Melody Writing – Main Titles

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Course Number: MUCP110-HS2018
Course Instructor: Christopher Young
Guest Artists: Directors from Chris’ feature film projects


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

Melody Writing – Main Title Sequences

It is my suspicion that the reason you got into film music is because you fell in love with a tune you heard in a movie that you could not get out of your head. My goal, over the coming weeks, is to improve your skills as a melody writer. For now, we will talk about the importance of using melody and how to craft singable, memorable melodies, and later we will discuss ways to develop multiple melodies during the course of a feature film score. Assignments will include listening, analysis and melodies in song form, and how this all applies to you creating your own music for a Main Title sequence. Some of the films for study and review include; Spiderman 3, Murder in the First, The Hurricane, Drag Me To Hell, The Vagrant, Deliver Us From Evil, and Bless The Child.

Class Schedule – Summer 2018

There is only 1 SECTION offered for this course.

Wednesdays from May 23rd – June 20th from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

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Virtual Classroom

Christopher Young will present his course “live” from Los Angeles via the ETHOS virtual classroom. Details for access to the virtual classroom will be made available to you after you register for the course.