Film Scoring



Film Scoring is an art and technique of Composing Music for Films and Television. Film Scoring Course teaches the student:

  • The concepts, and applications of Functional Music, Incidental Music and Theme Music (Leitmotifs).
  • The techniques of writing music for dialogues to enhance the scenes of a Movie.
  • The techniques of writing music to communicate different moods of the character.
  • The techniques of writing music to communicate the sudden and drastic changes in the sequence of drama in the movie.
  • The important technique of telling the story musically.
  • The student will have enough study material to practice and master the art of Film Scoring.


  • The History of Film Music.
  • Early Films and Music: The Silent Movies.
  • The First Talkies: The Beginning of Synchronized Music.
  • The Studio System and the Studio Music Department.
  • Musical Styles-1930 to 1950: Golden Age of Hollywood.
  • Musical Styles 1950 to 1975.
  • Sectional Phrase structure writing.
  • 1975 to Today.
  • The Process of Scoring Music for Films.
  • Spotting Session.
  • Technical Requirements of the Score.
  • Physical Function.
  • Psychological Function.
  • Technical Function: Main Themes and Leitmotifs.
  • Following the Drama.
  • Writing Music for Dialogues.
  • Syncing Music to Picture.
  • Final Project.

  • Requirements


  • Age 16+
  • The students must have completed Music Theory 1, 2 and 3 courses or must have completed Grade 8 theory exam conducted by Trinity College of Music, London or ABRSM and should be good in Western Music Notation reading and writing. The Students must have completed Music Arranging 1 and 2 Courses or must be good in Arranging Music. It's mandatory that the student must have completed First Year Harmony (Tonal Harmony Course) or should be good in four-part writing. Optional: the student should have completed Orchestration.
  • Software and Hardware Requirements

  • Any sequencing software (Cubase or LogicPro).
  • The students should be able to sequence music using MIDI keyboard.
  • The Students should also know how to use VST Plug-ins.
  • The Students should buy the Kontakt Library, Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Woodwinds, Hollywood Brass, Trillian, Omnisphere, Piano, Electric Piano, and Groove Agent. Battery and Guitar VST Plug-ins.
  • PC or Mac system.
  • Good Soundcard.
  • MIDI Keyboard.
  • The Students should know how to import Videos into the Sequencing Software.
  • Required Textbooks

  • Film Scoring by Richard Davis.
  • Music Composition for Film and Television by Lalo Schifrin, Berklee Press.


    Weekly two classes and each class is one hour.

    Duration of the course is four months.