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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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SMPTV grad students help bring Bugs Bunny to life on stage

May 29, 2015

Bugs Bunny

A team of graduate students from the USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program recently assisted conductor George Daugherty in transcribing and restoring the music of 1930’s and 1940’s Warner Bros. cartoons, including selections from the beloved “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies.” The New Yorker magazine reviewed Daugherty’s… read more

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