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The Creative Musician: Film Score Composition for Movies and Films (9-12 Yrs)

An interactive introductory class where learners will study the basics of writing a musical score for a film and compose their own score for a short movie!
Becca VanZant, Piano, Theory, and Songwriting
18 total reviews for this teacher
New class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Learners will study the basics of film score composition, including which instruments usually communicate different emotions, the distinction between melody and harmony, how to follow the action in the movie, and orchestration, or arranging their music for a variety of instruments. By the end of the course, learners will be able to open, load, and edit instruments in either GarageBand or ProTools Intro, write music that lines up with the movie, and put their music into a movie!
I earned a Bachelor of Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games from Berklee College of Music and am a professional film score composer.
There are five assignments over this six-week course, all of which should be submitted through the "Teacher" tab in the classroom. With approval from me (I'll check to make sure I can hear their audio and that only appropriate sounds are recorded in their project), learners are welcome to share their final project with their classmates during the sixth class! Beginning and experienced musicians alike will be encouraged to share their compositions with their classmates!

Assignment details: 

After Class One, the assignment is to record and export a melody in either GarageBand or ProTools Intro and upload it to me.

After Class Two assignment is to add harmony to the melody from Class One.

After Class Three, the assignment is to pick a final project video and write a melody for it. We will watch the videos in class, and I will post them in the classroom after our meeting.

After Class Four, the assignment is to write a harmony for the final project melody and orchestrate both the melody and harmony.

After Class Five, the assignment is to finish writing and editing their own musical score.
Learners can complete the course using software instruments and sounds, but should they want to record themselves playing their instrument, I recommend using headphones and a USB microphone, although headphones and a computer microphone will also do the trick.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The learners will receive written and video feedback from me.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
We will use several programs during this class. If your learner has a Mac, I recommend using GarageBand and its included instruments. The program is free to download but requires the creation of an iCloud account, which is automatically created with the creation of an iCloud account, used to store information on Macs. The program will work the same if the account is created by the learner's parent or guardian. 
If your learner uses a PC, I recommend Avid's ProTools Intro combined with Kontakt Komplete Start. Both are free programs! They both require the creation of an account (Avid and Kontakt), and both will work well if the accounts are created under the parent or guardian's name.
We will also use some clean but interesting videos as our in-class examples and for the final project. Learners will only be allowed to use the provided films in class. I am happy to provide versions for the parents or guardians to view before class if requested.
Learners should come prepared with either GarageBand (Mac) or ProTools Intro and Kontakt Komplete Start (PC) installed. Links to the free applications are included elsewhere on this page.


Becca VanZant, Piano, Theory, and Songwriting
Lives in the United States
Musician, composer, foley artist, sound designer, and Lord of the Rings enthusiast!
18 total reviews
41 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool! I'm Miss Becca, a lover of music, knitting, books, and baking. Having a Bachelor's in Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games from Berklee College of Music, I teach creative classes on writing music, performing music, music... 
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