Film Music History

Module code
Curricular domain
Profile, extension and depth: Community
Group size
Students Composition for Film & Theater year 3 plus other interested students
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 75-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
19 hours
Study load
34 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to the Second year of the bachelor.
See Competencies Matrix.
Developing a broad understanding and insight of the history of Film Music as well as to be able to depict the developing stages of Film Music in a correct chronological order.
Relation to other modules
History of Classical and Jazz & Pop Music.
- The Compilation score and the Temp Track
- The silent movie and its musical accompaniment
- How does music works in a movie ?
- Film Music as part of the cinema experience (a psychological approach)
- The Power of Film Music
- The pleasure of hearing and listening to Film Music
- The relation between Film Music and Concert Music
- The History of Film Music I: the period 1895 to 1927
- The History of Film Music II: the period 1927 to 1960
- The History of Film Music III: the period 1960 to nowadays
- New musical languages found their way towards Hollywood
- The use of unconventional instruments and tone colors in Film Music
- The film composer’s method of working
- The history of Electronic Music
- A closer look at famous film composers (Bernard Herrmann to John Williams)
Mode(s) of instruction
Frontal collective lessons with examples of many pictures and an accompanying reader.
Material & Tools
Reader and a recommended list of suitable literature dealing with Film Music.
Student activity

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
Test at the end of the module.
The student should have mastered the elements described under Aims.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he/she is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5.
Examination procedure
Resit options
See the Education and Assessment Plan.

Module summary

The student has developed a broad understanding of the History of Film Music in all its facets and has come acquainted to some of the more experienced film composers.