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Master of Music in Film Composition - Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program has partnered with The Seattle Film Institute to offer the only one year masters degree in music composition for film and media available in the United States. This MM (Master of Music) in Film Composition degree is a thorough immersion into writing music for Film, TV, and other media and prepares graduates to enter those fields with the skill set, experience, and professional portfolio necessary to launch a successful career.
The MM Program offers students more contact hours with instructors than any other program of its type. Throughout the program, students will be guided every step of the way as they learn the art and craft, business, techniques and technology of writing music for film and media. The program features class instruction by active, working professionals with extremely low classroom student-to-teacher ratios and many opportunities for one on one interaction through directed study.
Each MM student is assigned a state-of-the-art MIDI workstation in our lab on which to work during the duration of the program. The lab is available to the students after class hours for both supervised (by our technology faculty) and unsupervised hours. The technology component of the program trains students on the leading software programs used in the industry: Digital Performer, Logic, Pro-Tools, Finale and Sibelius as well as advanced midi-courses that cover plug-ins and sound libraries.
In addition to many assignments realized using the MIDI stations, MM students will have 9 recording opportunities writing for professional session musicians and recorded in professional studios. The instrumentation for these sessions will range from a full 50 piece studio orchestra, to scoring for rhythm section and combining live musicians with electronic elements. These projects will be written and produced to professional standards and will cover a wide variety of styles and scoring techniques.
Writing music for film is a deeply collaborative endeavor, and the collaboration begins early in this program, as students compose the music for the projects of their filmmaking peers at the school. The Seattle Film Institute offers an ecosystem of creative collaboration rarely found in the academic world. We strive to mirror the professional environment in this regard.
Taught by two-time Emmy Award winning composer Hummie Mann, this MM program provides a thorough immersion into writing music for film, television, video games and other media. Students gain the skill set, experience, and professional portfolio necessary to launch successful careers.
The goal of The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program is to produce the most prepared graduates of any film-scoring program currently offered.
Over 800 hours of class instruction and supervised lab time
Writing for professional session musicians
State-of-the-art workstations assigned to each student for the duration of the program
Extensive guidance from outstanding instructors who are working professionals
Professional studio-recording environment
Writing for ensembles of various sizes - up to and including a 52-piece orchestra
Develop a professional demo reel
All classes meet from 9am-1:30pm Monday-Friday, with supervised lab time available in the afternoon and unsupervised lab times evenings and weekends.
If you're ready to apply for the Masters of Music in Film Composition, follow this link: Masters of Music application page.