for a traditional meal

After Dinner Gathering

After dinner sessions


A transfer will take you from and to the airport


Pedro Madaleno


  • Shared: Kitchen, Living Rooms. Toilets & Showers and Gardens.
  • There are only 2 Private rooms for 1 student each room and 5 Shared Rooms for two students each room.


Minimum: 9 students Ideal: 12 students Maximum: 16 students (4 students will be accommodated in family houses near by) Language: English

Packs Include

  • Course
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) – if you have allergies please let us know.
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits during sessions
  • Airport Transfers – Pick up and drop

Not Included

Flights are not included. Each student must book their own flight and ONLY after receiving an email confirmation from Bonding Experiences.


  • Please apply through email.
  • Payment plan can be requested through email.
  • Confirmation of the course will be given in a maximum two months before the date of the event or as soon as we get the minimum of students.
  • Please feel free to contact us for any questions concerning the course, accommodation or meals through
  • Email: management@bondingexperiences.com


  • Applications are open!!
  • Applications close on the 2nd of April
  • Confirmation will be given as soon as we get the minimum of students required (9) to make this experience possible!
  • Quinta da Paz accommodation is shared with other students. If you would like to be part of the hotel deal please let us know in advance.
  • If you would like this event to take place in a another time please let us know and we will do our best to make it happen!


COVID-19 BOOKING POLICY: If you book with us and the retreat is not able to go ahead owing to Covid-19, you will be able to reschedule your stay to another date in 2021 or 2022 without losing your payment. In case you need to cancel due to other circumstances, the normal cancellation policy and terms & conditions apply.

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Contact us

Adress: ER207, 9100-255
Santo António da Serra, Portugal

+351 968 746 721


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