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Screen Scoring Summer Workshops

Update: Summer 2021 Remote Workshops

Due to COVID-19 related concerns and regular updates we receive from both New York State and New York City government as well as NYU leadership, we have made the decision to convert the Screen Scoring Summer Workshops to a remote workshop series for the summer of 2021. While we would of course have preferred to meet you all in person this year, we are optimistic about some of the new opportunities that running remotely affords us. For more information about how this impacts each of the workshops, please follow the link below to a designated coronavirus FAQs page.


At the NYU Steinhardt Screen Scoring program, we are dedicated to creating a generation of composers that thrive in all aspects of the modern media scoring industry. We oer four exciting back-to-back summer workshops in film, television, videogame, and advertising, all in the epicenter of the global music and film industries, New York City.

As a participant in these workshops, you will be mentored and critiqued by industry professionals every step of the way. Depending on your interests and focus, you can choose to apply to any combination of our workshops. You can even attend all four, and spend an exciting month immersed in screen scoring.

Examples of past faculty include:

Mark Snow (The X-Files, Blue Bloods), Michael Levine (Siren, Star Wars: Detours), Suzana Peric (The Lord of the Rings, The Silence of the Lambs), Todd Kasow (True Grit, Wonderstruck), Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, Feud), Nate Barr (The Americans, True Blood), Blake Neely (Arrow, Riverdale), Pete Nashel (Marco Polo, Incorporated), Tass Fillipos (The Americans, The Departed), Tom Salta (Halo, Killer Instinct), Jason Kanter (Avalanche Studios), Gina Zdanowicz (Serial Lab), Eric Hachikian (Marco Polo, When We First Met), Jay Wadley (The OA, Indignation), Keith D’Arcy (SONGS Music Publishing), Karen Macmillan (Imagem / Concord Music) and more.

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    NYU Film Scoring Workshop

    An intensive two weeks of coaching from successful composers as they guide you through writing, recording, and mixing your music with top mixers in NYC.

    Tuesday, June 1 - Saturday, June 12, 2021

    NYU/BMI TV Scoring Workshop

    Learn how to be creative with limited resources, interface with key players of post-production teams, and successfully deliver in high-pressure situations.

    Monday, June 14 - Friday, June 25, 2021

    NYU Scoring for Videogames Workshop

    Engage with the aesthetic and technical aspects of composing music for videogames in a hands on workshop led by top industry composer, Tom Salta.

    Sunday, June 27 - Friday, July 2, 2021

    NYU/BMI Scoring for Advertising Workshop

    Learn to write music for advertising quickly and efficiently, under real-world conditions.

    Monday, July 5 - Thursday, July 8, 2021

    Applying to the Workshops

    There is one general application for our Screen Scoring Workshops. Applicants will be able to indicate for which workshops they would like to be considered, and submit the respective audition requirements. After reviewing your materials, we may recommend alternate or additional workshops we believe would benefit you as a composer.

    When you apply, you must apply as an Auditor OR as a Participant:

    • As a Participant, you have an active role in workshop activities; your work will be critiqued by guest star faculty. 
    • As an Auditor, you may attend all the workshop activities and critiques, but your work will not be critiqued.

    Participant spots are limited, but if you are not accepted as a participant you will be offered a spot as an auditor.

    When applicants participate in multiple workshops they are eligible for the following discounts:

    Attend Two Workshops: 5% discount
    Attend Three or Four Workshops: 10% discount

    NOTE: Auditors may apply to workshops up until the day before the workshop begins.

    How to Apply

    Step 1: Submitting your Online Application (starting January 15th).
    After you submit your application successfully, you will be sent an email link to the website SLATE where you can upload your audition material and pay the $55 application fee.

    Step 2: Uploading your Audition Submission & Supplemental Material.

    Please note: You must have your application number in order to successfully begin this step. This application number is provided after completing the online application in Step 1.

    Submission Requirements

    Please note: These requirements only apply if you are applying as a Participant. If you want to apply to multiple workshops, you only need to submit one application.

    Past experience in screen scoring is not required. To be considered as a Participant, you will need to submit 3-6 audio/video files to showcase your music. Submit your best work, regardless of its connection to the workshop you are applying to. We are not judging your past experience in the field, but your overall composing / production skills. 

    For each audio/video file, you must include a PDF explaining the purpose or context of the piece/track, the composing process, technical details if applicable (libraries used, sound processors, software, etc.) and any other relevant information.

    If you are applying to the Film Scoring Workshop: Orchestral Ensemble Track, at least two of the pieces submitted must be for orchestra or large ensemble, and you must submit a score for each of them. If you are applying to other workshops, you can also submit a score or sketch for your pieces, optionally. 

    Deadlines (all workshops)

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
    Scholarship Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

    Refund Policy and Timeline:

    • $55 Application fee is non-refundable
    • $150 Enrollment Deposit (to hold your spot in the workshop) is non-refundable
    • Full course fee refund is available until one week before the workshop begins.  After that, no refund is available. 

    NOTE: Exceptions can be made for medical or personal emergencies only. These are handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Screen Scoring FAQs

    Contact Us

    Questions about Application, Finances, Housing, and Meal Plans
    Summer Programs

    Questions About Workshop Content
    Workshop Coordinators: Sergi Casanelles, 
    Hunter Hanson, and Kat Vokes

    Applications for the 2021 Screen Scoring Workshops are closed.