Class Description: Theory & Composition: Film Scoring
This class would be offered over Zoom either as private lessons or in groups. Students will learn how to use industry standard programs and techniques to effectively write compelling music for film & television. Included topics of study are a history of film music, film music theory, orchestration, using a DAW (Digital Audio Work Station, namely Logic Pro), and how to use sample libraries to create realistic mockups.
Caleb J. Both is a classically trained composer and pianist specializing in film music and concert works. He is a current M.M. student studying Screen Scoring at New York University, and holds a B.Mus. in Music Theory & Composition and a minor in Business Law from Georgia State University. While studying at GSU, Caleb served as the Media Specialist of the school’s SCI (Society of Composers, Inc.) chapter. His devotions to his studies at GSU earned him two prestigious scholarships: The Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship, and the John Schneider Memorial Scholarship. In addition to his studies at NYU, Caleb is a Graduate Adjunct Professor teaching film scoring and group composition at the undergraduate level.
While at NYU, Caleb has studied film scoring under Jamie Lawrence (Five time Emmy winning composer and Music Director for the Tony Awards), Irwin Fisch (Emmy-nominated arranger-composer-performer), and Mark Suozzo (Love & Friendship and The Nanny Diaries), and is currently studying with Marcelo Zarvos (The Equalizer 3 and Dark Waters) in New York. He has also studied jazz under Rich Shemaria, film music editing from Suzana Peric, and music notation and engraving from Jason Loffredo. Additionally, Caleb’s music has been praised by Jeff Beal (Monk, House of Cards) and Mark Snow (X-Files, Smallville). His film work includes the award-winning Fool’s Gold short film; Wedding Cake — winner of “Best Narrative Short” at the 2023 Cannes International Cinema Festival; the web-series Murder in Bb Minor; and several other short films.
Concert works include the 2020 GSU Wind Band Composition Competition winner, The Chipmunks and the Alley Cat; Clarinet Quintet; Elegy for Creation — for string orchestra; Piano Trio; and Desolation — selected for reading in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s 2018 summer composition camp with ensemble-in-residence newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.