About Us

Welcome to the Media Writing and Production program at The Frost School of Music. We are dedicated to not only providing the foundational skills necessary for the student to pursue a career in the media industry but also to stimulate and encourage student awareness of their unique gifts as a creative musician. We accomplish this by promoting critical analysis and creative problem-solving skills in every class in the program.

What We Do

The Media Writing and Production program (MWP) is committed to presenting the knowledge and wisdom of the industry savvy in a format that is both flexible enough to be relevant to our changing culture while maintaining the highest academic standards. We accomplish this by integrating new and curated content from acknowledged leaders in the industry in websites designed specifically for each class in the major. Utilizing this approach allows us to organize classes in a hybrid classroom environment that encourages peer to peer discussion and engagement directed by the instructor. We have found this to be much more efficient than the traditional lectures.

Great care is taken to provide continuity of study throughout the program. Areas of emphasis include composition, arranging, orchestration, and the technology required to realize student work using state of the art sample libraries. Each course (with its corresponding website) includes all materials and links needed to complete each course. This approach provides students with access to a variety of specific information and detailed instruction that builds student knowledge and confidence in the required disciplines.

Student progress in traditional academic models measures performance based on testing. This system does not take into account individual learning styles or accommodate the subjective nature of music. To promote mastery over short-term memory recall our process encourages students to fail as often as they succeed by employing an iterative process of draft/review and revision. Using this approach addresses the all too prevalent issue of self-doubt that can plague every creative person thereby improving the productivity of each student and the quality of their work.

Creating music for media is a collaborative process that depends on the quality of the conversations between each member of a team. Focused and attentive listening, as well as speaking out with an insight or opinion, is required for successful outcomes. Our hybrid teaching model encourages students and instructors to interact with each other honestly and openly. We have found this to be a highlight of the MWP and continue to improve and expand this approach in the future.

To achieve the high level of collaboration and cooperation desired we support our community of MWP students through social media interaction and access to our instructors. Also, we take every opportunity to expand our community beyond the school of music. Every year MWP students are involved in student film and video production projects in the School of Communications.

More Information

The MWP program attracts students from all over the world, all of whom have different interests, tastes, goals, and cultures.  Our diversity enriches our community and serves to enhance each student’s collaborative creative skills. We believe that being able to work well with people from any culture will provide the student with a distinct competitive advantage in the future as the media industry proliferates across the globe.

Our Degrees

The Frost School of Music offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Media Writing and Production. Courses cover a broad range of issues to prepare the student for a career as a professional composer/producer for media. For more specific information about each degree program, please click the icons below.

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