Young Composers and the World of Visual Media

By Isaias Garcia

 So, you want to be the next John Williams? The next Hans Zimmer? Then keep reading. While you may never attain their fame or fortune, visual media - film, video games, television, web series, theatre, dance, and even audio books - offer a world of opportunity for the young composer. 

I am only 22 years of age but already have considerable experience in this field, and am looking forward to sharing them in a series of blogs for Conservatory Canada. 

I have entered the Creative Composers Competition for the past two years and have found their feedback to be extremely valuable to my craft, and to my ongoing pursuit of improving myself as an artist. 

First, being an aspiring young composer means you absolutely need to be involved in the global music community, the arts community, and the technology community as well. 

There are also many useful websites that focus specifically on the film music community (such as Scorenotes and ScoreCast), as well as general ones for video games (IGN), technology, and more. 

You’ll soon realize that by expanding your knowledge in different areas of the arts that do not necessarily cater to musical composition, you’ll find an ocean full of opportunities for your music. 

Why not acquire a bit of knowledge in how films are made, how app games are made, how to create a logo in Photoshop, how to work iMovie or Final Cut; and most especially, how to create music using musical software such as Logic Pro? The latter is most crucial when working on scoring films, and knowing the difference, for example, between writing for a MIDI orchestra and a live orchestra. 

My future blogs will contain all of these things; the technical and the personal, the notated and the word of mouth, the educational and the professional. Remember, being a composer and being a film composer are two completely different things. Once you open up your mind to that thought, you’ll begin to learn things you never thought you could.

Isaias Garcia is a 22 year-old composer from Toronto, Canada. Currently in his 3rd year of music studies at York University, Garcia spends his time creating, along with his classmates, live scoring sessions in collaboration with the Film Department.

He is a three-time nominee at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards: “Battle of Hogwarts” (2011), “Dream: Scape” (2011), “Robot Gladi8or” (2012). 

Visit to check out some of his work



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