Learning...

... is a beautiful thing. As the great Rachmaninov once said: "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." I had the privilege to study at the world's leading universities in music, and I feel lucky to share my experiences with my students at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Aside from teaching at USC's world-renowned Masters in Screen Scoring program, depending on schedule and availability, I also give one-on-one coaching lessons as well as focused group sessions. For individual one-on-one session, contact me directly via the Contact page.

Film Music Group Seminar 

A small intimate group of 5 to 6 participants meet at my studio in Silverlake for an intense weekend seminar about film music composition. In this course I will cover many of the techniques that I have been teaching at schools and universities around the globe. I developed a powerful set of techniques that you will learn hands-on.

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More specifically I will cover:

- Writing Techniques: Chord Morphing, Chord Liquifying, Scale Clusters and Bi-Chordal Structure, Harmonic Direction, Pivoting, Controlled Dissonance, Textures and Engines, Modern thematic writing and much more

- Dramatic Storytelling: Understanding Drama, Understanding Dramatic and Musical Concepts

- One-on-One critique of your work

- Genre specific concepts

- Industry tips and tricks