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

Learn how to Write, Produce, Mix, & Master professional-quality Music for Film, TV, & Video Games! All levels welcome!
4.2 (27 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.
134 students enrolled
Created by Steven Melin
Last updated 3/2017
English
Current price: $160 Original price: $200 Discount: 20% off
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 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
View Curriculum
Requirements
  • Access to Notation Software (Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore, etc.) -> CAN BE FREE SOFTWARE!
  • Access to DAW (Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, etc.) -> CAN BE FREE SOFTWARE!
  • Basic Music Theory knowledge. TRY THE 10-QUESTION PRE-TEST TO SEE IF YOU ARE READY FOR THIS COURSE!
Description

Are you a composer, student, or musician desiring to create and produce high-quality professional music for Film, TV, & Video Games?

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 process, you will be equipped to easily write, mix, master, and produce effective music that sounds professional, polished, and impressive.

The Complete 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 the time investment and maximize your results.

This course is organized into 10 core sections - plus an introduction and bonus lectures with updates. The core course includes several hours of video lectures and each section concludes with a practical Exercise and Quiz to test your skills at each benchmark. It is recommended to allow 10 weeks to complete this course for optimum results (one Section Exercise and Quiz per week), however it can certainly be completed 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 that teaches both composition AND production techniques for Film, TV, & Video Games without having to enroll in a college or university.
  • Everything you need to know is covered from Beginner to Expert topics, so don't hesitate to take this course even if you have been composing music for years. 
  • 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 the time investment and maximize your results.
  • Access anywhere, 24/7 on all devices.
  • Over 4 hours of video lectures.
  • Delivered in a way that’s entertaining and enjoyable.
  • 30-Day Refund Policy.
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 ARE READY FOR THIS COURSE!
Curriculum For This Course
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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 50:01


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
26 Reviews
134 Students
1 Course
BM, MFA / Music Composer for Film, TV, & Video Games

Steven Melin is a music composer for media in Atlanta, GA. He has composed for mobile games (WORM RUNSNAIL PANIC), console games (BEARD BLADEA MORE BEAUTIFUL WORLD), short films (HERE DIED ALL CARDINALS, SHADES) feature films (VIRTUOSOZOMBIE TAG), television (ABCNBCCBS), and numerous forms of digital media.

In the last two years, he has taught over 5,000 private music lessons to over 100 students, has given master classes and presentations at schools and conferences, and is an active teacher and video game music piano performer on YouTube. He is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with an MFA in Music Composition for the Screen and graduate from Kennesaw State University with a BM in Piano Performance.


BIO:
When I was a high school student, I started composing orchestral and electronic music, dreaming to one day write for Film, TV, & Video Games. There were no online guides, school courses, YouTube tutorials, or composers that I could ask for advice. I was completely on my own. Now 10 years later – with two music degrees (BM, MFA), dozens of composer credits for Film, TV, & Video Games, wisdom & experience from working with top industry professionals (Garry Schyman, Penka Kouneva, Joel Goodman, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, etc.) – it's time for me to give back to the next generation of composers and share my secrets. In my course FILM, TV, & VIDEO GAME MUSIC COMPOSITION + PRODUCTIONI share 10 years of hard-won industry experience and knowledge condensed into one polished course. Every course topic has been carefully pruned to reduce the time investment and maximize your results.