Screen Scoring


The USC Thornton Screen Scoring program is widely recognized as one of the world’s finest for musical composition in visual media. 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 and game projects. Additionally, as part of their course work, student composers record 8-10 scoring projects with professional musicians and engineers on Hollywood-area scoring stages.

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 Horner, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, David Newman, John Nordstrom, and current faculty members Daniel Carlin, Laura Karpman, Garry Schyman, Lawrence Shragge, and Chris Young.

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



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Jon Burlingame chats about Oscar-nominated songs

March 14, 2018

USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member Jon Burlingame was recently interviewed for the NPR radio program Here & Now, hosted by WBUR’s Jeremy Hobson, in advance of the 90th annual Academy Awards. Burlingame spoke about the five songs nominated for Best Original Song, including “Remember Me” from the animated film… read more

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