Music Composition for Media

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. Course work includes analysis of existing musical examples which demonstrate the building blocks of composition. These building blocks include melody, harmony, rhythm, and form as applied to specific dramatic situations. Students will compose several short original pieces modeled after the various analysis examples presented.

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

  • Analyze form based on perceptual element of a film

  • Identify what, musically, creates specific emotional effects across musical genres

  • Evaluate when and how to hit specific points in a film vs. playing through

  • Develop a musical motive

  • Analyze the development of a theme from one cue to another across a complete film

Instructor: Chee-Ping Ho

f-57-162-9880476_3MVjr4Ew_Chee-Ping_Ho_4zCgChee-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
Ho continues to work on many music productions in the United States
and Asia as film composer, orchestrator, arranger, recording and mix engineer.
He visits different parts of the world to discover old & new musical elements
for his compositions. Ho enjoys exploring the challenges and unique sounds created by writing for diverse ensembles from 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.
Ho also 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.

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