Writing and Scoring for Strings

MUSC X 483.12

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.

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Winter
Summer
Remote
Starting at $1,999.00
As few as 11 weeks
4.0

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.
Prerequisites
The ability to read music, knowledge of music notation, and an understanding of the fundamentals of music theory.

Winter 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
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Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT
Enrollment Closed
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Instructor: Dr. Norman Ludwin
384426
Fee:
$1,999.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

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.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 12, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Focus on the Strings by Dr. Norman Ludwin
Textbook available at https://www.musicnewapproach.com/
Schedule
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Sat Jan 8, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
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Sat Jan 15, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Jan 22, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Jan 29, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Feb 5, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Feb 12, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Feb 19, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Feb 26, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Mar 5, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Mar 12, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Lecture
Sat Mar 19, 2022
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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