Music for Screen Collaboration Network

The Music for Screen Collaboration network aims to create and foster projects within media music education and link them with industry exposure.

Projects are designed by MSCN to interact with other institutions, utilising sound designers, composers and film makers (and animators), to co-run projects with accessible outcomes, then bring the finished results to screen at film (music) festivals.

The projects can be led independently (within respective institutions, taught by in-house professors) and/or with workshops and masterclasses within the timeline of the festivals (and their submission/programming deadlines). 

This work may also be presented as part of the European Education Alliance for Music and Sound in media meetings (EEAMS) at festivals throughout Europe, which aims to support a larger pedagogic network of similar media music/sound art programmes.

Examples of MSCN projects include collaborations with Soundtrack Cologne and Festival International du Film d’Aubagne:

  • Approx 3 - 6 months before the festival, students are given a masterclass on composition and production in which they begin their work. Other topics at masterclasses can include improvisation (as a creative discipline in sound art), notation and session conducting (on a scoring stage).

  • During the project-phase, students can receive prompt feedback via internet (email, Skype, etc.) to develop their film scoring work and guidance.

  • Approx. 1 month before the festival, students are asked to submit their works for programming. The works are expected to be produced to a festival standard format and quality and will be included with all contributors in the festival brochures.

  • At the festival, a screening of the works will take place, along with a workshop to discuss and critique the final works. Student participants are given the chance to receive public and industry feedback as well.

MSCN allows professors, their institutions and students the following advantages (to conventional curriculum):

  • Student submissions are introduced to the public and media industry (which also helps with employability targets)

  • Students feel more motivated in projects that have public screenings in festivals

  • Masterclasses can be held with external specialisms, perhaps not covered within an institution’s normal curriculum

  • Projects can be designed to support practical projects without extensive cirriculem revisions

  • Outputs of projects can be designed to be “submittible” and “accessable” without far reaching coordination with learning outcomes

For more information about developing a project with MSCN, please contact Yati Durant here. We look forward to supporting your project and enhancing your student’s experience.