The Who and How of Music Preview

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The music is one of the last artistic additions to a movie, and the way music is acquired or written can be as varied as the music score itself.  In this module, you will learn about the key players in the music composition process:  the arranger, the composer, the orchestrator, and the music editor. Learn the types of scores available, how to work with a synth score or a live orchestra, and techniques for creating a score that both serves your story and your budget.


  • 31:29 video that walks you through the players and options available in scoring a movie
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • The role of the composer
  • The role of the arranger
  • The role of the orchestrator
  • The role of the music editor
  • The benefits and drawbacks of working with synth
  • The benefits and drawbacks of working with a live orchestra
Very detailed. Excellent for homework assignments to let students watch at home.
   -  Daniel Levin,
       University of Houston