Online Film & TV Music Courses

Our online film & television music courses use state of the art technology to bring you practical music education and training from the comfort of your home or office.

Our online courses are taught by knowledgeable, experienced music industry veterans who deliver practical, actionable knowledge and skills you can put to use in your career immediately.

Each course consists of a series of online presentations plus downloadable course materials and email access to the instructor for any questions. Courses also include access to our online student forum for each course where you can discuss topics with other students and the instructor and gain new perspective about how to apply the knowledge and skills you learn in the course.

Orchestration and Related Skills

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Delivery Mode: Online Course Available 24/7 with Instructor Access via email

Instructor: Veteran film & television orchestrator Scott Smalley

Course Fee: $395 including all downloadable materials

Syllabus: This 2-part online course is the online version of the industry’s most popular and longest running orchestration course taught by Scott Smalley for over 25 years.

This intensive look at the specific orchestration techniques of master film composers including Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Basil Poledouris, Alan Silvestri, David Newman and others will show you how these master composers achieve the richest, strongest and most effective sound from live orchestras. Through the use of audio examples and detailed scores and sketches from top films that course participants download and refer to during the 39 lessons comprising the course, Scott Smalley explains and demonstrates specific orchestration techniques and shows you how and why they work.

The course is divided into two parts – Part 1 explains important orchestration concepts including techniques of balancing and voicing the orchestra and the use of the Zed Clef, a special technique developed by Scott to guide the process of creating voicings and harmonizations. This is followed by detailed lessons about orchestrating for strings.

Delivery Mode: Online Course Available 24/7 with Instructor Access via email

Instructor: Veteran film & television orchestrator Scott Smalley

Course Fee: $395 including all downloadable materials

Syllabus: This 2-part online course is the online version of the industry’s most popular and longest running orchestration course taught by Scott Smalley for over 25 years.

This intensive look at the specific orchestration techniques of master film composers including Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Basil Poledouris, Alan Silvestri, David Newman and others will show you how these master composers achieve the richest, strongest and most effective sound from live orchestras. Through the use of audio examples and detailed scores and sketches from top films that course participants download and refer to during the 39 lessons comprising the course, Scott Smalley explains and demonstrates specific orchestration techniques and shows you how and why they work.

Part 2 of the course focuses on orchestrating for brass and orchestrating for woodwinds, and closes with a discussion of orchestral recording techniques and other additional topics.