The Art of Orchestration for Film & TV Live Courses - Los Angeles - May 12-13, 2012

Learn the exact orchestration techniques that top film composers like Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman and others use to get the biggest, best sound from live orchestras in these live courses with master Hollywood orchestrator Scott Smalley

If you're a composer who writes for live orchestra, you need to know what Scott Smalley has taught over 2,500 film and television composers from across the world. Through 39 lessons of intense, detailed study of the music of Jerry Goldsmith and others, top Hollywood film music orchestrator Scott Smalley ("Batman," "Mission: Impossible," "The Insider") demonstrates why some Hollywood scores sound so good, and what you as a composer can do to make your scores sound bigger and better.

Enroll in these live courses if you:
 are a composer who writes music for strings, brass and orchestra instruments
 are interested in a full-time or part-time career as an orchestrator
 have a basic knowledge of reading music and writing for sampled or live orchestra

About This Course
This is the live version of the industry's most popular and longest running orchestration course taught by Scott Smalley for over 20 years.

This intensive look at the specific orchestration techniques of master film composers including Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Basil Poledouris, Alan Silvestri, David Newman and others will show you how these master composers achieve the richest, strongest and most effective sound from live orchestras.

Through the use of audio examples and over 350 pages of detailed scores and sketches from top films that course participants are provided, Scott Smalley explains and demonstrates specific orchestration techniques and shows you how and why they work.

Based on feedback from students and the industry, we have now divided this landmark course into two parts - Part 1 (STRINGS) explains important orchestration concepts including techniques of balancing and voicing the orchestra and the use of the Zed Clef, a special technique developed by Scott to guide the process of creating voicings and harmonizations. This is followed by highly detailed, focused lessons about orchestrating for strings. Part 2 of the course provides a detailed focus on orchestrating for brass and orchestrating for woodwinds, and closes with a discussion of orchestral recording techniques and other additional topics.

Prerequisites: Some familiarity with writing for orchestral instruments using samples or live players is helpful. This course extensively utilizes scores and sketches (downloadable in PDF format) so a basic knowledge of how to read music is required to achieve the best results from this course.

Course Materials: Over 350 pages of Scores, and Sketches, and Examples studied in the course are provided in hardcopy format at the course, and a glossary of special musical terms is provided electronically.

What You'll Learn In These Live Courses
  • How top film composers achieve the Hollywood Sound from film scoring orchestras
  • How to orchestrate effectively for strings, brass and woodwinds
  • How to effectively balance the orchestra and work with instruments in their various ranges
  • The concepts of transparency, strength and division and how to create and use them
  • How to voice chords and harmonies for maximum effect
  • How soften or strengthen instruments and sections using color, not volume
  • The use of triadic harmonies, pyramids, polychords, chromatic clusters and more
  • How to use the concept of mediant chord relationships
  • How to create and effectively use special effects such as string sweeps, woodwind sweeps and more
  • How to determine the priority of notes when voicing a chord and dividing its notes among instruments
  • The importance of intervals to maintain harmonic clarity, use of hybrid scales
  • The concept of the Zed Clef and its usage to determine voicings, blend, and harmonic effects
  • Manipulation of the tessaturic ranges of instruments to achieve balance and sonic placement
  • Effective recording techniques when working with live orchestras

These courses are offered individually, or as a special 2-Day Full Course Package
Special Discounts Available Through April 3, 2012

Choose the course or course package you want from the options below:

MAY 12-13, 2012

The Art of Orchestration for Film and TV

Saturday-Sunday, May 12-13, 2012
Renaissance Montura LAX Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Includes Complete Orchestrational Concepts, Orchestrating for Strings, Brass and Woodwinds

     Course Fee: $595

    Discounted Fee: $545
    (ends April 3)

Enroll in this Course


The Art of Orchestration for Film and TV

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Renaissance Montura LAX Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Includes Complete Orchestrational Concepts, Orchestrating for Strings

     Course Fee: $329

    Discounted Fee: $300
    (ends April 3)

Enroll in this Course


The Art of Orchestration for Film and TV

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Renaissance Montura LAX Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
Includes Complete Orchestrational Concepts, Orchestrating for Brass and Woodwinds

     Course Fee: $329

    Early-Bird Discounted Fee: $300
    (ends April 3)

Enroll in this Course

Course Instructor

Steven Scott Smalley

Scott Smalley is one of Hollywood’s top orchestrators, and has worked with many top composers including Danny Elfman, Basil Poledouris, and others. His unique approach to orchesetration and his ability to concisely and effectively teach his orchestration methods to students have made him one of the top orchestration teachers in the industry.

Why You Will Learn More From a Film Music Institute Online Course

Tired of overly expensive courses, inconvenient travel, and rigid class schedules? Film Music Institute online courses let you learn when you want, where you want at your own speed using cutting-edge online rapid learning technologies that allow you to learn more quickly and efficiently. Forget about reading impractical books, travel hassles and expenses, or listening to an instructor who hasn't worked professionally in years. At the Film Music Institute, you engage in a world-class learning experience focusing on practical skills, experience, and knowledge you can apply to your career immediately.

And because our courses are taught by experienced industry pros, the information and skills you're learning are state-of-the-art techniques used by working pros today.