Continuing education classes are being taught remotely. Studio classes have live remote meetings. Basic requirements to take a class are an internet connection, computer, and an internet linked camera (like a cell phone). Most classes will be hosted through Zoom or MassArt Moonami. For specific course requirements, contact the CE office at or your instructor. New classes are being added, keep checking!

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This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings

This course treats the evolution of film music from silent movies until the present.  It introduces students to musical syntax, the aesthetics of film music, and the means by which composers synchronize music and script to convey mood and render action vivid. Working chronologically, the course explores the increasing importance of music in cinema and how music functions as an expressive element in a film.  The course treats composers who wrote almost exclusively for the cinema (i.e., Charlie Chaplin and the contemporary John Williams), treats classical central European composers who migrated to the screen composition from wartime Europe (i.e., Korngold, Waxman, Alexandre Tansman, Bronislaw Kaper), and treats composer-director/producer collaborations such as Eisenstein-Prokofiev, Rota-Fellini/Visconti, and others. The course additionally treats the role of ethnic music (Morocco, India, China, Japan) in world cinema. Two term papers are assigned, one dealing with a composer-director partnership, the second treating the function of score in a major, iconic film such as Gone with the Wind. The textbook is Mervyn Cooke’s A History of Film Music.

Paul Andre Bempéchat holds a DMA (Piano/Musicology) from Boston University, a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (M.Phil.) (Musicology and Comparative Literature) from Université de Paris Sorbonne, an MMus (Piano) from the Juilliard School, NY, and an MMus (Piano) and BMus (Piano) from the Manhattan School of Music. He has taught extensively throughout North America and Europe at … Read more