Gain a thorough understanding of the key concepts, scoring techniques, and compositional styles used in Hollywood projects and TV music in Berkleemusic’s 3-course Specialist Certificate in Music for Film & TV.
In order to place music to film or TV, you first need to understand the background and developments of these mediums. The Language of Film and TV begins with an overview of the origins of cinema, examining the role of narrative, acting, and sound, and how they evolved. You will also learn about documentary, experimental, and animated film, and examine how digital technology is changing film, television, and media today. By the end of the course, you’ll be well versed in the design and visual elements of film and television.
You will then begin to apply this foundational knowledge in Film Scoring 101. This course begins with an overview of the aesthetics, terminology, procedures, and technical aspects of film scoring. From there you’ll be applying these skills towards the class project of scoring a short film. By using a broad range of techniques including click tracks, spotting, scoring under dialogue, free timing, and the creative use of overlap cues, you'll learn how to develop a dramatic concept for your score and how to synchronize it seamlessly to visual events. You'll also learn some invaluable self-promotion tips, such as creating an effective scoring demo and ways to collaborate on scoring projects.
You’ll finish the program with Music Composition for Film and TV. In this course you’ll focus on a different genre of music for film and TV every week—themes such as romance, sadness/sorrow, heroic action, action/adventure, horror, and comedy. You will analyze each genre in terms of melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration. You will also be looking at scores from the biggest composers in Hollywood—scores that are typically not available publicly. The musical examples include composers such as John Williams, Aaron Zigman, Jerry Goldsmith, and Alf Clausen, who composed a piece specifically for this course.
After completing this certificate program, you’ll have a full understanding of the ins and outs of creating music, in any genre, for film and television–information you can use to begin or further your career in these exciting and potentially lucrative mediums.
Learn to write music in the style of big budget Hollywood films and TV programs. Analyze melody, harmony, counterpoint, tempo, rhythm, and orchestration in a variety of genres to gain a complete “recipe book” for writing for film and TV.
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