Songwriting for Film and TV

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This course aims to reinforce and explore the techniques involved in writing songs that specifically cater to the preferences of music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across various genres. Throughout the course, students will engage in the creation of several short songs, each providing an opportunity to master specific techniques essential for success as a songwriter for visual media. Additionally, students will have the task of writing and producing a full-length song intended for featured use in a movie scene. Collaborative opportunities with classmates and guided feedback from the instructor will allow for iterative improvements to their compositions. The primary objective of the course is to equip students with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively place their songs in popular television series or hit movies. By adopting a director's perspective, students will develop the skills to write songs that enhance the overall production, elevating their potential for successful placements in the industry.

This course is required to take the Songwriting/Sync focused Senior Seminar and Directed Study. 

SW-212; SW-222; and SW-161, SW-181, or SW-191
Required Of
SONG majors in the Songwriting/Sync Focus
Electable By
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Film and Media Scoring
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring
Course Chair
Rodney Alejandro
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