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Common Instrumentation in Film Scoring


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone.
The use of these instruments can represent the same as
string instruments...

But remember there are always exceptions! 


What is Film Scoring

Is original music written specifically to accompany a film.


What is the purpose of music in a film?

The film shows you what is going on…..but the music tells you what to feel. – Bernard Herman, composer for Alfred Hitchcock


Film Music consists of

small segments and phrases that change with the
scenes on the screen 


What is a musical phrase?

A musical phrase consists of elements or music that produce tension and relaxation


Click here for elements of
tension and relaxation


Lab Rules

NO Food or Water in the lab.

Anyone found mistreating the equipment will be removed from the class

You must bring headphones to use in the class. No headphones will be provided

All work must be saved to Google Drive

You must be able to work independently in this class

You can use your device to complete assignments in this class

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Garageband for iOS

Introduction to Film Scoring


Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium & Tuba

The use of Brass can represent - Power, Strength & Courage

But remember there are always exceptions! 

Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass

The use of Strings can represent: Sorrow, Passion, Reflection & Remorse

But remember there are always exceptions! 


Drums of all kinds, Drum Set, Mallet Percusion and more.

The use of Percussion is used to accent action scenes, war scenes, etc

But remember there are always exceptions! 


Guitars, Keyboards, etc  Anything is possible with electronics

But remember there are always exceptions!