Online Master's Degree Course

Compositional Voice Development in Film Scoring


Authored by Ben Newhouse


Course Code: OCOMP-590

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Starts April 6

Level 5 - Degree Only

Level 5

In this course, you will develop your own unique compositional voice. You will learn to refine your artistry and focus on yourself as the “whole” composer. You will explore the compositional voices of other established composers and how they played out in their careers. You’ll also complete a series of structured exercises to explore your own musical and cultural background and learn how that might inform your own unique compositional identity.

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By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate one or more features of your unique compositional voice
  • Identify short- and long-term goals as an artist
  • Balance your own artistic identity with the needs of the film
  • Personalize your compositions within various musical styles
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General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in live chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

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All Users

  • Latest version of  Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software (available in the course when joining your first chat)
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal Microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection



Author & Instructor

Ben Newhouse's commercial music has been used in more than 3,000 episodes of television, including projects for ABC, CBS, NBC, and most major cable networks. Newhouse's music is the soundtrack for the Disney DVD logo, several independent films, and Las Vegas stage shows. Newhouse was awarded the BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship in 1999.

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The University Continuing Education Association awarded his Orchestration 1 course "Best New Online Course" in 2009, and Berklee awarded Newhouse a "Distinguished Faculty Award" in 2015. Newhouse has also guest lectured at Pescara Conservatory in Pescara, Italy and Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia. He authored Producing Music with Digital Performer (Berklee Press), which has sold 15,000 copies. He has been quoted in multiple publications, including Electronic Music magazine and

As a composer during his college years at Eastman School of Music where he received his bachelor of music degree, and graduated magna cum laude, his music was performed primarily by Eastman groups and groups along the East Coast. "Heat," a relentless overture for orchestra, received the Howard Hanson Award in the late 1990s and was premiered by the Eastman School Symphonic Orchestra. Newhouse is also a full-fellowship master's degree alumnus of the University of Southern California, completing an MBA and a Business of Entertainment graduate certificate program with the School of Cinematic Arts. Read Less


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