I've recently been in a sort of rut with composing.
Being that I will not compose professionally, at least that's not the plan at this time, I haven't taken the concept very seriously in the past. But I feel that having some skill in composition at least to the point of low-moderate level would be highly beneficial for understanding how something should be played - the interpretation of music for example. The benefits of practicing inter-instrumental transposition is also a massive plus.
This sudden interest was sparked when I read a very short reply by Jon Corelis here, he said "First master the rules, then break them". Now, obviously he didn't originate said quote, but that doesn't matter much to me. I don't like history, so learning things like precedent and form are usually rather boring to me, but it is absolutely essential to understanding the written musical language.
My question then, is does anybody have any tips on how one could begin to study forms in music and apply them? I go to a rather small high school, so we don't have any advanced theory classes. Even in college, I'm afraid, I may not take formal classes over the direct topic of composition. I'd like to start now, but I just don't know where to start or what recources are available to me at this point.
Merci en advance,