Introduction to Film and Media Scoring with Helen Noir

Learn to compose film and TV music

Learn the art of film and media scoring with industry expert Helen Noir in a 6-week live online course

Starting February 2024

Course overview

Introduction to Film and Media Scoring is a 6-week course of 12 live online classes,
taught by film composer and lecturer Helen Noir in partnership with Music Hackspace.

The course provides the necessary latest skills, techniques and first-hand industry
insight into the methodology, workflow, and tips and tricks on Film and Media Scoring.
Students of this course will have several opportunities to create short pieces of music
for moving image and get a chance to play them back for professional advice.

The course will consist of:
● 12 x 2hr live online classes
● All classes recorded for student use (during the course only)
● Interactive group challenges and playback sessions
● Special guest speakers
● Music Hackspace Graduate Certificate of Excellence
● 50% discount on your first year subscription to Music Hackspace

Who is this course for?

  • This course is designed to cater to a broad audience interested in the world of film and media scoring, from beginners looking to explore the field to professionals seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge in this specialized area.

Course content

  • Introduction to the course
  • Basics of writing for media - intro to DAWs, notation software and tech (and why so much tech is involved!)
  • Sound design & dialogue mixing
  • Looking at successful scenes from different genres
  • Developing an analytic ear
  • Assignment: students to review a short scene (to be provided) and prepare a brief analysis for review
  • Working with synths
  • Vocals and other instruments
  • How to programme orchestral VSTs
  • Basics of notation and creating scores for musicians
  • Working with orchestras Assignment: students to write a short piece of music for an imagined film scene
  • Discussion of students’ responses to assignment scene given in (2)
  • Peer review of students’ music from (4)
  • Intro to mixing both electronic and orchestral elements for media
  • Working with DAWs and plug-ins
  • Discussion with one of Helen’s collaborators about a real world film project on which we’ve worked, and about their career & experience
  • Discussing sample libraries and their use in modern media music (overview discussion), hybrid scoring, use in sound design
  • Looking at some recent examples of great film/tv scoring, and relating these to students’ work
  • Sound design vs. Composing - how they differ and where they overlap
  • Creating bespoke sounds
  • Brief Overview of mixing with dialogue
  • Looking at a real world example, we will walk-through writing a short cue to picture, mixing and adding sound design


  • Basic knowledge of music theory
  • An internet connection to join the live class

Course schedule

This course will start once we have received 10 or more registrations. Group discounts are available. Contact us at for more information.

Meet your instructor

Helen Noir (she/her) is a London-based soprano, composer, orchestrator & producer. She writes soundtracks for film, fashion and theatre, most recently for Joseph Wilson's Isn't it a Beautiful World, which premiered at BFI London Film Festival in October 2021. She works specifically with directors and designers to take music from initial composition through recording, orchestration, production and mixing. She also performs regularly with cult performance art group Theo Adams Company, and is an operatic session vocalist.


About Music Hackspace

Music Hackspace is an online education platform teaching music and creative technologies. Started in 2011, Music Hackspace's course portfolio includes over 800 hours of on-demand lessons teaching state of the art techniques to beginners and experienced artists. Music Hackspace has created courses, workshops and meetups in collaboration with leading companies such as Ableton, Arturia, Roland, Android or TouchDesigner, and co-founded the MIDI Innovation Awards with NAMM and The MIDI Association.

About Creat-Ed

Creat-Ed is a creative education consultancy for institutions, businesses and brands. Together we have over 90 years experience, at a senior management level, in Further and Higher Education and the Creative Industries across international markets including China, South East Asia, Europe and the UK. Clients and previous work include Tileyard Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Nottingham Trent University, Confetti Institute of Creative Technology, BIMM Group, SAE College, SSR / Spirit Studios, Krems University Danube, Kennesaw State University, Gigrealm, New Media Law.


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