Film, TV, & Video Game Music Composition + Production Basics
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Film, TV, & Video Game Music Composition + Production Basics

Learn how to Write, Produce, Mix, & Master professional-quality Music for Film, TV, & Video Games! All levels welcome!
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4.2 (43 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
281 students enrolled
Created by Steven Melin
Last updated 7/2017
English
Current price: $99 Original price: $200 Discount: 50% off
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Includes:
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Compose & Produce unique, memorable, and effective music for Film, TV, and Video Games
  • Mix & Master high-quality professional-standard music for Film, TV, and Video Games
  • Write in multiple styles and genres
  • Record with live instruments
  • Notate sheet music and chord charts
  • Synthesize and Sample Electronic Music
  • Orchestrate from Piano to Large Ensemble
  • Build a successful Portfolio and Demo Reel
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Requirements
  • Access to Notation Software (Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore, etc.)
  • Access to DAW (Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, etc.)
  • Basic Music Theory knowledge. Try the 10 Question Pre-Test to see if you're ready for this course!
Description

Updated July 2017

*BEST-SELLING COURSE SINCE 2016*

*TOP-RATED COURSE IN MUSIC COMPOSITION & GAME MUSIC CATEGORIES SINCE 2016*

"When I first ordered this course, I honestly thought I was going to get a lot of the same things I knew about composition work...What Steven did here blows my expectations out of the water. He gives a lot of advanced music theory techniques, as well as detailed help on how to use your DAW, and he keeps you on your toes with some of these quizzes. Especially after you get half way through the course. I don't regret the money I paid for this course at all, and I'm glad that I have this course to reference when I'm in a bit of a pickle with my own goals." –Monish C.

"Absolutely phenomenal course! All the lectures go into great depth on the lesson topic and explain it clearly. Thanks for the awesome course Steven!" –Kenan B.

"This is a nice introduction to some of the many facets of writing music for TV, game, and film. While you can't expect a course of this scale to go too in-depth into any one aspect, it does provide several tips and tricks that an aspiring composer can incorporate rather quickly into their writing. Overall, it was an enjoyable course and it is always nice to get an inside peek behind the scenes of someone working in the industry." –Hank S.

"Great course! Steven is more than qualified to teach this course and his insight on the nature of composing for video games is well worth your time." –Mark B.


ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Welcome! My name is Steven Melin and I write music to elevate the emotional core of stories. My music has been featured in many professional & successful productions including films, TV, video games, trailers, promotional campaigns, podcasts, motion comics, visual novels, YouTube videos, and more! I've assisted some of the best composers in the industry including Garry Schyman (Bioshock series, Shadow of Mordor)Penka Kouneva (Gears of War 3, Prince of Persia), & Joel Goodman (Finding ElmoThe American Experience). My clients include FOX, NBC, CBS, YouTube creators, Apple Store & Google Play app designers, and hundreds of filmmakers, game developers, & small businesses!  


FILM, TV, & VIDEO GAME MUSIC COMPOSITION + PRODUCTION BASICS

Are you a composer, student, or musician desiring to create and produce high-quality professional music for Film, TV, & Video Games? Since 2016, this Best-Selling & Top-Rated Course in Music Composition & Game Music Categories has helped over 250 students around the world make this dream a reality. 

By the end of this course, you will have the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build a successful music portfolio & demo reel and sell your work as a composer for Film, TV, & Video Games. With a deeper understanding of the composition and production processes, you will be equipped to easily write, mix, master, and produce effective music that sounds professional, polished, and impressive.


THE COMPLETE *SIMPLIFIED* GUIDE TO COMPOSING & PRODUCING MUSIC FOR FILM, TV, & VIDEO GAMES

This course contains 10 years of hard-won industry experience and knowledge condensed into one polished course. Every course topic has been carefully pruned to reduce your time investment and maximize results.

This course is organized into 10 core sections plus an introduction and bonus lectures – a total of 6.5+ hours of video content! Each section concludes with a practical Exercise and Quiz to test your skills at each benchmark. recommend allowing yourself 10 weeks to complete this course for optimum results (one Section Exercise and Quiz per week), however you CAN complete it in a much quicker time (10 days = one Section Exercise and Quiz per day). The course is structured in a linear fashion: from Beginner concepts (writing, recording, notation) to Intermediate (electronic music, orchestration, music production), to the final Expert Section - Writing for Film, TV, & Video Games. 


Why Should You Take This Course?

  • This is the ONLY online course (seriously! look it up) that teaches both composition AND production techniques for Film, TV, & Video Games without having to enroll in an expensive college or university program.
  • From Beginner to Expert topics, everything you need to know is covered!
  • Each of the 10 core course Sections includes a benchmark Exercise and Quiz to test your knowledge along the way.
  • The entire course is taught by a single experienced teacher. No confusing teacher changes halfway through!
  • Downloadable resources include useful diagrams, charts, and checklists
  • Personal support and access to the instructor.
  • Small one-time upfront payment, no subscription.
  • High-quality, curated information from 10 years of hard-won industry experience and knowledge. Every course topic has been carefully pruned to reduce your time investment and maximize results.
  • Unlimited Access FOREVER anywhere, 24/7 on all devices.
  • Over 6.5 hours of video lectures.
  • Delivered in an entertaining and enjoyable way!
  • 30-Day Full Refund Policy – this means ZERO RISK! What are you waiting for?
Who is the target audience?
  • Music Composers of all ages who desire to take a serious shot at writing for Film, TV, and Video Games
  • High School & College Students
  • Composers who have a strong background in music theory, but need help with production
  • Musicians who have a strong background in performing and production, but need help with composing effective music
  • NOT FOR those without a basic knowledge of Music Theory! Try the 10 Question Pre-Test to see if you're ready for this course!
Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
06:35:36
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COURSE INTRODUCTION
2 Lectures 02:28


