Beginning June 1st, I will be teaching free orchestration classes to local 47 members. 

You need to be a current member in good standing; contact linda rapka (click here) for information on joining and signing up. 

Orchestration I:

June 1st - June 13th, 2019
Orchestration II:

Sept. 7th - October 19th, 2019

Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
@ Local 47, Rehearsal Room 7

Free classes for AFM Local 47 members 


Learn orchestration the practical way with a pair of free courses at Local 47. 

In his paired Orchestration I and II course, Dr. Norman Ludwin will offer Local 47 members a unique hands-on learning experience using real film scores taught by an industry professional. Part of Local 47’s continuing series of free classes for members, the first of two eight-week Saturday courses begins with Orchestration I from Aug. 4 through Sept. 22, and Orchestration II running from Sept. 29 through Nov. 17. 

Dr. Ludwin — an active session bass player, teacher, composer, and orchestrator — has presented his orchestration classes at Local 47 for the past 10 years. This July Norman will be teaching courses in film music, orchestration, and 20th century harmony in Bangkok, Singapore, Brazil, and Kuala Lumpur. 

Modified from the course he teaches in the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Program, the paired course offered at Local 47 focus on practical knowledge and fundamental techniques. Orchestration I covers the basics: ranges, strength and weaknesses of the instruments, transpositions and how to orchestrate clearly and effectively. As he did last year to much praise, Ludwin will again focus on film music in Orchestration II. Using current scores, Ludwin plans to instruct on selections from Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, among others. 

“I recently took Norman Ludwin’s Orchestration I and II classes and wanted to tell you how wonderful they were,” said Joellen McNaughton , who took both classes. “To get instruction from a guy who has a doctorate, is a top-call session bassist, who plays in professional orchestras and is a working orchestrator was fantastic. I intend to repeat his Orchestration II course whenever it is offered. The chance to write and conduct a piece for Symphony 47 was a fantastic experience.” 

“Dr. Ludwin explained everything so clearly in the classroom and in the course materials that it all simply seemed so obvious to me,” said former student Kelly Moore. “It takes a very talented teacher to reveal information that well, and Dr. Ludwin does just that and with a wonderful dose of humor to spice it all up. Each class was informative and enormously fun, too. I now have not only a much better and deeper understanding and appreciation of classical music, which has always thrilled the child in me, but have further discovered my own abilities in composition as well as learning arranging and orchestration.” 

Even if you have limited or no experience in orchestration, Ludwin strongly encourages you to attend his classes to learn this important craft that can boost your career. 

Space is limited, and you must reserve your spot to ensure a seat in the class