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Award-Winning Composer/Songwriter Michael Bacon Joins Lehman Faculty

August 3, 2010


Michael Bacon

Emmy Award-winning composer and songwriter Michael Bacon joins the faculty of Lehman College this fall to teach one of the only film-scoring courses offered on the East Coast.

Bacon graduated from Lehman with a music degree in 1995 and studied composition and orchestration with Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano, a Distinguished Professor of Music. Now he is returning to his alma mater as a Distinguished Lecturer to teach in a specially designed, sound-attenuated, computerized music classroom in Lehman's new $16 million Multimedia Center.

"My teaching plan is to bring my personality, talent, skills and experience to the classroom for my students in the same way that my teachers at Lehman did for me when I was a student here," says Bacon. "I studied with a lot of great teachers, and when you study music you learn that music is a sharing experience."

The hands-on course is designed for students with a background in musical theory, composition and orchestration, who will learn how to "spot the film" (decide at which points the music should be heard) and choose a musical style, such as large orchestration, small ensemble or atmospheric synth sounds. By the end of the course, they will have scored a five- to ten-minute film.

"Ultimately, my goal is to teach my students everything I know and also help them figure out a way they can make a living in music because that’s the challenge," says Bacon, who will become a member of the Journalism, Communication, and Theatre department.

Besides being one-half of the recording and touring duo known as the Bacon Brothers (along with his younger brother, actor Kevin Bacon), he has scored a dozen feature films and hundreds of hours of television in his more than 40-year career. His awards include an Emmy for his score of the PBS documentary The Kennedys, an ACE Award nomination for the film The Man Who Loved Sharks, and a BMI Award and Chicago International Film Festival Gold Plaque Award for his work in the film LBJ. Most recently, he scored the groundbreaking PBS series Faces of America, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Bacon's course, COM 451: Scoring For Film is open to all CUNY students with the appropriate permissions. Students can enroll online at www.lehman.edu.