Working with Music - Exploring Different Types of Music

This session will explore how a script supervisor/gallery PA works with various types of music in a multi-camera studio set-up.  

There will be a brief recap of bar counting, before delving onto genres such as jazz, classical music, ballads, hymns, ballet and opera.  

Suitable for anyone who has a basic grasp of shot-calling, script layout and working in a gallery or studio set-up. 

Who it's for

A little music knowledge and ‘bar counting’ is an advantage although not essential, but a good sense of rhythm is needed.

What it covers

  • Theory of music and rhythm
  • Bar counting
  • Race reading
  • Classical music
  • Music prep and run throuh of a typical recording day
  • Ballet and opera


The course is led by Yvonne Craven, an experienced script supervisor, production manager and tutor in film and television skills.  She specialises in a wide range of music programmes and multi-camera event and entertainment programmes, including live broadcasts.  Originally trained at the BBC, and on the staff for 15 years, Yvonne then worked freelance for independent production companies on programmes such as The World Music Awards, BBC Proms, The Commonwealth Day Service and Riverdance.  She was also script supervisor on live cinema transmissions of ballets and operas from the Royal Opera House and English National Opera, Cardiff Singer of the World, and dramas such as The Railway Children and Shakespeare performances from the Donmar Warehouse.  As a script supervisor she has worked with crews in Mexico City, St Petersburg, Riga, Kiev, Muscat, Jordan, Chicago, Paris and Dublin. 

She has been a visiting tutor at the National Film and Television School for over 20 years and has run courses at the BBC and the London College of Communication.  

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application



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