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Music to Picture Series

Course Outlines

Music To Picture 1: Musician’s Introduction to Film & Television ONLINE

Tuition $195
Thursday, 7-9 p.m. 8 weeks: September 24-November 12

  • The Hollywood film making process from script to series finale (applied to music)
  • The role of song lyrics against dialog
  • The role of music: clarifying storylines, creating cool factor, juxtaposition, emotional gear shifting, time jumps, transition to new environment/scene, etc.
  • Overview of music applications: underscore, transitions, source music, montage, bumpers, theme
  • Overview of production techniques covered in classes 2 & 3
Music To Picture 2: The Art of Film & Television Score

Tuition $195
Thursday, 6-8 p.m. 8 weeks: January 7-February 25 

  • Spotting Session (Where score should be used and its relationship to sound design)
  • Analyzing the cinematography and editing: Polished, Gritty, Futuristic, Vintage
  • Create a simple score for a dramatic scene
  • Create a simple score for an action sequence
  • Create a simple score for a comedic scene
  • Students will focus on developing their unique voice as a composer.
Music To Picture 3: Songwriting for Sync Placement

Tuition $195
Two hours, Thursday, 8:15-10:15 p.m. 8 weeks: January 7-February 2

  • Spotting Session (Where songs should be used and why)
  • Music supervision and music licensing 
  • Understanding how songs are chosen: producers, directors, editors, music editors, music supervisors
  • Deep analysis of the connection between song and picture in multiple applications
  • Effective song arrangements and techniques for editing in post production
  • Best practices for music delivery 

About the instructor


Doug DeAngelis is a composer/producer/musical director and music supervisor. He began his professional career at age 18 at SyncroSound Recording Studio in Boston while attending Berklee College of Music for music synthesis.

At age 19, he recorded the Nine Inch Nails hit “Head Like A Hole” with Trent Reznor and world-renowned producer Flood. In 1989, DeAngelis left Boston on a world tour with the Detroit Techno crossover dance artist Inner City. After the tour, he moved to New York City where he amassed over 300 album & remix credits including 31 No. 1 Billboard Chart singles. Album credits include New Order, Michael Jackson, Queen Latifa, Chaka Khan, Love and Rockets, Alicia Keys, and No Doubt.

DeAngelis' career then shifted to Los Angeles, where his music was embraced by Hollywood producer Michael Mann as the score for his CBS crime drama series Robbery Homicide Division. His music has since appeared in more 100 television shows including CSI, Baby Daddy, The Evidence, The Nine Lives Of Chloe KingBones, Alias, Cold Case, CSI Miami and ER, as well as dozens of reality television programs. He has written main title themes for Chelsea Lately, CNN Heroes, E! True Hollywood Stories Investigates, The NASCAR franchise, and cowritten the main title songs to the film Blades Of Glory starring Will Ferrell, and The American Country Awards.

Recently, DeAngelis won a BMI Music Award for his underscore to the FOX series Lie To Me, and composed the score for the Academy Award-nominated feature documentary film The Garden
Outside of the studio, DeAngelis is the conference chair and cofounder of A3E, The Advanced Audio & Applications Exchange. A3E is a leading industry resource dedicated to the future of new music technologies. A3E is an educational partner to NAMM, The National Association Of Music Merchants. 

Fall 2020 Courses:

Music to Picture I: A Musician's Introduction to Film & Television

With twenty years of experience as a BMI Award winning composer, songwriter, and music supervisor, Doug DeAngelis was instrumental in the emergence of independent music in television and film. With thousands of music placements in all mediums, his work was a cornerstone of the industry practice now referred to as 'SYNCH'. This course is for songwriters, composers, publishers, and record label executives interested in the inner workings of film and television music, and the unique art of music to picture. Permission of the instruction is required before registration. Please email for approval.