Put Your Music to Work: Composition for Commercials
What you can learn.
- Hone your scoring skills by composing for a 30-second commercial each week
- Explore topics such as advertising techniques, styles of scoring, and the ad formula
- Discuss your work and engage with the instructor in weekly screenings
- Understand standard business practices, self-promotion, and dealing with competitive demos
About this course:
Thousands of TV commercials are produced and scored every year, and the advertising business is always looking for something fresh, new, and different. In this online course, composers fine-tune their musical skills to become more precise and focused composers. Each week, participants are given a different commercial video to score, as well as a second writing assignment that is music only. The latter assignment is to build up the student’s own library of music. Assignments are constructively critiqued by the instructor with specific detailed feedback on what improvements are advised to make the music fit the commercial requirements and stand out in a sea of competitive resources. At the end of the course, students who complete the course will have a compilation of their work to be used for their own promotion at their website or online viewing portal. Topics include concepts of advertising techniques, styles of scoring, the ad formula, self-promotion, standard business practices, and how to deal with competitive demos.
It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Put Your Music to Work: Composition for Commercials.
Winter 2019 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.
Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Internet access required.