Film Music Factory

For Middle and High School students WITH or WITHOUT musical experience.
Film Music Factory is a hands-on technology based program by which the students create a musical score to accompany a real Hollywood film scene. Your students will gain facility and comfort with computer hardware as well as media and audio software.

In each case the composer will work with the students using computers to create original musical compositions. The students will learn listening skills and decision making. They will work in closely collaborative teams to make determinations regarding melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, form and the elements of creating a mood or tone.

Film Music Factory can be as few as 4 sessions or as long as a full semester. Film Music Factory sessions are taught by experienced film composers, often with Emmy, Grammy, and Academy awards to their credit. This program can be paired effectively in partnership with video, production, filmmaking, or in-school music programs.

The Music Factory programs of ACO are designed to promote student achievement, inspire creativity and develop baseline transferable skills through close engagement with some of the worlds finest composers and musicians.

Taking unique advantage of one of the city’s most underutilized resources – New York is home to more accomplished composers than any other place in the world – ACO Music Factory programs are hands-on minds-on, performance based activities aimed at students from the 4th-12th grades and are appropriate for in-school or after-school settings.

All provide high-impact learning opportunities for music students of any level, and many are appropriate for schools and students without musical experience. For most ACO Music Factory programs the length and number of artist visits is adaptable to the needs of the school, from a single event to a full semester or year.

For 39 years the ACO has been the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promotion of music by American composers. Since it’s founding the orchestra has commissioned and premiered more new works by American composers than any other orchestra. ACO serves as an incubator of ideas, research and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music.

For information contact: Kevin James, Director of Education, 212-977-8495, x252,