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2-Year Online Evening Program

Beginning Fall 2024 - More details coming soon!

Before we created the original 1-year film scoring Masters program we started with a 2-year evening program. We are returning to our roots and bringing back our evening program in an online format. This program will offer 2 hour classes once or twice a week over the course of two years covering film scoring basics, music theory, orchestration, and will culminate with students writing a film cue with one-on-one mentorship and recording it with professional musicians.

This program will be open to all education and skill levels, and ages 16 and up!

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2-year Course Curriculum

All students on the 2-year evening program track must take courses Film Scoring 1-5. Additional classes are optional (optional classes listed in next section).

Year 1, Quarter 1, Fall

FS1: Tenets of Professional Film Composing

Prerequisites: None

Time commitment: 2 hour class per week over 10 weeks

Cost: $900

Tenets of Professional Film Composing is a fundamental overview of key logistical concepts and practices of which any professional film composer should know. Over a 10 week span this course will explore the utility of artistic concepts such as a film score policy, vocabulary, spotting notes & timing notes, as well as business practices such as writing contracts, cue sheets, and establishing a PRO affiliation. Additionally it will cover the basic roles of a film team and discuss how to avoid contention in the vital relationship between composer and director. The purpose of this course is to provide budding composers with often easily overlooked yet practical and actionable insight which lies beyond the realm of their manuscript paper, notation softwares, and digital audio workstations. One might be a proficient composer, but this does not guarantee one’s success as a proficient film composer... this course will serve as an introductory instruction as to how to achieve the latter outcome.

Students must pass a music theory exam to be admitted into FS2. For students who may not have strong theory skills we recommend taking the optional class Foundational Music Theory (scroll down to the optional classes for more info).

Year 1, Quarter 2, Winter

FS2: Music Theory for the Modern Composer 1

Prerequisites: Successful completion of FS1

Time commitment: 2 hour class per week over 10 weeks

Cost: $900

A deeper dive into specific, advanced music theory concepts tailored for use in composing modern tonal music. Learn how to broaden your toolkit of compositional techniques, understand effective melodic writing, and get a glimpse into high level Film Composition Theory. 

Year 1, Quarter 3, Spring

FS3: Music Theory for the Modern Composer 2

Prerequisites: Successful completion of FS2

Time commitment: 2 hour class per week over 10 weeks

Cost: $900

This course is designed to complete an essential understanding of music theory and build directly off the concepts covered in Music Theory for the Modern Composer 1. In this course, we will cover chord voicings and how to create them, constructing textures and melodies, and some new harmonic approaches to specific dramatic situations. In combination with Theory 1, this course will give students the music theory background and tools to compose music for a wide range of projects and media.

Year 1, Summer: Off

Year 2, Quarter 1, Fall

FS4: Intro to Practical Orchestration

Prerequisites: Successful completion of FS3

Time commitment: 2 hour class per week over 10 weeks

Cost: $900

This course covers orchestration specifically focusing on works to be recorded in a professional studio environment, with an emphasis on practical considerations for orchestrating music in an highly idiomatic way. There are a variety of techniques that work only in the studio and not in a concert hall, and vice versa. An understanding of these differences, as well as the details of scoring for various instrument families, will help increase the playability and effectiveness of your music.

Year 2, Quarters 2-3, Winter-Spring

FS5: Practical Application of Film Scoring

Prerequisites: Successful completion of FS4

Time commitment: 1-2 weekly meetings over 20 weeks

Cost: $2,400

Over the course of 20 weeks students will work on a film cue with one-on-one weekly mentorship meetings. Students will go through the full process of spotting a scene, creating thematic material, writing and orchestrating the cue, creating tempo maps/click tracks, scores and parts, and recording the piece with an ensemble of professional musicians.

Students who may not be well versed in notation software or DAWs may want to consider taking the additional classes covering each listed in the optional classes below.

Students who successfully complete this course can retake it as many times as they like to work on other cues and build their skill sets and demo reels.

Year 2, Summer: Final recording session for FS5. Students can attend in person or remotely.

Optional Classes

These classes are not required but are recommended for students who are not as well versed in music theory, software notation, or DAWs.

Year 1, Quarter 1, Fall

Foundational Music Theory

Prerequisites: None

Time commitment: 2 hour class per week over 10 weeks

Cost: $900

A review or introduction into the world of Music Theory. Gain understanding into the Musical Elements, Music Terminology, Key Identification, Compositional Tools, and much more. The perfect class for musicians who are transitioning into Composers or anyone interested in forming a deeper appreciation into how music is structured and how it functions.

Year 1, Quarter 2, Winter

Music Notation Standards: Best Practices for Score and Part Preparation

Prerequisites: None

Time commitment: 2 hour class per week over 10 weeks

Cost: $900

This course will educate students on the professional sheet music standards that modern film scoring sessions adhere to. It will focus on how to use sheet music to communicate the intent of the composer clearly to the musicians and conductor. In this course how to make scores and parts look clean, clear, and professional. Sheet music is how musicians interact with and perform your music, and this course seeks to give you the tools to communicate your intent as effectively as possible.

Year 1, Quarter 3, Spring

Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations

Prerequisites: None

Time commitment: 2 hour class per week over 10 weeks

Cost: $900

All recorded music, whether acoustic, electronic, or something in-between, is produced through a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, making these a necessary tool for any aspiring composer. While there are many options out there for which DAW to use, the fundamentals behind how they function and how to mix music remain the same regardless of which one you choose to work in. This course will introduce you to the basics of how to work within a DAW and some of the fundamentals to mixing, including the use of different plug-ins and typical industry practices. A brief overview of some of the most common DAWs will also be provided to showcase some of the differences and similarities between these pieces of software.

Additional optional classes are being planned including software specific courses for Finale, Sibelius, Dorico, Digital Performer, Logic, Cubase, and Protools, as well as classes on ear training, mixing, songwriting, and more! Stay tuned for more information and updates.

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