“Songwriting for Film and TV”
instructor Brad Hatfield.Boston, MA (July 1, 2009)–Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, is debuting the course “Songwriting for Film and TV” for its upcoming summer term, beginning June 29. Students will explore the techniques of writing music that appeal specifically to music supervisors, editors, directors, and producers across a wide variety of different genres.
“The field of songwriting for film and television has grown exponentially over the past few years, providing a promotional launching pad, as well as a lucrative income stream for artist and songwriter careers,” says course instructor Brad Hatfield, an Emmy Award-winning composer and one of Boston’s most prolific musicians.
“Songwriting for Film and TV” begins with an overview of the historical and current uses of songs and how to succeed as a songwriter for film and television. Online students explore the elements of a visual-media-friendly song, including appropriate harmonic colors, rhythmic elements, and intros, vamps, and endings. Whether the material is intended as background source music or a featured song, the course teaches how to successfully write on demand and how to write for music libraries. Also covered are effective techniques for collaborating, both during the writing and production process. The course also deals with important business considerations, including negotiation, payment, and rights.
During the course, students write several short songs, each of which provides an opportunity to master specific techniques needed to succeed as a songwriter for visual media. Students also write and produce a full-length song for a featured use in a movie scene. There are opportunities to improve songs through collaboration with classmates and guided feedback from the course instructor.
Hatfield’s musical compositions have been heard on movies such as Borat, Analyze This, The Break Up, and Cop Land, as well as the TV series The Sopranos, Six feet Under, ER, CSI, Saturday Night Live, Friends, The Young and The Restless, and dozens more. He is currently the co-composer for the FX Television series Rescue Me, starring Dennis Leary. He has served on the faculty of Berklee College of Music and Boston College and currently teaches Music Supervision, Songwriting, and Music Industry courses at Northeastern University.
“Songwriting for Film and TV” is available as a standalone twelve-week course, as well as one of eight required courses in the recently-launched multi-course certificate program “Orchestration For Film and TV.”