The weekend rolls along. I woke up bright and early this Sunday morning to attend:
Film Scoring Seminar with Glen Stark, "Teaching Film Scoring in a Traditional Studio"
- I am interested in developing a method for teaching music composition to interested students. A further step past that goal is the possibility of instructing students in scoring music for film (!). While I have composed my fair share of original music, I have never worked on synchronizing music to film, so I am presently lacking expertise.
Mr. Stark is the leading light in this new MTAC program. He presented a short lecture on how to teach film scoring, and then fielded questions from the audience. Many teachers were concerned about the technical aspects of the program, i.e. how to employ certain computer software, how to record the music, etc. It's a new avenue of instruction, and it appears that very few MTAC teachers have attempted to teach film scoring thus far.
I need to allow this idea to simmer for a time, and then hopefully in the next year I'll be able to select 1-2 "guinea pigs" (AKA willing students) to try their hand at film scoring. It is a very exciting prospect, but I need to figure out where to begin.
I had a morning engagement directly after the film scoring presentation, so I headed to that next. Afterward, I was overwhelmed by exhaustion and decided to drive home. I know that I missed some great performances (Hans Boepple gave an afternoon piano recital, which I missed) and presentations (the student winners for this year's film scoring competition were presented in a "screening" of their work), but I do get tired.
The convention actually carries on a couple more days, ending Tuesday afternoon, but I will not be able to attend any more events due to my teaching schedule. I had an enlightening experience attending my first convention. I am filled to overflowing with new knowledge and feel replenished. I have great hope for the future.