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Berklee Online Announces Their First Online Master’s Program on Film Scoring

Following the historic launch of their first online Master’s degree programs in 2018, Berklee Online announces their new Master of Music in Film Scoring program. The program will empower students with the skills and confidence to compose music to match any visual presentation that a filmmaker provides, and will officially start in January 2020 with applications now live. Interested students can find more information and application here.

Widely recognized among the top music schools, Berklee College of Music in Boston launched Berklee Online in 2002 as an online option for attending their illustrious classes.

Over the past 17 years, the online school has grown to offer award-winning music courses, certificate and Bachelor’s degree programs, and now a successful online Master’s degree program. They are the world’s largest online music school, teaching more than 11,000 students per year through their online degree and non-degree programs.

The Master of Music in Film Scoring degree was preceded by Berklee Online’s Master of Music in Music Production and Master of Arts in Music Business programs. 

All of Berklee Online’s graduate programs consist of 12 courses (36 credits) that can be completed within one year. In keeping pace with the same flexibility that Berklee Online is known for, students have the option to start in any term during the academic year and will get the chance to have direct interactions with Berklee faculty and fellow students through their learning management system. 

"The program features a powerhouse faculty from Berklee's Film Scoring department and the industry, and they are excited to work with students from around the world to develop their unique voices as composers,” says Carin Nuernberg, Vice President of Online Education for Berklee Online. “Students will have the opportunity to learn through one-on-one and group instruction with real-world, versatile outcomes that pave the way for career opportunities." 

The Master of Music in Film Scoring program will teach students how to analyze a given film score on multiple musical and dramatic levels, articulate a unique compositional voice, compose in a wide variety of styles, produce a remote recording session with a professional orchestra, create exceedingly real-sounding orchestral mockups, navigate the complexities of working in the film industry, collaborate with directors, and much more. 

Courses in the program include: Orchestral Mockup in Film Scoring, Film Score Analysis, Composing the Film Score, Compositional Voice Development in Film Scoring, Orchestrating the Film Score with Live Sessions, and more. 

One of the instructors is Alison Plante, who is the Director of the program, and was the first female chair of a collegiate Film Scoring department. She is an award-winning composer whose scoring credits include documentaries for PBS and the History Channel. Another prominent instructor in the program is John Whynot, a Grammy-winning producer/engineer who has worked on movies like The Last of the Mohicans, Austin Powers I and II, Ronin, Stigmata, and The Breadwinner, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2018. 

Other instructors in the program include Jon Kull, who has more than 100 major motion picture credits as an orchestrator or conductor, including Black Panther, A Quiet Place, and all of the Hunger Games movies. Also involved is Sean McMahon, who has been an orchestrator of several feature films for various composers including Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, The Grudge, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas and dozens more. 

"Berklee Online's Master of Music in Film Scoring program combines two of Berklee's greatest strengths: award-winning online learning and industry-leading film scoring education,” said Alison Plante . “Two unique aspects of this Master of Music degree include its advanced coursework and student projects recorded remotely with a professional orchestra, a common industry practice and an experience not provided by other online degrees."

The Master’s degree program has continued the cost-effective, high-quality breadth of offerings from Berklee Online and gives students the chance to earn their degree for roughly 20% less than the cost of the tuition for an on-campus Master's degree. Students interested in learning more can find more information on Berklee Online’s website.