Music Professionals


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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W.G. Snuffy Walden on the most important thing a composer can bring to a television show
01:42
Quincy Jones on composing the theme for Sanford & Son
04:05
Earle Hagen on writing the theme to The Andy Griffith Show
04:58
Vic Mizzy on how he figures out when to put music into a scene
01:37
G.E. Smith on his duties as music director on Saturday Night Live
01:30
Alf Clausen on the business aspect of composing for television 
01:47
Who talked about this profession

Lee Adams

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Lee Adams on his style and process as a lyricist
01:45
Lee Adams on how he works with a composer
01:22
Lee Adams on advice to an aspiring lyricist
00:47
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their collaborative process
01:43
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their collaborative process
01:43
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what makes for the best Broadway musical and how they work together
01:37
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what makes for the best Broadway musical and how they work together
01:37
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on advice to aspiring musical collaborators
02:40
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on advice to aspiring musical collaborators
02:40

Buddy Baker

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Buddy Baker on his harmony system of arranging music
02:45
Buddy Baker on the process of composing for film and television
01:01
Buddy Baker on the Disney sound
03:43
Buddy Baker on writing music for television and film and budgets for each
03:37
Buddy Baker on becoming Musical Director of WED Enterprises (WED - Walt Elias Disney)
01:51
Buddy Baker on the "Buddy Baker" style of music
01:12

Cliff Barrows

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Cliff Barrows on becoming permanent music director for Reverend Billy Graham 
02:44
Cliff Barrows on his biggest challenge as a music director
01:35
Cliff Barrows on how he selects music
00:48

Anne Beatts

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Anne Beatts on the legacy of Square Pegs, and how revolutionary the use of music was for TV of the day
01:17

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on the challenges of underscoring a scene with dialogue 
03:32
Alf Clausen on doing research for a music composition 
00:55
Alf Clausen on where he composes and his process for composing
05:05
Alf Clausen on the role of music in a television production and the most important thing to remember when composing a theme song for a television show
03:01
Alf Clausen on the business aspect of composing for television 
01:47
Alf Clausen on his favorite types of music and composers and his own style
01:27
Alf Clausen on advice to an aspiring television composer
00:37

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on wanting to write dramatic music
02:04
Bill Conti on being asked to conduct and be music director for the Academy Awards
07:33
Bill Conti on differences between composing for film and television
01:02
Bill Conti on how composing for second and third installments of miniseries, (or for sequels) differs from composing for the first
01:33
Bill Conti on the best advice he ever received about composing
02:15
Bill Conti on advice to aspiring composers
01:31

Alexander Courage

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Alexander Courage on the differences between composing, arranging, and orchestrating music
02:21
Alexander Courage on the process of orchestrating for television 
02:02
Alexander Courage on how orchestrating for television is different from scoring for film
01:20
Alexander Courage on the cavalier attitude toward scoring for television in the 1960s
00:42
Alexander Courage on fun times he had writing music - for "The Sun Also Rises" and writing for Fred Astaire in "Funny Face"
01:23
Alexander Courage on advice to aspiring film and TV composers
00:57

John Debney

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John Debney on conducting his music
01:25
John Debney on composing for different genres
01:17
John Debney on what music does for a television show or movie
04:47
John Debney on using an orchestrator, and on visiting sets
02:37
John Debney on rituals he has when composing
01:07
John Debney on the differences between composing for animation, for television, and for features
05:57
John Debney on using choirs in his work
01:05
John Debney on the business aspect of composing for films
02:12
John Debney on his style
02:06
John Debney on advice to an aspiring film and television composer
04:46

Milton Delugg

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Milton Delugg on the rules regarding live music on television and how Dick Clark eventually changed them
03:09
Milton Delugg on his musical style
01:18
Milton Delugg on advice to aspiring television musicians
01:17

Kevin Eubanks

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Kevin Eubanks on being promoted from band member to bandleader on The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno
06:36

Ian Fraser

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Ian Fraser on his musical influences
08:22
Ian Fraser on advice to young musicians starting out in television
01:49

Herschel Burke Gilbert

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Herschel Burke Gilbert on composing for features produced by Levy-Gardner-Laven, and on them going into television with The Rifleman
06:44
Herschel Burke Gilbert on the differences between composing for film and composing for television
02:37
Herschel Burke Gilbert on his style, and on his preservation efforts
04:28

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on the craft of composing music for live television broadcasts and on the process of composing for television
04:30
Jerry Goldsmith on the process of composing for television
02:34
Jerry Goldsmith on composing for Dr. Kildare and other shows and his process of composing for television
05:06
Jerry Goldsmith on the difference between composing for features and composing for television
04:12
Jerry Goldsmith on advice to aspiring composers
02:12

Earle Hagen

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Earle Hagen on the difference between composing for film and television
05:46
Earle Hagen on writing the theme to The Andy Griffith Show
03:21
Earle Hagen on composing music for Don Knotts' character on The Andy Griffith Show
00:58
Earle Hagen on the terms "click track" and "free timing"
03:38
Earle Hagen on being attuned to how things would sound though a small television speaker, and on post production of the music
03:31
Earle Hagen on being a "packager" or on the business end of composing music for television
07:36
Earl Hagen on using different types of beats for different scenes on The Mod Squad and on the band he used for the show
07:52
Earle Hagen on becoming a teacher of music
06:11
Earle Hagen on writing books on music composition
02:39
Earle Hagen on the role of music in television, and on how things have changed in the industry since he started
04:37
Earle Hagen on advice to an aspiring television composer
00:31

