You guys all seem to come from a variety of musical backgrounds, yet here we are now with similar aspirations and objects. I'm curious: what level of music education do you have, and from where? It seems to me that serious composing requires some serious music theory training, as well as actual musicianship. But I've heard lots of untrained composers create amazing work. Those of you with a rock band background who gradually got into film scoring- how did you go about studying music? Did you learn notation, counterpoint, orchestration, form and analysis, etc. any traditional way?
Part of the reason I ask is that I'm currently finishing up my B.A. in Music/Music Technology and I'm scoping out grad schools for composition. I'm willing to move pretty much anywhere in the U.S. Did any of you get M.M.s in composing, and if so, from where? Any recommendations?