Here the list of Youtube channels (In no order) that I feel are great for film composers of all levels. I’ve personally learnt a lot from most of these. Its amazing how much free valuable knowledge, experts are ready to share for free. We’re living in good times, Enjoy!
Whats On the Channel: Psychology of Music, Composer’s & Filmmaker’s Point of Views, Musical Techniques, Tutorials, Score Analysis, Commentaries
This guy is a genius in the way he presents the ideas and techniques. His channel is growing really fast as more and more people are discovering him. He’s not just helping musicians and composers understand the role and power of music but also the masses and any effort to raise the music appreciation level of masses is a noble thing to do.
Sideway’s Youtube Channel
2. Junkie XL
Whats On the Channel: Tutorials, Behind the Score, Talks, Studio Tours, Ask Me Anything Sessions
Class A composer teaches his techniques, shows his gear & walkthroughs of some of his scores, how awesome is that. He goes really detailed in his tutorials and teaches all his tricks that you’ll expect him to keep a secret.
Junkie XL’s Youtube Channel | Personal Website
3. Spitfire Audio
Whats On the Channel: Quick Tips, In-Depth Tutorials, Interviews with Great Composers, Walkthroughs & In Action videos of their libraries
These Sample Library developers create top quality libraries and top quality videos (Visually and content wise). Tons of useful stuff on their channel. Their specific tutorials feature their own libraries, but most of the stuff is pretty universal and can be applied regardless of you being a spitfire user.
Spitfire Audio’s Youtube Channel | Official Website
4. Rick Beato
Whats On the Channel: Music Theory, Composing Style of various composers, Music Production, Music Production, Ear Training, Commentary, Rants
There is an extensive collection of content on Rick’s channel. The guy works very hard on the content of the videos videos ranging various topics and he’s got a lot to teach. This is without doubt one of the most important youtube channels for film composers and musicians.
Rick Beato’s Youtube Channel | Personal Website
5. Daniel James
Whats On the Channel: Detailed Walkthroughs of Sample Libraries, Tutorials, Live Streams, Behind The Scene
If you like Epic Music then Daniel is your man. Almost all his videos feature an epic track. His walkthroughs of sample libraries go very detailed and the hand on experience gives you a better idea about how the library can be used.
Daniel James’ Youtube Channel | Personal Website
6. ThinkSpace Education
Whats On the Channel: Music Tutorials, Sound Tutorials, Competitions, Interviews, Reviews
One of the best online school of music courses. Their courses are great and affordable but the video content posted on their youtube channel is also great (and free).
ThinkSpace Education’s Youtube Channel | Official Website
7. Ashton Gleckman
Whats On the Channel: Score Recreation, Tutorials, Interviews, Sample Library Reviews
I totally love his Behind The Score Series where he recreates a famous score in DAW and educates about the composer’s choices & reasons for those choices.
Ashton Gleckman’s Youtube Channel | Personal Website
8. Christian Henson Music
Whats On the Channel: Vlogs, Composer’s Life, Working in the Industry, Running a Business, Buying & making crazy stuff
Personal Vlog channel of one of the co-founders of Spitfire Audio. Tons of gems here and a Composer Vlogging? Awesome. The quality of his videos is top notch.
Christian Henson’s Youtube Channel
9. Film Music Media
Whats On the Channel: Interviews, Concerts, Seminars
Keeps you in the loop with happenings in the music industry and tons of amazing interviews. They just started their Scene Study Series which looks promising.
Film Music Media’s Youtube Channel | Official Website
10. Mike Verta
Whats On the Channel: Free Masterclass Series, Tutorials
His free masterclasses where he critics the community sent tracks is a goldmine and can teach you a lot. He also has tons of paid masterclasses on his own website (not very expensive).
Mike Verta’s Youtube Channel | Official Website
11. Todd K. Edwards
Whats On the Channel: Quick Tips, Composer Talk, Composing with Coffee, Orchestral Template Building & more
Todd treats his channel like a proper channel. He has shows and they’re all great, I’ve found his content pretty valuable.
Todd K. Edwards’ Youtube Channel | Personal Website
12. Michael Patti
Whats On the Channel: Tutorials, Live Composing, Interviews
Co-Founder of Cinesamples posts videos based on his libraries but there is a lot to learn from them. The Composer’s Workshop Series is amazing.
Michael Patti’s Youtube Channel | Cinesamples Website
13. Manchester Music
Whats On the Channel: Tutorials, Tips, Hacks, Working in the Industry
I love Geoff’s videos. Lots of information packed in every single video and to the point no bullshit no drag videos. His hacks and tool recommendations are awesome.
Geoff Manchester’s Youtube Channel | Official Website
14. JJay Berthume
Whats On the Channel: Music Theory & Composing concepts explained with Western Notation System & DAW Tips
I personally love learning with the notation system. Maybe because that’s how most of my teachers taught, but this really makes me think, visualize and approach my composing process in a very different way. This channel is definitely recommended by me, good stuff here.
JJay Berthume’s YouTube Channel | Personal Website
15. blakus | music for media
Whats On the Channel: Tutorials, Live Composing
Blakus creates fantastic mockups and I just love his compositions. Although he’s not super active on Youtube but the content on his channel is great.
Blake’s YouTube Channel | Personal Website
How about 5 More Youtube Channels for Film Composers?
Whats On the Channel: Music Theory Concepts & Songs explained in Drawing Videos
Watching these videos is pure fun. You don’t realise when you’ve watched dozens of these videos and learned a lot without feeling.
12tone’s Youtube Channel
17. Alex Moukala
Whats On the Channel: Tutorials – Orchestral Music, Orchestral Mixing, Music Business & Sample Library Reviews
Interesting tutorials. If you like Epic/Trailer Music & FL Studio then you’ll love this channel.
Alex Moukala’s YouTube Channel | Personal Website
18. Dirk Ehlert
Whats On the Channel: Extensive Live Composing Streams with Virtual Instruments
His streams a long & detailed so you get good ideas about the libraries that are used. Nice style of composing as well.
Dirk Ehlert’s YouTube Channel | Personal Website
19. The Samplecast
Whats On the Channel: Weekly Show -News, Reviews, Freebies, Bargains, Tips
Stay up to date with what released, what is on sale, best deals & freebies. The best thing is that Reuben releases a show every week.
Samplecast’s YouTube Channel | Official Website
20. Sample Library Review
Whats On the Channel: Sample Library Reviews
Exactly what the name says and they’re good at what they do.
Sample Library Review’s YouTube Channel | Official Website
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21. ProjectSam Cinematic Sampling
Whats On the Channel: Genre-Specific Tutorials
Another great Sample Library developers who’re going an extra mile to provide more value to composers. Like other developers their tutorials can teach you a lot regardless of you owning ProjectSam products.
Project Sam’s YouTube Channel | Official Website
Do you feel I missed anyone that deserved to be on the list of YouTube channels for Film Composers? Perhaps someone shouldn’t have been listed on the list? Do add your feedback. I hope this helps you progress your film scoring career in some way, as it helped me. I’m not gonna stay limited to YouTube Resources. I’ll research & post about best Podcasts, Online Resources & also Freebies, tools, etc. Stay Tuned & Subscribe below for interesting posts
What about “Score: The Podcast”? It’s not a YouTube Channel, but it’s the award-winning podcast in this field…
Yeah its amazing, I will be doing another posts where I list all the podcasts. Score will definitely be on that one, thanks.