How To Use Themes and Motifs

Learn how to use Themes and Motifs to make a masterful cohesive score

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"I highly recommend this course! It is profound. How can you write 90-120 minutes of music in a month on a deadline? Knowing how to develop motivically is an important part of the equation. What I found most illuminating were...the compositional processes the great film composers use. I got the score to Batman after taking this course and many of the things taught were totally evident in the score - things I never noticed or heard before! This knowledge puts everything in a whole new light. Frankly the course cost is a great bargain!!"

- Richard K., Composer

One of the most important skills in the craft of Film Scoring, is the ability to make an entire score sound cohesive, unified, and coherent throughout every cue, for sometimes hours of music (think "Lord of the Rings" by Howard Shore).

In this course, you'll discover what makes that possible, and how you can incorporate concepts of using Main Themes, Unifying Themes, and Motifs to create a Master Plan "Road Map".

You will learn how to identify and extract core melodic elements to permutate into the entire full length unified tapestry of your own large format scores.

Course Curriculum

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Evan Evans
Evan Evans

Film Composer of over 80 Feature Films, theorist on the Art & Craft of Film Music, founder of The Composer Collective a media scoring firm of over 3000 global composers, creator of CuePop™ the world's first fully automated online Music Library, and son of the legendary Jazz Pianist Bill Evans.

Evans studied with Jerry Goldsmith, Joey Rand (Music Editor, "Titanic"), Steven Scott Smalley (Orchestrator, "Batman","Conan The Barbarian"), Marco Beltrami, Don Ray, Clare Fischer, Elmer Bernstein, and Lalo Schifrin.

He has worked for and trained under iconic Film Composers Danny Elfman, Jeff Rona, David Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Lalo Schifrin, and Basil Poledouris.


PDF: Theme Sheet "Mercy Man"
PDF: Theme Sheet "Jack Rio"
PDF: Theme Sheet "Fear Of Clowns"
PDF: Theme Sheet "The Poker Club"
PDF: Score to The Poker Club "1M1 Main Titles"
PDF: Score to The Poker Club "3M3 Hot Pursuit"

AUDIO: The Poker Club "1M1 Main Titles"
AUDIO: The Poker Club "3M3 Hot Pursuit"


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is there a way to contact the Film Scoring Academy if I have something I wish to resolve?
Absolutely. We have a complete support ticketing system along with staff members to help you. Click SUPPORT on the menu, or on the side of the website or go to: Additionally you can send us an email to: support (at) [replace (at) with @] and we are more than happy to help you.
How long have you been in business?
Film Scoring Academy was founded on July 30th, 2015 and launched publicly 30 days later.
How many customers/students do you/have you served?
We have currently served over 1000 students.

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