Courses

Composition for Film (1) Melody Writing – Main Titles (2) Techniques for Scoring Horror-Thriller-Suspense Genres

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Course Number(s): MUCP110 – MUCP210
Course Instructor: Christopher Young
Guest Artists: Directors from Chris’ feature film projects

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Composer Christopher Young was born on April 28, 1957 in Red Bank, New Jersey. After graduating from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Young went on to pursue his post-graduate studies at North Texas State University. Christopher moved to Los Angeles, California in 1980. He was originally a jazz drummer, but decided to become a film composer instead after listening to some of Bernard Herrmann’s work. Moreover, Young not only has studied with noted composer David Raksin at UCLA Film School, but also teaches at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Christopher was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk Award at the 2008 BMI Film and TV Awards.

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Course Description(s)

Please note: This LMS applies to both of Christopher Young’s courses in composition for film; (1) Melody Writing – Main Titles Sequences and (2) Techniques for Scoring H-T-S Genres (special project; students to re-score, “Sinister”) [···]

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Music for Video Games

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Course Number: MUVG300
Course Instructor: Jesse Harlin

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Jesse Harlin was the Staff Composer for LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company. Most known as the composer for the soundtrack to Star Wars: Republic Commando, he has been scoring games in the industry since 1999. Since 2003, he has been working for LucasArts and has worked on games such as Gladius, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (game), Star Wars Battlefront II and The Force Unleashed.

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Course Description

This comprehensive course explores a variety of topics, including; the history of game music, composing and editing loops, working with game audio and engines, adaptive music, and lessons in building a demo reel you can pitch to publishers, agents and audio leads. [···]

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Music for Television

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Course Number: MUCP106
Course Instructor: Mike Simon
Guest Artist: Mark Isham

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Mike has been actively working in the Los Angeles Film and TV music industry for 9 years.  A graduate of the USC Scoring for Motion Picture and Film program, he went on to work with several high profile composers in the world of television and film.  He currently works with Mark Isham on “Once Upon A Time” (ABC) as well as his own personal projects, most notably the film “The Squeeze” in 2015.

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Course Description

Writing music for scripted episodic television is often very fast paced due to the tight deadlines and large amounts of music required.   While your own creative ability does play a role in how successful you can be in this medium, there is a whole host of other aspects that play just as important a role.  This course will discuss what it’s like to write music for scripted episodic television and explore important skills and methods that you will find helpful (if not completely necessary) for successfully working in the medium. [···]

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Orchestration – Music Preparation

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Course Number: MUCP102
Course Instructors: Marcus Sjöwall 

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Course Description

Through a series of assignments, students will prepare the raw midi of a cue, orchestrate it, and create professional quality parts.  Interspersed with assignment review, examples of ‘before-and-after orchestration’ will be shown and discussed, during which students will gain insight in the significance of a live recording, as well as the process of how to get there.

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Sync – Streamers and Protools Delivery

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Course Number: MUPD200
Course Instructor: Sean Dougall

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Course Description

Synchronization takes many forms throughout the scoring process, each with its own pitfalls. And in a fixed medium like film or television, even the most masterfully composed and produced score can fail completely if it doesn’t fit to picture. How do we produce a score from beginning to end, navigating a maze of competing standards, and guaranteeing that the assets we deliver will stay in sync even after they leave our hands? [···]

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Film Music 101

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Course Number: MUCP101
Course Instructor: Daniel Wehr
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Since 2009 Daniel resides in Los Angeles (US) and in Munich, Germany. He works as composer, orchestrator and instrumentalist. He was involved in several international Hollywood productions. Highlights include; 53rd Grammys, The Dark Night, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Killing Season, David Foster & Seal album 6.

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Course Description

Film Music 101 is a comprehensive introduction to film music and film music dramaturgy. The movie composer is a true magician, the person who pulls the invisible strings and leaves everyone astonished. In this course his tricks and secret elixirs are revealed, how to manipulate and influence the audience’s subconscious.  They will think and feel what you want!

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Directing the Composer Workshop

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Course Number: CTST800
Course Instructor: Brian King
Guest Artists: TBA

Brian King is the founder of Ethos – Education Online, based on his professional work in music and with the University of Southern California (1997 – 2012). While with USC, as an associate professor of practice, Brian was the program director and department chair for the internationally recognised program, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from 2002 – 2012.

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Workshop Description

This 5-day workshop will provide the director with a thorough understanding of the role music plays in film , the emotional impact it has on the narrative, as well as how to work directly with the composer. [···]

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Music Libraries in Film, Television and Advertising

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Course Number: MUCP101
Course Instructor: Daniel Wehr
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In addition to work on many international film scores, Wehr has an extensive background as an arranger and producer of pop, dance and rock. He also never lost track of his commissioned concert music. Daniel is CEO of AudioSpike, Musical Director of CineTronic Music and oversees his music labels in the US as well as in Europe.

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Course Description

Library music (also known as stock music or production music) is the name given to recorded music that can be licensed to customers for use in film, television, radio and other media.

In this course the know how, ins and out of library music for reality TV, trailers, award shows and commercials are revealed. We will simulate real life situations, exploring and writing for diverse libraries. [···]

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