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FAQ for BM in Music Theory and Composition with Concentration in Scoring for Film and Multimedia

What is Screen Scoring?

Screen Scoring generally refers to any music written for visual media. It refers to music written for movies, television, streaming shows, video games, virtual reality, augmented reality, phone applications, advertisement, documentaries, immersive experiences, and many more! It can also refer to music written for non-visual media such as podcasts and audiobooks. 
In the past, we used to call this film scoring, but the industry has since expanded to include many other kinds of media.

Can I double major in Instrumental Performance and Screen Scoring?

Students cannot double major in two different music programs at Steinhardt. However, the undergraduate curriculum is flexible enough to allow for private instrumental lessons and performance opportunities. In addition, students can take any performance-related courses.
Similarly, instrumental performance majors can take Screen Scoring classes, and private composition lessons.

Do I need to have previous experience in music production?

No, as an undergraduate student, there are no music production requirements. During your studies here, you will master the necessary technical skills to assist you in your professional development.

Do I need to play a specific instrument to apply?

No. Please refer to the audition guidelines - you will perform on the instrument of your choice.

Is experience in scoring necessary before enrolling?

No. Our curriculum will provide you with the skills you need to write for media, regardless of your background. 

Are transfer student portfolio requirements the same as regular applicants?

Yes. Please refer to the audition guidelines.