Writing and Scoring for Strings
This comprehensive workshop in writing music for the string family takes a thorough look at the contemporary and historical use of the strings in both film and concert music composition.
What you can learn.
- Study the use of strings in film scores by John Williams, Bernard Herrman, Thomas Newman, and more
- Engage with the scores of concert performers such as Brahms, Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and more
- Examine how film composition has utilized concert music for specific techniques
- Engage with guest musician professionals as they explain their instrument of choice
- Write a final piece to be recorded by a string quintet
About this course:This comprehensive workshop in writing music for the string family--violin, viola, cello, and double bass--takes a thorough look at the contemporary and historical use of the strings and their usage in both film and concert music composition. The film composers studied include Bernard Herrmann, John Williams, Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Jerry Goldsmith. The concert composers include Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel, Leonard Bernstein, Edward Elgar, Igor Stravinsky, and John Adams. The course examines how film composition has utilized concert music for specific techniques, as well as for inspiration. Many sessions feature one of the members of the string family, with top professionals from L.A. recording studios demonstrating their respective instruments and playing student compositions. The final project is the writing and subsequent recording of a work for string quintet.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Remote instruction courses are taught online in real-time with regularly scheduled class meetings held via Zoom. Course materials can be accessed any time through an online learning platform.
No meeting July 3, 2021.
Discounts cannot be applied to a portion of fees for this course.
Students' pieces will be recorded remotely. For more information on the remote recording process, please see this interview with Recording Engineer Damon Tedesco: https://entertainment.uclaextension.edu/remote-recording-damon-tedesco/
Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required. Materials required.