To support our student community during the developing COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering you FREE virtual seminars for the Fall quarter! These free seminars offer a chance to learn, grow, and network while at home.
Monday, September 27, 2021
4:00PM PT – 6:00PM PT
With Ashwin Subramanian
Indian classical music is one of the oldest systems of music in the world. In this seminar, we will explore the building blocks of Indian classical music including the raga system, common rhythmic patterns or tala, and applying these concepts in composing cues for film & television and song production.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
10:00AM PT – 1:00PM PT
With Jaia Thomas
This seminar is designed to help content creators and producers develop creative and practical solutions to promote greater diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the entertainment industry. Historical context and current initiatives are examined.
African American Music Then and Now – How the Melodies and Rhythms of Prior Times are Sampled/Interpolated in the Music of Today
Saturday, November 20, 2021
9:00AM PT – 1:00PM PT
With Jameel Roberts
Great music, no matter the era or genre, starts with a spark. It starts with inspiration. From its roots, African-American music has laid the foundation for the melodies and rhythms that move our lives and has spread its influence globally. This seminar explores how African-American musical tradition gives us the tools to build a wide variety of songs, but also the means to innovate and add to the country’s cultural music lexicon. From artists like Usher, J. Cole, Omarion, Ella Mai, and even Ariana Grande, we’ll take a deep dive through the layers of composition, samples, and interpolations in order to understand the griot-like nature of African-American music.
Past Free Entertainment Studies Seminars:
The Actor’s Prep: A Step-by-Step Path For Building A Performance
Pitching Yourself as an Artist: Transmitting Who You Are & What You Do… with Impact
Making Films While Staying at Home: Directing Your Film in the Era of COVID-19
Creating Films That Reflect the Times: Exploring Genre to Tell Relevant Stories