• Current Students have access to this Quiz

•Guests can view the PDF version of the Quiz here (copy & paste URL):
http://www.stevenmelin.com/Music%20Theory%20Pre-Test.pdf

Music Theory Pre-Test (*Link for Guests in the Description*)
10 questions
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WRITING & RECORDING
8 Lectures 55:54


Essential Music Gear
11:05

Gear to Acquire
07:56


The 3 Ways to Record An Instrument
06:33


Writing Styles & Recording
6 questions

EXERCISE: Write in Each Style
00:49
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NOTATING MUSIC
3 Lectures 17:53
Intro to Notation Software
10:29

Types of Notation
06:41

Notating Music
4 questions

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WRITING EFFECTIVE MELODIES
3 Lectures 10:02
The Importance of Great Melodies
01:43


Writing Effective Melodies
3 questions

EXERCISE: Compose a Great Melody
00:43
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WRITING EFFECTIVE HARMONIES
4 Lectures 14:47
The Importance of Great Harmonies
01:39

Major and Minor Scales
04:20

Medieval Modes
08:09

Writing Effective Harmonies
5 questions

EXERCISE: Compose in a Scale or Mode
00:39
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ADVANCED CHORDS
5 Lectures 12:21

Chromatic Mediants
04:22

Neapolitan Chord
02:30

Polychords
01:46

Advanced Chords
5 questions

EXERCISE: Compose with Advanced Chords
00:31
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ELECTRONIC MUSIC
7 Lectures 01:07:52
Types of Electronic Music
06:00

Synthesis: Creating Your Own Sounds
14:04

Sampling: Modifying Found Sounds
11:05

Writing Ambient Music
10:52


Writing 8Bit Chiptune Music
10:05

Electronic Music
4 questions

EXERCISE: Compose 2 Electronic Music Tracks
00:54
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ORCHESTRATION
5 Lectures 24:18
The Importance of Orchestration
01:01

Instrumentation
02:30

Orchestration Case Study - Epic TV Promo
13:04

Arranging from Piano to Large Ensembles
07:03

Orchestration
6 questions

EXERCISE: Piano Composition and Large Ensemble Orchestration
00:40
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MUSIC PRODUCTION
5 Lectures 27:26
Why Quality Music Production Matters
01:17

Mixing Plugins and Chain Order
09:59

Mixing: Hero of Legend Case Study
10:57

Mastering
04:45

Music Production
6 questions

EXERCISE: Remix Previous Music Track With Quality Production
00:28
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WRITING FOR FILM, TV, & VIDEO GAMES
6 Lectures 43:06
The 3 Types of Music (The 3 L's)
02:36

Composing for Film: Scoring to Picture
10:58


Composing Interactive Layers for Video Games
06:32

Composing Effective Loops for Video Games
10:02

Writing for Film, TV, & Video Games
6 questions

EXERCISE: Score 2 Tracks to Picture for a Film, TV, & Video Game
01:19
2 More Sections
About the Instructor
Steven Melin
4.2 Average rating
42 Reviews
281 Students
1 Course
Top-Rated Instructor • Film, TV, & Video Game Music Composer

*TOP-RATED & BEST-SELLING INSTRUCTOR SINCE 2016

Welcome! My name is Steven Melin and I write music to elevate the emotional core of stories. My music has been featured in many professional & successful productions including films, TV, video games, trailers, promotional campaigns, podcasts, motion comics, visual novels, YouTube videos, and more! I've assisted some of the best composers in the industry including Garry Schyman (Bioshock series, Shadow of Mordor)Penka Kouneva (Gears of War 3, Prince of Persia), & Joel Goodman (Finding Elmo, The American Experience). My clients include FOX, NBC, CBS, YouTube creators, Apple Store & Google Play app designers, and hundreds of filmmakers, game developers, & small businesses!  

My first Udemy course Film, TV, & Video Game Music Composition + Production Basics has been the top-rated course in the Music Composition Game Music categories since 2016! Over 250 students have learned the secrets of how to start writing music for film & games! I've already begun working on my next course - stay tuned!

I’ve been professionally teaching piano & violin lessons for 3 years and have taught over 8,000 private lessons to over 100 students of all ages and skill levels. I have also enjoyed presenting composition & production guest lectures and master classes to college students and conferences, including the East Coast Game Conference in 2016. I have two degrees in music: Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago & Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Kennesaw State University. I’ve been studying piano for 20 years & violin for 16 years. I have performed with orchestras, played in operas & musicals, recorded film & video game scores, worked on artists’ albums, etc.

For more info on my musical journey, I invite you to read my story on my website.