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Last November, The Back Room kicked off its first virtual meeting between film students at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Entertainment and Media Studies and students in the Masters of Composition program chaired by Amit Weiner at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Since this introductory meeting, we've been delighted to host 3 master classes by our special guests from the film and film music industry, followed by Q & A with the students.

Coming up next, on April 12, we're thrilled to announce that Peter Golub, whose career travels between theatre, concert and film music (including The Laramie Project, Songs My Brothers Taught Me and Frozen River and, with James Newton Howard, The Great Debaters) will give a presentation on music and film from the composer's perspective.

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On November 4, producer Mitchell Cannold (whose credits include Dirty Dancing; Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey; Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love) gave an online lecture to the group on the importance of music in film, from the point of view of the producer.

On November 11, we switched that perspective with our special guest Jeff Beal,  5-time Emmy Award winning composer (whose credits include House of Cards, Blackfish, HBO's Monk and many more), gave a class in music in film and other visual media from the point of view of the composer.

On November 18, director and producer Emilio Schenker, gave an online lecture to the group on the importance of music in film, from the point of view of both a director and a producer.


Although these are master classes for the film and music students at Grady College and The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, we welcome a limited audience. 

If you're interested in joining the class as an observer, please email

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