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Ryan Leach is an award winning composer with a focus on writing music that tells a story. Through a wide range of projects across film, TV and video games, his work raises production value and creates an emotional connection that leaves the director’s message resonating with the audience.

He recently scored Fire City: End of Days, directed by Academy Award winning creature designer Tom Woodruff Jr., and Rudy Dobrev’s short film The Emissary, starring Emmy award winning actress Margo Martindale, Law & Order: SVU’s Diane Neel, and edited by Richard Marizy (Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film La Vie en Rose).

Ryan earned a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and was assistant to veteran composer Michael A. Levine at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control ProductionsIn 2010 Ryan won the Maverick Movie Award for Best Original Score for Devils Racecourse. Previous winners include Philip Glass and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

Other credits include library placements in Pawn Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and The Colbert Report, score assistance on Bee MovieThe Simpsons Movie, and The Dark Knight, and original music and arrangements for Disney, Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake, Lowe’s and MTV.

“Working with Ryan on the score was a thrilling, highly creative, and ultimately very enjoyable experience from beginning to end.”
-Stevan Filipovic, Director of Skinning

“This has been by far the best experience I’ve had working with a composer!
I’m very pleased and excited about the score, thanks for doing such great work and for being so easy to work with.”
-Greg Cahill, Director/Writer of Two Shadows

“Ryan Leach is a consumate professional and a real joy in collaboration. He masterfully tackled our needs for our “demon noir thriller” – no easy task – maintaining a steady temperament and constant communication. Ryan was able to intuit our needs and deliver on-time and on-budget. We would, and plan to, work with Ryan on all our future projects.”
-Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes, Writer/Producers of Fire City and King of Miseries

Featured Projects

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Pastor Shepherd
Disney Princess Homepage
The Hero (Additional Music)
Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs
Columbus Day (Additional Music)
The Emissary
The Dancing Pumpkin and The Ogre's Plot
Project Arbiter
SoulPancake's The FlipSide
The Current
Two Shadows
The Commitment
King of Miseries
Morning Calm
Devils Racecourse


pianovertStudying music is a lifelong pursuit and one of the best ways to learn is under the guidance of an interested teacher. I have helped students from all backgrounds develop their composition skills, knowledge of music theory and overall musicianship.

I begin by assessing the students current levels and develop a lesson plan according to their individual interests and needs.

Lessons are $75/hour and can be conducted over Skype or Gmail Video Chat.

If you are interested in lessons, e-mail me at or call (310) 405-1582.

You can also read my tutorials and articles at Audiotuts, ComposerFocus and SCOREcast.

Topics covered include:

  • Composition (Creating and developing motives, building phrases, periods/double periods, expansions of double periods, simple ternary forms, advanced concepts in form, etc.)
  • Music Theory/Harmony (traditional diatonic theory, romantic harmony and chromaticism, jazz harmony, contemporary techniques such as root movement by thirds, 12-tone rows, chords in 4ths, etc.)
  • Orchestration (Orchestration as separate from composition, contrast, timbre, instrumentation, etc.)
  • Film Scoring (Techniques for Scoring to Picture, Film Score Analysis, Theme Writing, Technical aspects, etc.)
  • Music Production (Logic Pro X, Sibelius, Pro Tools, Synthesis and Sampling, creating custom sample libraries, etc.)


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