Screen Scoring

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The USC Thornton Screen Scoring program is widely recognized as one of the world’s finest for musical composition in visual media. The Hollywood Reporter recently ranked the program #1. With a faculty comprised of working professionals in the film, television and video-game industries, and with a legacy that includes such luminaries as Pete Anthony, 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 William 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, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, David Newman, John Nordstrom, Duncan Thum, and current faculty members Bruce Broughton, 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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Bear McCreary and Ludwig Göransson earn acclaim for television themes

May 9, 2019

In a Rotten Tomatoes’ article ranking the 21 best TV theme songs of the past 21 years, two USC Thornton alumni made the list. Bear McCreary ’02 ranked fourth for his iconic theme to The Walking Dead, and Screen Scoring alumnus Ludwig Göransson’s (GC ’08) theme for the comedy Community was listed… read more

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