Each integrated course covers TWO essential topics for film composers.

Structured like college courses in a private lesson format.

Taught by industry professionals who are experienced in higher education.

COURSE 1:  Orchestration techniques and how to apply them in creating a production quality virtual instrument recording.

COURSE 2:  Practical techniques in 20th Century harmony and how to apply them to modern day film composition.

Course 3: Compact coaching sessions of one, three and six sessions also available.


Orchestration / DAW Techniques

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20th Century Harmony / Film Scoring

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Compact Coaching Sessions

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Contemporary American classical composer Daniel Walker’s music has been heard on the concert stage, in film and on television, including work for HBO, NBC, ABC, PBS, Bavaria Film and many others.

Film work in Asia includes the score and theme song for the stylish thriller Curiosity Kills the Cat, and the theme song for The Galaxy Railways, a hit Japanese anime series.

Walker’s classical ballet, The Last Mission of Marco Polo, was premiered by the Shanghai Ballet Company as part of the opening festival of the China’s World Expo in May 2010. Choreographed by José Martinez (Opéra de Paris), the historically based work continues to be performed as part of the company’s repertoire – the most recent staging of the work performed in February 2018, Beijing and Shanghai.

His five-movement work See Without Looking, commissioned by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra in 2016, is inspired by the writings of the Tao Te Ching – focusing on the origin of the world, and the philosophy of “The Way”. It was premiered by the ensemble in March 2017 at the New England Conservatory / Jordan Hall, Boston. The work was recorded at United Recording Studios in Los Angeles, and released on August 1, 2017.

Walker’s musical Qing Cheng/Dark City – inspired by the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong and the life of its people – was premiered July 20, 2017 in New York as part of the New York Musical Festival for 2017. QC Playbill NYMF 2017

Walker writes a monthly review column of notable Los Angeles classical concert performances for the National Center for the Performing Arts Magazine, published by the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing China.

Daniel Walker holds a PhD from the University of California Los Angeles. He taught composition and film scoring at the Cornel School of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles, and served as Dean of the school from 2011 to 2018.  Many of Dr. Walker’s students have been accepted into notable graduate programs and are engaged in developing professional careers.

For info on Daniel Walker’s music please visit: harvestermusic.com

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Dr. Norman Ludwin is a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster.

Norman’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.

Dr. Ludwin has written ten books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.

He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.

For info on Norman Ludwin’s books and music please visit: Ludwin Music

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