The Eastman School of Music has many recording studios and control rooms available for Beal Institute students, as well as expert recording engineers on site, using a MADI fiber optic infrastructure. State-of-the-Art
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From working with fellow students on recordings to collaborating with the School of Film & Animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology in multiple projects throughout the semester. See Collaborations Unique Collaboration Opportunities
Live Performances Opportunities to perform are always available at Eastman's many stages as well as festivals, and private venues around the City of Rochester. Learn more Mark Watters Director, Beal Institute for Contemporary
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“I believe we are all born with the ability to hear and respond to how music tells a story. The ability to speak that language, to create using that language, is what we teach at Eastman."
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The Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music provides students with instruction and experiences that prepare them for the increasingly evolving opportunities to write, produce, and perform music for film and contemporary media. Founded in 2016 by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (BM85) and vocalist Joan Beal (BM84), and under the direction of Mark Watters, Emmy Award winning composer and conductor, the program builds on the film legacy of the School’s founder, George Eastman.

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Educating the next generation of film composers at Eastman

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Mark Watters

Director, Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media
Associate Professor of Contemporary Media & Film Composition

Emmy Award-winning composer and conductor Mark Watters’ vast resume includes music for motion pictures, television, DVD, video games, and special events such as the Olympics. In addition to serving as director of the Beal Institute, Watters oversees Eastman’s newly established Master of Music degree in Contemporary Media/Film Composition and teaches graduate courses.

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