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Music for the Movies

Julia Goodwin, Instructor
age 14 and older

Each 6-week course spotlights a specific topic in the world of movie music.


Session 1: Music for the Movies: Classical Hollywood

6 Tuesdays, October 5-November 9
7:15-8:45 pm

The 1930s and 1940s proved to be the heyday of the American movie studio system. The United States led the world in film production and set standards for movie-making including the musical score. With their lush Romantic underscoring and frequently witty musical jokes, these products captivated millions when originally released and some achieved lasting value as artistic works. Frequently scored by emigrés like Max Steiner, Franz Waxman, and Dimitri Tiomkin, the composers whose works we will consider in this course brought a distinctly European aesthetic to the movies they scored yet helped create the quintessential American movie.


Session 2: Topic TBA

6 Tuesdays, December 7, 2021-January 25, 2022
7:15-8:45 pm

NOTE: This winter class will be offered virtually.


Session 3: Music of Other Worlds: Sci-Fi Movie Music

6 Tuesdays, March 1-April 5, 2022
7:15-8:45 pm

Sci-fi films are as old as the movies. From Meliere's Man in the Moon to today's Avatar, sci-fi films have expressed aspirations and fears, utopian and dystopian visions of our world and those we can only imagine ultimately giving us insight into ourselves and the times in which the movies were made. In this course, we will analyze some of the great sci-fi movies, especially those produced by Hollywood, weighing the special contribution the musical score brings to the creation of other worlds, other beings, and visions of the future. 



FEE: $20 registration fee. $153 tuition*, $112.50 if enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein. (Fees as of Fall 2021)


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Safety Protocols

NOTE: All lessons, classes, and rehearsals will be conducted in-person - unless noted otherwise - and will be subject to Hochstein’s safety plan. Please review our current procedures before entering our building.