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Original scores composed by my students in collaboration with fellow students and filmmakers. 

Study Media Scoring at VCU

Immerse yourself in the art of creating cinematic music for diverse media projects.

Study Media Scoring at VCU and become the maestro behind the scenes, crafting the perfect musical accompaniment to enhance visual storytelling. At VCU, you will have the opportunity to collaborate on exciting visual creative projects throughout the School of the Arts and across the university. It's an immersive experience where you take the lead in shaping the future of scoring for visual media!

Dr. Leitão gives the students a plethora of resources to expand their skills in film scoring while still allowing them creative freedom. He’s particularly focused on how the content will serve the students beyond their time in the classroom during their careers.

From the Film & Media Scoring course evaluation (anonymous review)

The tools that I learned in Dramatic Scoring with Filipe Leitao will go with me through life forever, and I can’t wait to build on them even more. Now I can compose music for comedies, horrors, adventure, fantasy, action and more. 

From the Dramatic Scoring course evaluation (anonymous review)

Professor Leitao is one of the best professors I have had at VCU! He is willing to help students learn in the best he can no matter what! He is also not opposed to sharing his connections/suggestions to things for students who are more advanced.

From the Digital Music Production course evaluation (anonymous review)

Media Scoring Show

Rescored Movies

Original Compositions

Featured compositions and arrangements produced by my students.

This playlist features tracks produced by students of a variety of programs including Music, Kinetic Imaging, Psychology, Homeland Security, Marketing, Business, International Relations, Graphic Design, Sculpture, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Who is Filipe Leitão?

Filipe Leitão is an award-winning composer, music producer, and educator.


He is Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, teaching a new collaborative curriculum in Media Scoring. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Alabama, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media at the Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA), and a Bachelor in Art Education at the University of The State of Pará, in Belém, Brazil, where he served as an Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Pará. As an educator, he has taught composition, orchestration, music production, and film scoring.


Dr. Leitão has collaborated with many artists, creating original compositions and sound design for films and video games, as well as he has written electronic works, and concert pieces for varied ensembles. His works reflect his unique voice originated from a mix of classical music, popular music, Brazilian music, and film music, and have been recognized at both national and international levels, and obtained prizes and performances on renowned film and music festivals, including New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival, SCI Conferences, Belgian Saxophone Choir, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Cannes Short Film Corner, Toronto Film Week, Anima Mundi, and WorldFest Houston, to name a few.