Composition Department

Information about courses in music scoring

MUS-K 302/502 - Independent Study in Music Scoring for Visual Media

1-3 credits, depending on the scope of the project. ("Double Exposure" is 1 credit)

P: Permission of instructor. Contact Professor Groupé with any questions.

MUS-K 455/555 - Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media: Synthestration

Spring 2018: 3 Credits.  1:00-2:15pm  WF, ESB328

This course is designed for music majors that want to improve their Midi demo skills.

In depth study and practice of creating strong Midi realizations of concert music, media and film music, EDM, and many other genres. Through the use of sample libraries and DAW techniques, participants will translate their Sibelius/Finale scores, or DAW exclusive compositions, into superior sounding audio demos. Additional study of signal processing techniques and demo mixing will be explored along with current industry standard workflows.  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Technical recommendation:
Though there will be a master workstation with software available for student use, it is suggested that students own or have at their disposal use of:
1) Digital Audio Workstation (DAW, sequencer)
2) Sound library (orchestral library, softsynth, extras as desired)

P: Permission of instructor and demonstrated background in MIDI and composition.

Contact Professor Thomas with any questions.

MUS-K 455/555 - Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media: Editing Music to Picture – Long Form

Spring 2018: 3 credits.  10:10A-11:25 MW, FF 304C

Course designed for music majors, filmmakers and other Media School students, and all those interested in how dramatic music functions in an effective manner in media.

In depth study and practice of the dramatic art of scoring music to picture. Participants will select and edit music into a variety of media samples; such as Film, Television and Gaming. Ancillary lectures and discussions will include the current business climate in Hollywood and the skill sets one would need to pursue a career in media. 

P: none, but Permission of Instructor is required; Contact Professor Groupé with any questions.

MUS-K 455/555 - Topics in Music Scoring for Visual Media: Composing Music to Picture – Long Form

Spring 2018: 3 credits.  9:45-11:00 TR, M 373 

Course designed to for music majors with significant composing and/or arranging skills.

In depth study and practice of the dramatic art of scoring original music to picture. Participants will compose, produce demos and orchestrate original music to a variety of media samples; such as Film, Television and Gaming. Ancillary lectures and discussions will include the current business climate in Hollywood and the skill sets one would need to pursue a career as a media composer. Semester will culminate in a recording session of multiple scenes you will have written over the semester.

Technical recommendation:
Though there will be workstations with software available for student use, it is suggested that students own or have at their disposal use of:
1) Digital Audio Workstation (DAW, sequencer)
2) Sound library (orchestral library, softsynth, extras as desired)

Examples:
1) Digital Performer, Logic, Pro Tools or CuBase
2) Orchestral: East/West, Cineorch, Symphobia, LASS; SYNTH: Omnisphere, Absynth, etc.

Packages may be available with student discounts.

P: Permission of instructor and demonstrated background in MIDI and composition.

AND:

For composition majors, or non-majors by permission of the director of CECM: 

MUS K403-404 (3-3 cr.) Electronic Studio Resources I & II  (Concurrent registration with K404 is allowed)

For other music majors: 

Composition or Arranging. 2-3 credits from:

i. MUS K100 Composition (3 cr.), or

ii. MUS O316 Jazz Arranging I (2 cr.) 

For Media School students: 

MUS Z111-211 (3-3 cr.) or MUS T109 (3 cr.) & MUS T151 (3 cr.)

Contact Professor Groupé with any questions.