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How to Become a Film Composer: Is Formal Education Necessary?

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 3, 2021 • 3 min read

Historically, the vast majority of film composers were classically trained musicians who wrote and conducted their own music, but in the last few decades, self-taught composers have become more common. These days, some composers have masters degrees in film scoring, while others have never studied classical composition a day in their lives, yet are capable of delivering impressive orchestration.