Music Composition for Media


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Music Composition for Media

June 8July 31, 2020

This course combines analysis and composition techniques in order to provide students with the basic musical skills necessary for composing music for media. Focusing on the principles, terminology, procedures, technical aspects and understanding creative considerations of scoring for media, this course will help music teachers gain better insight into the process of composing for media and incorporate these concepts into the music classroom. Course work includes analysis of existing musical examples which demonstrate the building blocks of composition, including melody, harmony, rhythm, form and basic orchestration as applied to specific dramatic situations. Students will compose several short original pieces modeled after various analysis examples are presented.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze form based on perceptual element of a scene
  • Identify terms related to the structural components of a scene
  • Identify what, musically, creates specific emotional effects across musical genres
  • Evaluate when and how to play-through versus hitting specific points in a scene
  • Develop a musical motive
  • Develop and orchestrate a musical theme
  • Create an effective lesson plan for this subject

Instructor: Chee-Ping Ho

f-57-162-9880476_3MVjr4Ew_Chee-Ping_Ho_4zCg Chee-Ping Ho holds a Master of Science in music technology degree from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and a Bachelor of Music dual-major degree in contemporary writing and production and music production and engineering from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ho works on many music productions in the United States and across Asia as film composer, orchestrator, arranger, recording and mix engineer.
Ho visits different parts of the world to discover old and new musical elements for his compositions. He enjoys exploring the challenges and unique sounds created by writing for diverse ensembles including orchestra, wind band, marching band and small ensembles. His commissions continue lend themselves to new audiences worldwide.
Ho currently serves as the Academic Technology Division Manager for Berklee College of Music, where he develops, implements and researches new academic technology for the departments and institutes of Music Technology, Music Writing, Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Business, Professional Music, Liberal Arts, Visually Impaired and Special Needs. In addition, Ho is an associate lecturer at University of Massachussetts Boston. He has represented the Massachusetts Music Education Association (MMEA) Conference Committee Technology, a state chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and has presented numerous clinics in music and technology. He is also a freelance music technology consultant for local colleges and high schools, and serves on numerous committees.

Course Details

Music Composition for Media

Course Code 7920

Chee-Ping Ho

3 Graduate Credits

$1,050, due in full with registration

Early bird special: Register by
April 17 and save $100!

Tuition must be paid in full at the
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Software/Hardware Requirements
Students must have access to notation software (i.e., MuseScore, BandLab, Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, etc.). MuseScore and BandLab, both free, will be the main notation and online DAW programs for this course. Notation software must have the capability to import and export in Music XML format. Students are advised to create a free BandLab for Education account prior to the start of the course.

MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Summer 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 8. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 8, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times while others have a flexible meeting schedule; please check individual course descriptions and details. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If you are unable to attend the scheduled live meeting time, please consult your instructor to make alternative arrangements.

You'll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You'll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Transcript requests can be made online using the Transcript Request Form. Any inquiries regarding transcripts should be directed to the Registrar’s Office at 312.788.1151. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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