Screen Scoring

Overview

The USC Thornton Screen Scoring program is widely recognized as one of the world’s finest for musical composition in visual media. In its annual report comparing offerings from universities and professional schools throughout the globe, The Hollywood Reporter consistently ranks our Screen Scoring program as first or second. With a faculty comprised of working professionals in the film, television and video-game industries, and with a legacy that includes such luminaries as Buddy Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Jerry Goldsmith, Morten Lauridsen, David Raksin, and Jack Smalley, the Screen Scoring program offers its participants unrivaled practical experience and industry connections.

Partnered with the USC School for Cinematic Arts, the Screen Scoring program provides student composers the unique opportunity to collaborate with student filmmakers and game designers in creating music for more than 100 annual film, television and game projects. These projects generally are created “in the box” or are scored on USC’s John Williams Scoring Stage with Thornton student-musicians. Additionally, as part of their course work, student composers record approximately 10 scoring projects with professional musicians and engineers on Hollywood-area scoring stages. The capstone recording session is comprised of 64 professional players and takes place on the Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage.

Many notable USC Thornton alumni have been honored with Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta, Emmy, and/or Grammy nominations and awards, including Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, James Dooley, Ludwig Goransson, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, David Newman, John Nordstrom, Duncan Thum, along with current faculty members Pete Anthony, Daniel Carlin, Laura Karpman, Garry Schyman, Lawrence Shragge, and Chris Young. Additional honorees among our faculty and regular workshop contributors include Jon Burlingame, Siobhán Dougall, Bobby Fernandez, M.B. Gordy, Patrick Kirst, Dennis Sands, Eric Schmidt, Al Schmitt, and Thanh Tran.

For an in-depth look at the program, please visit the dedicated Screen Scoring website.

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Perry Botkin Jr. wearing sunglasses and sitting beside a piano keyboard

Grammy-winning TV and film composer Perry Botkin Jr. dies at 87

February 1, 2021

Perry Botkin Jr., a GRAMMY Award-winning and Oscar-nominated television and film composer, and alumnus of USC Thornton, died on January 18 at the age of 87. The acclaimed arranger was well-known for his composition of the themes to “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” and “The Young and the Restless.” Botkin’s… read more

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