Pacific NW Film Scoring Program Announces New Master of Music (MM) in Film Composition Degree

Film Music Magazine • January 24, 2012

In September of 2011 the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program merged with the Seattle Film Institute – the Northwest‘s largest film school. Under the SFI umbrella, which already offers an MA in Film Producing and an MFA in Filmmaking, we are now offering the first and only one year Master of Music (MM) in Film Composition in the United States.

This program emphasizes the unique theory, compositional technique, aesthetics, business/legal and practical skills required for a career in media composition – writing music for film, television, video and interactive games. Our faculty is made up of active working composers, orchestrators, engineers and other related professionals who bring their practical knowledge into the classroom so that students are up to date on the latest developments in the field. Also, being part of the Seattle Film Institute gives our students the unique opportunity to work on site collaborating with and composing for student filmmakers.

This program is especially well suited to composition students or working professionals with advanced compositional backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career in composing for film and other media and who want to complete their degree in an intensive 10 month program.

As part of the program, students receive technical instruction – using individually assigned Mac workstations – learning the most commonly used software in the industry: Digital Performer, Logic, Pro-Tools, Finale and Sibelius. Additionally we include advanced midi classes featuring instruction in the use of various music libraries and plug-ins including the East West Orchestral Library and Native Instruments Komplete.

Besides creating electronically realized scores, the program also features more than 10 live recording sessions with professional musicians in professional studios. These sessions vary from 4 – 50 musicians allowing every student to assemble a portfolio of work that ranges from the current television trend of electronics plus a small live group all the way to a full studio orchestra.

Scholarships are available for qualified applicants. The application process may be started online, but applicants must also submit a portfolio of work. We have rolling admissions until we reach our quota and applications are now being accepted for the 2012/2013 school year.

Additional course and program information, online application and portfolio submission instructions can be found at:

http://seattlefilminstitute.com/graduate/mm/master-music-film-composition-pacific-northwest-film-scoring-program

For more information about the program, contact Hummie Mann, Director – Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program (hummie@pnwfilmmusic.com) with any questions.

Comments

By Jill Kremer on January 23rd, 2012 at 9:10 am

Many of my colleagues are former students of Hummie Mann and are extrordinary composers as a result. This is a wonderful opportunity!

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