Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television


The USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program is one of the world’s most acclaimed programs of its kind. With a faculty including working professionals in the film, television and video game industries, and with a legacy including such luminaries as Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Baker, David Raksin and Jerry Goldsmith, the SMPTV program offers its graduates unrivalled practical experience and industry connections. Partnered with the USC School for Cinematic Arts, student composers have numerous opportunities to collaborate with student filmmakers, producing the music for more than 70 films per year. Additionally, students score a number of projects with union musicians on Hollywood scoring stages and studios including Capitol Records and the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. USC Thornton alumni include Bruce Broughton, James Horner, James Newton Howard, David Newman, Marco Beltrami and others. Many have gone on to receive numerous Oscar and Emmy nominations and awards.

For a more in-depth look at the SMPTV program, please visit the program website.

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Alumni and faculty receive EMMY nominations for outstanding film scoring

July 23, 2015


USC Thornton alumni and faculty have been honored with EMMY Award nominations. Duncan Thum (BA ’06, Guitar, GCRT ’13, SMPTV) has been nominated for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) for the documentary series “Chef’s Table”. Several other alumni, including composers Tyler Sabbag (BS ’05, Jazz Studies)… read more

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