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on hiring musicians for NBC, and on hiring Doc Severinsen
02:44
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on dealing with sound on television as opposed to a live performance
01:11
Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on his musical style
01:50

Lee Holdridge

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Lee Holdridge on conducting
03:00
Lee Holdridge on his process for writing music and who he writes for
03:33
Lee Holdridge on the role of an orchestrator vs. the role of a composer
03:43
Lee Holdridge on the most important skill a film composer must have
00:58
Lee Holdridge on working with temp tracks
02:46
Lee Holdridge on differences between writing music for film and for television
01:56
Lee Holdridge on working on multiple projects as once
01:48
Lee Holdridge on working with studio musicians
05:07
Lee Holdridge on believing creativity can not be taught
00:43

Barry Manilow

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Barry Manilow on his early fascination with orchestration
00:48
Barry Manilow on becoming comfortable on stage as a performer, and on taking acting lessons from Nina Foch
03:13
Barry Manilow on his songwriting and recording process
04:08
Barry Manilow on performing live
01:48
Barry Manilow on dealing with the business end of the music industry
01:49
Barry Manilow on advice to aspiring musicians
00:51

Mitch Miller

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Mitch Miller on his conducting style on television
01:22
Mitch Miller on his conducting style
01:06
Mitch Miller on his advice to an aspiring music professional
02:11
Mitch Miller on the popular music of the early 1950s when he was producing records, and on what he looked for in a song
05:07

Vic Mizzy

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Vic Mizzy on wanting to be a composer when he was a kid
02:02
Vic Mizzy on how he figures out when to put music into a scene
01:37
Vic Mizzy on the role of music in a TV show
01:37
Vic Mizzy on how the business of film scoring has changed over the years
01:26
Vic Mizzy on how technology has affected scoring
00:31
Vic Mizzy on advice to an aspiring composer
00:58
Vic Mizzy on his style
01:01
Vic Mizzy on his musical style
02:30
Vic Mizzy on his conducting style
00:51

Tony Mottola

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Tony Mottola on advice to an aspiring musician
01:12

Mike Post

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Mike Post on the process of scoring a television episode
02:42
Mike Post on what he's proudest of in his music career
04:03
Mike Post on how the business of television scoring has changed since the '70s
03:43
Mike Post on advice to aspiring television or film composers and how he'd like to be remembered
01:52

Lalo Schifrin

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Lalo Schifrin on differences between scoring documentaries and fictional TV shows
00:45
Lalo Schifrin on his process for writing music for television; on writing music for Universal and for MGM
03:28
Lalo Schifrin on differences between scoring documentaries and fictional TV shows
00:45
Lalo Schifrin on differences between composing for film and television
01:16
Lalo Schifrin on his music style
01:20
Lalo Schifrin on being music director for the Paris Philharmonic
01:05
Lalo Schifrin on the business side of music for television
01:34
Lalo Schifrin on composing chamber music
01:30
Lalo Schifrin on combining classical music and jazz influences into a single work
03:21
Lalo Schifrin on the role of music in a television show and how it elicits an emotional response
01:04

Paul Shaffer

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Paul Shaffer on joining the musician's union at the age of 15 and being in a band (but not yet seeing a career in music)
02:26
Paul Shaffer on playing music by ear (rather than being a sight reader)
03:06
Paul Shaffer on David Letterman and working on his shows as music director
09:36
Paul Shaffer on advice to aspiring musicians
00:52

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on his duties as music director on Saturday Night Live
01:30
G.E. Smith on assembling the band for Saturday Night Live and the sound of the band during his tenure
02:57
G.E. Smith on how it felt playing in the studio on Saturday Night Live and his early performances on the show
02:24
G.E. Smith on creating musical arrangements for Saturday Night Live
03:18
G.E. Smith on advice to aspiring musicians
02:23

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on how he learned to score for television and mistakes he made when he was first starting out
04:26
Mark Snow on the process of composing for TV movies versus episodic television
00:43
Mark Snow on how synthesizers affected his writing process and the business of music composition
05:45
Mark Snow on the rhythm of The X-Files theme
01:11
Mark Snow on who owns the rights to The X-Files theme song
01:10
Mark Snow on underscoring dialogue on TV shows
01:46
Mark Snow on using music to build mood on TV shows, particularly The X-Files
04:22
Mark Snow on composing for The X-Files spin-offs Millennium and The Lone Gunmen
04:30
Mark Snow on the "Mark Snow style" of music
00:47
Mark Snow on advice to aspiring television composers
05:28

Fred Steiner

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Fred Steiner on learning to score by watching his father score cartoons
02:40
Fred Steiner on the craft and composing and arranging for television, and tailoring the music to fit the star
04:51
Fred Steiner on the process of composing for a pilot
02:06
Fred Steiner on what makes for an outstanding score
01:06
Fred Steiner on on the sound stages he's recorded on
05:35
Fred Steiner on the logistics of a recording session for a television score
03:01
Fred Steiner on following union regulations for musicians in recording sessions
01:01
Fred Steiner on his studies in musicology
02:43
Fred Steiner on writing his dissertation on Alfred Newman, and his study of musicology
10:18
Fred Steiner on advice to an aspiring television composer
01:45

Charles Strouse

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Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their collaborative process
01:43
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on their collaborative process
01:43
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what makes for the best Broadway musical and how they work together
01:37
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on what makes for the best Broadway musical and how they work together
01:37
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on advice to aspiring musical collaborators
02:40
Lee Adams and Charles Strouse on advice to aspiring musical collaborators
02:40
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This category consists of composers, lyricists, music directors, and musicians.