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Master of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

Prepare for a career in composing for the screen while developing your skills in music production, music editing, orchestration, recording, and mixing. You will receive intensive training from renowned scoring professionals that combines practice, theory, and industry immersion with opportunities to work closely with esteemed professionals. You will collaborate on multiple scoring projects, create multiple professional reels, and receive masterclasses from a wide variety of professionals.

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Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

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During your studies, you will:

  • Master the technology required to work in the field of screen scoring (DAWs, sample libraries, synthesizers, game middleware) as you learn the aesthetics and techniques vital for creating music for the screen (film, documentaries, video games, TV and streaming, advertisement).
  • Work on your collaboration and networking skills and learn how to plan and prepare for demanding projects.
  • Enhance your skills in orchestration for the screen as you work with guest performers and orchestral ensembles in recording sessions that serve as laboratories for current film industry practices. 
  • Experience everything involved in a recording session: composing, orchestrating, music preparation, score producing, music editing, and communicating with your team.
  • Work with musicians in the studio while you record and professionally produce top-quality demos through hybrid recording sessions. These sessions are designed to help you develop into the versatile and skillful professional the industry now demands.
  • Develop skills in analyzing music for the screen and visual narratives.
  • Learn how to create your own Sample Libraries as you hone your skills and connect with Hollywood Professionals.

In our program, we believe in mentorship as one of the most efficient ways to help you develop your creative voice, your skills, and your professionalism. We believe in individualized attention to help you forge your unique academic path. This is why you will:

  • Meet with an advisor to help you with your academic decisions and guide you through your studies and professional career. Work with them to define your specific career path and areas of interest.
  • Have a very dedicated faculty and staff ready to assist you whenever needed. You will be mentored in the recording studio when preparing portfolios, reels, and pitching as you learn how to network and collaborate. You will put these skills into practice as you meet and collaborate with students from New York’s top film and media programs.
  • Have a private lesson every week with a dedicated industry mentor and professional media composer each semester of your studies.
  • Have the opportunity to receive weekly feedback on your work from renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives in New York City and beyond through our Composers’ Forum Fridays@1 Masterclass Series


In addition to your classes, our program will provide you with a wide range of opportunities aimed to help you develop and connect with fellow film industry professionals:

Every year, we offer multiple readings with the NYU Symphony, residencies, and a film scoring competition in partnership with NYU Tisch.

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If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Mark Suozzo at or Dr. Ron Sadoff at

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