Faculty: John McGinn
Description: Listening to Movies is essentially a film score appreciation course. During the first half of each class, one or more new pertinent topics (e.g., source music vs. underscoring) will be approached using examples drawn from across film history. Following a short break, the second half of class will be devoted to scene-by-scene examination and discussion of complete films including Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring (scored by Howard Shore) and Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (scored by John Williams). Several additional films will be screened and explored together. After the first week, each class will typically conclude with student presentations of self-selected film clips. There may also be sessions devoted to basic music fundamentals such as pitch and rhythm. No prior musical experience or theory knowledge is required. In all of the above activities, Listening to Movies seeks to foster not only enhanced awareness and appreciation but also a more critical and (yes) creative mindset towards every facet of the film-scoring experience.
Meeting Information: 01/03/2022-01/25/2022; M-F 09:30AM – 12:30PM; Craig Hall, Room 206
Section Requisites: N/A
Course Fee: $25
Out-of-Pocket Expenses: N/A