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Dr. Norman Ludwin is a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Film Scoring Academy of Europe, and at ThinkSpace Education. 

His recent orchestration credits include: Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.


Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 210 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).


He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last five years.


Dr. Ludwin has written 13 books on orchestration and film composition including “Modern Harmony", "Developing Variation" and “Volume Three- Film Music”.


He has presented seminars at the

Rome Sonus Factory, Madrid Conservatory of Music, Prague Conservatory of Music, Munich Hochschule, Zurich School of the Arts, University of Rovigo (Italy), BMI Headquarters (NYC), University of Toronto, Humber College (Toronto), DePaul University (Chicago), Columbia College (Chicago), Bloomington University, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, Seattle Composers Alliance, Film Scoring Academy of Europe (Bulgaria), Lasalle College (Singapore), Sonus College (Rome), Rio de Janeiro, Säo Paulo, China Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, Kuala Lumpur , and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.

He has been sponsored by American Federation of Musicians locals: Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego,  and Washington DC.

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