Programme: Music - PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2014

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Title tunes in film serials: a historical and theoretical exploration of music and branding in cinema

Marie-Claude Codsi is a PhD research candidate in Music in Reid School of Music. Prior to starting her PhD, Marie-Claude completed a Composition for Screen - MSc at Reid School of Music and a BA in Composition at McGill University, completing both with distinction.

Marie-Claude has been awarded numerous scholarships throughout her studies, namely the ECA PhD Scholarship, the Bucher Fraser Scholarship and a College Research Scholarship. Her research interests include film music, sonic branding, repetition and memory. She is particularly interested in recurring musical motifs used within Hollywood’s film serials (in a way what might be called the music DNA of film serials). Her PhD focuses on what she calls title tunes, a title tune being a recurring melody used throughout a film serial and for music branding purposes. Marie-Claude has recently started undertaking teaching activities at the university and continues to do freelance compositional work on short films.

Teaching activities

2016: Tutor in Composition 3 (MUSI10085)

Funding awarded

  • 2014-2017: ECA PhD Scholarship
  • 2014-2017: College Research Scholarship
  • 2012: Bucher Fraser Scholarship
  • 2012: Scotland Satire Scholarship
  • 2011: Andrew Svoboda Award for Music
  • 2011: Frank Mills Scholarship
  • 2011: William Arthur Weir Memorial Award
  • 2010: Heinz Saueressig Scholarship
  • 2010: Elizabeth and Andre Rossinger Scholarship