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SCL NY Seminar: Composing for Children's Programming

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: NY Seminar: Composing for Children's Programming

The SCL in NY Presents:



One of the fastest growing musical sectors is the realm of young audience-centered creative content. It’s a field where composers and songwriters are producing a large quantity of high-quality music in a range of media, from TV shows to musical theater to web content.

Panelists will include: Pat Irwin (Spongebob SquarePants, Rocko’s Modern Life, Pepper Ann), D.D. Jackson (Peg+Cat, The Wonder Pets), and Allison Leyton-Brown (Peg+Cat, Melia & Jo, Elmer). The panel will be moderated by Chris Hajian (The Infiltrator).

This is your chance to hear from an esteemed panel of composers with years of experience writing for a diverse selection of children’s programming. We will delve into creative and business considerations as well as the unique challenges this field can present, and will hear music and clips from the panelists.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: NY Seminar: Composing for Children's Programming - Pat Irwin Pat Irwin  has composed the scores for many television shows and independent films including the AMC series "Feed The Beast," the HBO series, "Bored To Death," and the Showtime series, "Nurse Jackie" as well as "But I'm A Cheerleader," "My New Gun," and "Bam Bam And Celeste."

He has also composed music for hundreds cartoons including "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Rocko's Modern Life," "Pepper Ann," "A Little Curious," and "Class of 3000." His contributions to the "SpongeBob SquarePants" soundtracks were awarded ASCAP Film and Television Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Pat was a founding member of "The Raybeats," as well as "Eight Eyed Spy." He joined "the B-52s" in 1989 and recorded and toured with the band from 1989 - 2008. He has been recently performing live with Sasha Dobson (drums and vocals) and Daria Grace (bass and vocals) with the PiPowerTrio.

He currently teaches a seminar in Film and Television music at NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts Graduate Music Theater Program.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: NY Seminar: Composing for Children's Programming - D.D. Jackson D.D. Jackson  

D.D. Jackson is a Canadian-born, Emmy Award-winning composer based in the New York area. He began his career as a Juno Award-winning jazz pianist/composer, recording, performing, and touring around the world with such acclaimed artists as drummer Jack Dejohnette and saxophonists James Carter and David Murray, and recording 12 jazz CD’s as leader or co-leader (including two for the major label BMG).  He also collaborated frequently with Questlove and "The Roots”, appearing most recently with them last year on piano at the theater of Madison Square Garden for the John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, as well as at Radio City Music Hall (for which he also wrote 30-piece orchestral arrangements), and as an arranger/producer/pianist on their past 2 CD’s. 

Jackson in more recent years began composing music for television, film and other media, and in 2016 received his first Emmy Award for composition (for his writing on the 7-Emmy winning PBS show “Peg + Cat”), after 2 previous additional Emmy nominations as composer.  He has also written regularly for both "The Wonder Pets" (Nickelodeon) (which won 4 consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction and Composition), “3rd & Bird” (Little Airplane/BBC Worldwide), “The Ocean Room” (Sinking Ship Productions) (which won the 2010 “Gemini” Award for “Best Preschool Show or Series”), and Sesame Workshop (where his “Marvie’s Song” on Youtube has recently garnered 1.3 million views). 

Jackson has also taught part-time at Hunter College for the past 7 years (where in 2016 he received the Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching), and for four years served as Chair of Jazz and Contemporary Studies at the Harlem School of the Arts.

Jackson lives in Maplewood, NJ (just outside of New York City) with his wife and two children. His website is:

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: NY Seminar: Composing for Children's Programming - Allison Leyton-Brown Allison Leyton-Brown  is an award-winning composer, pianist, and Musical Director, specializing in collaborative multi-media works. Allison has written countless original scores for TV, theater, dance, opera and film productions across the U.S. and Canada. Recent productions include scores to popular children’s show Pete the Cat: The Musical, podcast “The Room Where It’s Happening”, and new musical triptych Mouth Pieces, her sixth show written with lyricist/playwright Sophia Chapadjiev. Allison was a visiting artist at Duke University in 2016 where she composed score and songs for their MainStage production of the absurdist comedy BOB: A Life in Five Acts.


Allison composes regularly for various Television programs including PBS kids’ multiple Emmy-winning series “Peg+Cat”, “20/20,” “The Good Wife,” “Primetime,” and “What Would You Do?”. Film credits include dramatic shorts It Had Wings (DCIFF, MSPIFF, Durango Official Selections), The Bicycle (Cannes, NY Film Fest), documentaries Rainy Season (PBS), Millions: A Lottery Story (nationwide screening), and dramatic feature Dog’s Life (Telluride Film Fest). She is composer-in-residence for national avant-garde company Archipelago Theatre, for whom she has composed five full-length scores including their award-winning multi-media production The Narrowing.

Upcoming and currently, Allison is commissioned to write music and lyrics for an international touring production of children’s story Elmer, score for the new children’s web series Melia & Jo, and highly anticipated new podcast series “Stranglers”, about the Boston Strangler.

Leyton-Brown teaches singers and pianists in her private studio, and works regularly as a Musical Director, band-leader and recording pianist. Most recently, she musically directed and arranged music for Transcendence Theater’s Rhythm of Life, and Fogg Theater’s Bottle Shock: The Musical in California. Allison can be seen performing around NYC with multiple groups including New Orleans jazzers Smith & 9th Ward.


The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: NY Seminar: Composing for Children's Programming - Chris Hajian Chris Hajian  

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Chris Hajian began his musical education at the age of five, studying trumpet under his father, Edward, a professional musician in New York City. Chris’ formal training started at New York’s “Famed” High School of the Performing Arts, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical composition. He considers himself a composer first, but also a writer. He is always working on new stories and screenplays.

Chris’s composition roots began in the indie film movement of the 90’s. Most notably, he composed the score to Ten Benny, starring Adrian Brody, that was selected for the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. He then composed the compelling score for Mr. Vincent that premiered at Sundance the following year.

Chris’ most recent film scores include Laddie, about the life of iconic Hollywood producer Alan Ladd Jr, the feature Documentary First Position directed by Bess Kargman, Unraveled directed by Marc Simon about the life of corrupt lawyer Marc Dreier, Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald, narrated by Liev Scrieber, Yonkers Joe starring Chazz Palmenteri and Christine Lahti, and The Take starring John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez, directed by Brad Furman. In 2013, Hajian released a compilation album of his documentary scores titled Perspectives. The one-on-one collaboration with filmmakers is very special to Chris and one that builds a strong, creative connection between filmmaker and composer to help enhance the film and its message.

In 2016, Chris found himself reunited with director Brad Furman to score the feature film The Infiltrator. The film stars Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger. It is a high stakes thriller set in the 80’s, about Robert Mazur, a U.S. Customs agent who uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The score is a very unique blend of 80’s synths, ambient textures mixed with a string section. It is a tension filled and very internal, emotional musical journey. The film will see a wide theatrical release on July, 13th 2016.

Currently Hajian is scoring the Television Series Start Up for Sony/Crackle. Created and Directed by Ben Ketai, the series stars Martin Freeman and launches in August 2016.
In addition to his composing career, Chris is a steering committee member of the Society of Composer’s and Lyricist’s in NYC and leads their very successful Mentor Program. He is also very involved in various Music Advocacy groups. He teaches Film Composition at NYU. When he is not writing music, Chris can be found taking Boot Camp or Spin classes at the gym, playing baseball or chess in the park, or enjoying a night out at the theater.

Chris is represented by Patty Macmillan at Allegro Talent Group in Los Angeles.


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THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL)  is the non-profit premier organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 70-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.

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