The Art and Soul of Cinema:
An Appreciation of Film Music
Sean Hagon and Dan Schmunk, Instructors
Wed 7:30 - 9:00
1.5 Credits: $940
FALL SEMESTER ONLY
This course explains the various functions of music in film and clearly describes the roles of producers, directors and all other roles in cinema and shows how they each relate to the composer and the musical score for a given film. The evolution of film music from 1895 to the present is discussed and examined covering many of the representative film scores, film composers and styles and trends along the journey. Functions of film scoring and the operational aspects of the film music industry are also discussed along with interviews of music editors, orchestrators, film music agents, studio musicians, music copyists, music contractors and others within the business. Composers will be further examined using video and audio excerpts, representative scores, biography and a listing of the composer’s recognizable compositional style. This course is a must for movie goers, composers and film music enthusiasts. This course fulfills the Music History/Literature requirement for Certificate Students.
Prerequisite: The ability to read and notate basic music notation (melody and rhythm).
Reel Music: Exploring Music in Film
THIS NON-CREDIT COURSE IS OFFERED AT OUR ACTON LOCATION
Sean Hagon, Instructor
This course will increase your understanding and enjoyment of both music and film. The evolution of film music from 1895 to the present is discussed and examined covering many of the representative film scores, film composers, styles and trends. The course will expand your critical thinking capabilities and accumulate tools that one can apply when listening to film scores. In addition, the course will study how music functions in a given film, regardless of musical style. In the process, students will discover music that establishes psychological moods, guides emotions and reveals aspects of an unfolding narrative. By the end of the course students will have gained a greater understanding of both music and film.