Sheridan launches new music composition program
Sheridan is set to welcome its first class to a new graduate certificate program in music composition this May. Entitled Music Applied to Stage, Screen and Interactive Visual Environments (or MASSIVE), the program brings music and technology together in a collaborative and creative environment.
“Composing music for stage, screen and visual media means being able to take on multiple roles,” says Stephen Barden, coordinator of the new program. “Our students will learn orchestration, recording, mixing and editing. Using the latest technology, they’ll compose music for a variety of media, and create a demo reel that showcases their versatility and talent.” They’ll also have the opportunity to interact with directors, producers and screenwriters, just as they will have to do in the field.
The program is uniquely positioned to offer a real-world learning experience, thanks to its co-location with Sheridan’s renowned programs in animation, film and television, game design, and music theatre. Students in MASSIVE will have the opportunity to collaborate with student ‘clients’ in these programs and compose original scores while building their own portfolios.
The program’s start date in May means that students will have several months to hone their skills before taking on client projects in the fall semester. Classes will focus on music composition, as well as the technical aspects of recording, mixing and sound design. Over the course of the one-year program, students will also develop business and entrepreneurial skills to prepare them for a career in which freelancing is the norm.
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