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MM, Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

39 Total Credits

The MM in Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring is a 39-credit program that prepares composers to work in the Screen Scoring industry while developing skills in music production, music editing, orchestrating, mixing, and engineering.

Core Courses

3 Credits

Choose one of the following:
MPATC-GE 220X
Seminar in Music Theory
3 Credits
MPATC-GE 202X
Seminar in Composition
3 Credits
MPATC-GE 2039
MPATC-GE 2046
MPATC-GE 2042
MPATC-GE 2069
MPATC-GE 2095

Area of Concentration: Screen Scoring

28 Credits

Private Composition Lessons
Students take 3 semesters of private instruction with our faculty. As a student, you are free to choose a faculty member from the Screen Scoring, Concert Music, or Songwriting programs. You will decide your private instructor with your advisor, who will carefully help you to design a plan for your studies.

Orchestration
In order to better serve students with different musical backgrounds, we have created an orchestration placement exam that will serve us to recommend the best orchestration course to begin with from our orchestration sequence. You are free to select the rest of the courses of the sequence as elective courses if you wish.

Recording Sessions
The program recording sessions are linked to your private lessons, as you will be working with your private instructor to create music for these sessions. In addition, orchestration courses have their own recording sessions as well.

Terminal Experience
Students take a Screen Scoring section of our Colloquy in music as their terminal experience. In that class, students will prepare their websites and social presence to be an asset for their professional lives, create a set of reels to pitch for projects, and connect with different professionals in the field.

MPATC-GE 2049
MPATC-GE 2424
MPATC-GE 204X
Scoring Techniques: Film and Animation or Video Games
3 Credits
MPATC-GE 2555
Choose one orchestration course by placement:
MPATC-GE 2088
MPATC-GE 2098
Terminal Experience
MPATC-GE 2026

Electives

8 Credits

The Screen Scoring industry requires students with multiple and very different skills. This is why we are open for our students to choose from a wide range of electives, especially in areas such as: Conducting, Scoring, Songwriting, Concert Composition, Music Theory, and Music Technology and Production.

This is a list of some of the courses you can select as electives, which you will decide together with your advisor. Core courses and concentration courses that are not counting towards the concentration can count as electives.
MPAME-GE 2300
1 - 6 Credits
MPATC-GE 2090
MPATC-GE 2131
MPATC-GE 2135
MPATC-GE 2429
MPATE-GE 2047
MPATE-GE 2604
3 Credits
MPATE-GE 2620
2 - 3 Credits
MPATE-GE 2629
MPATE-GE 2650

Semester by Semester Sample Schedule

Full time is between 9 and 12 credits

Semester 1 (12 Credits)

Course

Credits

MPATC-GE 2321 Private Composition 3
MPATC-GE 2424 Composers Forum 2
MPATC-GE 2049 Contemporary Scoring (or another guided elective) 3
Screen Music: History, Analysis, and Aesthetics 3
Guided Elective 1
** New International Student Seminar 0

Semester 2 (12 Credits)

Course

Credits

MPATC-GE 2321 Private Composition 3
MPATC-GE 2424 Music Editing for Screen Music 3
MPATC-GE 2xxx Orchestration Class (by placement) 3
Guided Elective 3

Semester 3 (12 Credits)

Course

Credits

MPATC-GE 2321 Private Composition 3
MPATC-GE 204x Scoring Techniques 3
Core Requirements 3
Guided Elective 3

Semester 4 (3 Credits)

Course

Credits

MPATC-GE 2026 Colloquy in Music 3

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