Film Scoring II: Composition Techniques for Writing Dramatic Music

This class primarily examines how to use the many individual aspects of music (for example: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Register, Voicings) to compose music that creates a particular dramatic effect—sadness, triumph, suspense, comedic, and so on.

Pre Requisite: Film Scoring I and demonstrated competence in knowledge of music theory by passing music theory test administered on the first day of the program.

Other topics include:

  • Contemporry harmonic practice and systems used in film composition
  • Composing themes and methods of thematic development
  • Dramatic and technical variations of themes
  • Using background textures to convey different emotions and levels of propulsion
  • Techniques for controlling dissonance to create tension
  • Introduction to orchestration concepts