Film Scoring and Composition...


Rick appointed Faculty Chair of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Music Composition:

Vermont College of Fine Arts, a national center for graduate education in the fine arts, announced that Rick Baitz has been named Faculty Chair for the Master of Fine Arts in Music Composition program. Baitz assumed his new position as of September 1, 2012.

This rapidly growing low-residency Masters Program offers five areas of focus: Music for Media (Film, TV & Game Scoring); Contemporary Composition (i.e. concert music); Electronic Music; Songwriting; and Jazz. Comprised of a diverse and successful faculty, the Program takes an integrated approach to creativity, and students can study with a variety of teachers. Students’ programs are self-designed (with the help of their advisors); you have to be self-motivated to fully benefit from a low-residency program such as this.

Twice a year, there is a one-week intensive residency in Montpelier, filled with rehearsals of student works, recording sessions, performances, Master Classes, demonstrations, and lectures. There is a strong feeling of camaraderie between students and faculty. During the rest of the year, students and their advisors communicate regularly using means of their choosing, such as Skype, Dropbox, email, phone, etc. The core of the Program is the close relationship between the students and their mentors; the philosophy of the Program is inclusive, open, and non-elitist. Many of the faculty work in integrated forms, such as concert music within a jazz idiom, or chamber (or film) music with electronic and ethnic elements.  Check it out:



BMI and composer Rick Baitz have partnered to present the New York City-based program “Composing for the Screen” 2012. The immersive seminar will take place over six weekly sessions beginning in September, 2013,  at the BMI Media Room .

“Composing for the Screen” provides an opportunity for nine emerging film composers to participate in a high-level workshop, where film music will be examined from many perspectives: historical, psychological, dramatic, stylistic, and more. Using the facilities of the BMI Media Room, participants will explore a wide range of film excerpts, including: composing, recording, and sharing work in a supportive environment. For each student’s final project, he or she will compose a cue to a well-known film, which will then be recorded by top-notch New York studio musicians.

Students will leave the workshop with greater confidence in their own voices as film composers, a strong cue for his or her reel, an increased understanding of the business of film music, and greater sensitivity to the art of composing for the screen. During the year following the workshop, regular meetings will be held with the group, to share work and discuss students’ development as film composers.   “Composing for the Screen” will be open to the emerging film composer who has some experience in film and wants to learn more about it. Free to accepted participants, the program will be limited to nine students.

For more information, contact Rick Baitz at filmmusic@rickbaitz.com.