Screen Scoring Undergraduate Courses

Screen Scoring Undergraduate Courses

MPATC-GE 1049 Contemporary Scoring
3 credits
45 hours

This hands-on course will both sharpen a composer’s aesthetic and raise the level of proficiency in their use of an industry-standard complex of the software necessary for composing and producing in film and media production. In tandem with incorporating the ever-increasing quality and availability of digital audio production software, including virtual instruments, media composers will deliver the pristine, professional sounding music now expected for film, TV, videogames, songs and even Broadway.
MPATC-UE 1500 Film Music: Historical and aesthetic Approches

2 credits
30 hours

This course explores the aesthetics and history of music in cinema. Through examination of scenes from seminal films, assigned readings of historical texts, lectures, and class discussion, the course examines the history of cinema from the viewpoint of its music and provides students with the tools to cogently analyze music for cinema. During the class, students learn to apply historical, cultural, and semiotic analytical methods to unfold the cultural and artistic significance of a movie and its music. No prior training in music is required.

MPATCE 1248-UE Composing for Film and Multimedia

3 credits
45 hours

Addressing the matrix of directorial vision and the visual, narrative, and dramatic world of a film, this course will examine a broad range of musical approaches and those requirements necessary for composing music for film and multimedia in the present. Cultural, cinematic, and musical codes will be discussed and critiqued through critical analyses of seminal scores, scoring assignments, and discussions. As Film Music is nowadays highly dependent on technology, the course will provide an introduction to the use of Computer software and tools to produce music.

MPATC-GE 2081 Advanced Orchestration: Screen Scoring
3 credits
45 hours

This hands-on course provides the students with a practical toolkit to enable them to become proficient orchestrators in the field of film and media production. Using examples from traditional and contemporary practices, students analyze seminal scores written for the screen, orchestrate diverse exercises, and evaluate the result of their work by listening to live recordings of their exercises.
During the course, students learn how to blend the acoustic instrumental palette with electronic music production, in order to incorporate seminal contemporary practices by the most prominent composers of our time. During the laboratory sessions, student will record diverse acoustic ensembles to form a hybrid orchestra. All the exercises in the class are designed to sharpen each student’s aesthetics by providing the means to control and refine their orchestration techniques.

MPATC-GE 2555 Music Editing for the Screen
3 credits
45 hours

Through a critical overview of industry practices for screen music production, this course covers the musical, aesthetic, and technical processes of assembling and shaping a film’s soundtrack in collaboration with the filmmaker and composer. Topics covered include “spotting” a film, assembling a “temp” score, conforming the score, and preparing music for recording or for the final film dubbing session.