While most known as a composer, for the best part of the last four decades, Earle Hagen has pursued a distinguished parallel career in teaching. His renowned and prestigious Earle Hagen Workshop for Film Scoring has been run under the auspices of both BMI and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Freely admitting that he feels he has learned even more from his students than he taught them, Earle Hagen believes that teaching is one of the greatest ways to explore and learn a subject. Based on that philosophy, having directly served as mentor or teacher to some 500 young composers and auxiliary musical professionals, Earle Hagen can well be considered one of the most knowledgeable people on the craft of film scoring.
Out of the workshops were born two books on the subject of music for cinema and television, and through these works, Earle Hagen has influenced thousands more. He has also taught at the University of Southern California and UCLA, where an archive of his television legacy is stored.
Star student Dave Koz
Earle Hagen has taught such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock and Dave Koz. He has also served as mentor to Emmy-winning composer Bruce Babcock. In the classical field his distinguished students have included such amazing musicians as Lucas Richmond, Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony (and slated to conduct the Boston Pops this year), Jake Hegge, whose opera, “Dead Man Walking“ is the hit of the current season, and Carlos Rodriguez, whose new works have just been recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Learn more about Earle Hagen's definitive texts on film scoring
Notice of Earle Hagen's first BMI course