Composing: Music in Film

One of the most memorable aspects of a successful film is the music soundtrack. This weekend course will develop your understanding of how music is used in both film and TV.

Ideal for students with a background in filmmaking or music composing who are looking to develop their understanding and knowledge of this specialist field


Duration: 2 days, weekend
Hours: 10.00 - 17.00

One of the most memorable aspects of a successful film is the music soundtrack. This weekend course is for students with a background in filmmaking or music composing who are looking to develop their understanding of developing music for film. You study what it is that makes good film music, how it is produced across the industry, the different types of music and what they are used for in film.  You’ll also cover how to obtain the right music for a project and how to work with a music composer to get the best results.

Over the two days you cover:

  • A brief history of film music
  • The aesthetics of film music
  • What film music can do
  • Types of film music & their uses
  • Finding the right music for your project
  • Communicating with musicians and composers

Course Goals

  • Be able to identify the most effective music to use with your footage
  • Understand the copyright legislation and discover how to get access to the music you require

Previous Tutors

Laura Rossi has written extensively for film and television, including scores for Paul Andrew Williams’s critically acclaimed features ‘London to Brighton’ and ‘The Cottage’ and the British Film Institute’s award-winning ‘Silent Shakespeare’. Laura recently completed scoring the 1916 film ‘The Battle of the Somme’, which remains one of the most successful British films ever made. The music was recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra and has recently been released on CD and DVD to worldwide critical acclaim. Laura most recently completed scoring the feature film ‘The Firm’ for Vertigo Films directed by Nick Love.

Laura’s music has been recorded and performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Musici Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Fourth Dimension String Quartet. Her works have been performed at the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

While on the course and for one month after you will receive complementary membership with LFA networking Filmmaker's Club.

For further information email or call LFA on +44 (0)207 386 7711 to book your place over the phone with a credit/debit card.


To book your place on this course please:
Apply online or 
Apply by post, print out the application form and post to London Film Academy, 52A Walham Grove, London, SW6 1QR, email or fax to 0207 381 6116. As soon as we've received your application we’ll send you a confirmation email containing payment details. Please check your ‘Junk Mail’ folder if you appear to have not received this email.


  • All applicants must be fluent in English: English Language Level: Upper Intermediate
  • Minimum age 18


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