Creating a sonic world: Scoring for beginners

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1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
Online Workshop
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If you’ve ever needed to score a piece, but felt like the music you chose didn’t go together, or even felt mystified about where to start, this is the class for you. Producer Hans Buetow will give you the tools to start thinking about your musical choices with purpose and planning. You’ll learn to look for clues in the structure and content of your non-musical material, and to think through the roles that music and sound can play in your work. Hans will break down key concepts to help you design and score, such as major and minor keys; time signatures; measures, beats and phrases. This is not a class of technical explanations of how to put music into a piece, but instead about how to think about music and sound as a tool to immerse your audience.

He’ll also cover common pitfalls — like mickey mousing — so that you can understand what they are, how they work and how to avoid them.  You’ll walk away with a solid understanding of fundamental musical ideas and ready to translate your concepts into a sonic reality. 

*This class is capped at 15.


Who's this class for?

Beginners, newcomers, and even experienced producers who want tools for how to think about making music choices.

About Your Instructor

Hans Buetow

Hans Buetow is a producer, composer and sound designer who has worked with American Public Media, Minnesota Public Radio and The New York Times. He started his radio career in classical music, but has since built, produced or sound designed dozens of audio projects -- ranging from narrative, to chat, to radio variety, to actual-play role-playing including Terrible, Thanks for Asking and the Peabody Award-winning 74 Seconds. He likes to work with content that focuses on emotional intelligence, feelings, and personal lived experiences.

Notes on this Class

Refund and recording policy: Classes will not be recorded and are non-refundable. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or do not attend a class. If you are unable to make a class, you are welcome to sell or give away your ticket and email the name of the new attendee to You will receive a Zoom link for the workshop the day before it begins.