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NYU/BMI TV Scoring Workshop

Screen Scoring Summer Workshops


Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is taking the summer off! Our acclaimed Summer Programs and Workshops will not be offered in 2024 as we plan for more compelling and varied offerings in 2025 and beyond. Please sign up now to receive information about Summer 2025 as soon as it is available. Thank you.


Led by a yearly rotating cast of top professionals like Sean Callery (24, Homeland), Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, Feud), David Schwartz (Arrested Development, The Good Place), Nathan Barr (The Americans, True Blood), Blake Neely (Arrow, Riverdale), Chad Fischer (Scandal, Garden State), and Ben Decter (Lucifer, Lethal Weapon) — and featuring industry guests such as composers Peter Nashel (Marco Polo, Incorporated) and Mandy Hoffman (I Love Dick), and more — the NYU/BMI Television Scoring Workshop will immerse you in all aspects of scoring for television. Last year’s workshop was led by Sean Callery, David Schwartz, and Ben Decter.

This 12-day workshop will give you the real-life experiences of how to be creative with limited resources, interface with key players of post-production teams, and successfully deliver on time in high-pressure situations and under short deadlines. Over the course of the workshop, you’ll receive professional instruction how to:

Blake Neely with headphones on next to a workshop participant

Blake Neely on a “break” listening to a participant’s cue

  • Streamline your creative process
  • Create professional mock-ups and final mixes
  • Work within the confines of the TV ‘work week’
  • Get the most out of your sample libraries
  • Work with showrunners, music editors, and producers
Screenshot of Sean Callery demonstrating how he scored a scene from Homeland

Sean Callery walks us through scoring a scene from Homeland.

Screenshot of John Kaefer leading a virtual tour of his template

John Kaefer leads a virtual tour of his template.

TV Scoring FAQs

As a participant, your work will be critiqued by top composers in the field and NYU Steinhardt's acclaimed Screen Scoring faculty, and you will mix your music with top industry professionals.

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Professional Mixing in Dolan

Professional mixer Angie Teo mixes a participant’s work

Application Requirements     

  1. Fill out your personal information     
  2. Submit a short statement introducing yourself and explaining your past experience in screen scoring. You may also submit, optionally, a one-page bio.    
  3. Select the workshop (or workshops) you are interested in applying to, and specify if you are interested in applying as a participant or as an auditor.     
  4. Submit 3-6 audio/video files to showcase your music. Submit your best work, regardless of its connection with the workshop you are applying to. We are not judging your past experience in the field, but your overall composing/production skills.      

For each file, submit 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.