Free course on writing film scores

Composer Aaron Trew

Central Coast composer Aaron Trew will deliver two free workshops for Central Coast musicians keen to explore a career in writing film scores, thanks to a grant from Central Coast Council.

Trew was one of six creatives selected to deliver innovative art works as part of Council’s Creative Art Central program.

He will run two six-week programs from May 30 – one for those aged 16-25 and one for over-25s.

“This workshop is for musicians wanting to experience what it’s like to write music for film,” Trew said.

“I aim to prepare Central Coast musicians for a career in composing for the screen while developing their skills in music production, music editing, orchestrating, mixing and engineering.

“Students will receive intensive professional training that combines practice, theory and industry immersion with opportunities to work closely with local musicians and directors.”

Trew brings a wealth of experience to the project.

A music producer and director, Trew’s music has been used in film TV, radio and theatre.

Some of his screen composition credits include Ugly Carter, She Who Must Be Loved, Truth Be Told: Lest We Forget, and Jirga.

In 2019, the score for Jirga was nominated for Best Music at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards and Film Feature Score of the Year at the APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards

Trew is an experienced teacher, delivering undergraduate and post-graduate creative arts programs at the University of Newcastle and UTS and is also a casual teacher in K-12 schools on the Central Coast.

“Applicants do not need prior experience or qualifications, but they will need a working knowledge of their chosen DAW such as Logic Pro or Protools or equivalent,” he said.

“If students aren’t familiar with these programs they can still register and I will support their work as the course progresses.

“Applicants should have access to the internet for online tutorials and have time to attend weekly tutorials and occasional in-person meet and greets, and time to complete the scoring work.”

Applications will close on May 27.

For details on how to register go to

Terry Collins

1 Comment on "Free course on writing film scores"

  1. Hi all, I’m looking forward to mentoring fellow Central Coast residents in this film music course. Thanks for the story Terry!

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