Music is the underlying force behind any great film, animation, or game. It helps to define the identity of characters, foreshadow the future, recall the past, and guide the emotions of an audience.
I love collaborating with creators to find the musical voice for their project. I focus on bringing the directors' visions to life, shaping their stories into melody, harmony, and texture.
Don't settle for music libraries--let's discover the voice of your project together! Explore some of my work below, and reach out anytime via the Contact tab.
VST Demos & Reviews
As both a composer and a creator of my own personal sample libraries, I integrate VSTs into my music on a daily basis. A good VST can be the source of inspiration for a new cue, or the selling point to making your music sound realistic and expressive on a tight budget.
I’ve worked with numerous VST companies to showcase their products through audio demos and video walkthroughs, including Embertone, Orange Tree Samples, ProjectSAM, and Strezov Sampling. Check out my cues and product reviews HERE, and feel free to get in touch via the Contact tab if you’d like to work together!
Having worked with professional copyists in both NYC and Nashville, I ensure that every score I edit is clean, concise, and accurate. I work in both Finale and Sibelius, and have experience copying and transcribing works for piano, vocals, jazz charts, and orchestral music. My clients have always been satisfied with both the aesthetic quality and accuracy of my work.
As of 2018 my ongoing and previous clients include Sesame Street and Nature Cat on PBS, as well as assisting Engraver’s Mark Music at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville. Get a custom quote for your next project via the Contact tab!
At age 13, I nearly quit piano altogether. The music I'd been playing had begun to bore me, and the repetition of my exercises felt mechanic. It was only when my teacher showed me a Rachmaninov prelude that I discovered my passion for music, and have continued that journey since.
I teach with a strong emphasis on the goals of each student. The learning of an instrument requires discipline and practice, but the motivation for these things comes from a love for the music. That's why I first assess my students' goals, then create a lesson plan on how to best achieve them.
I offer lessons via Skype, Facetime, and Google Hangout. Get in touch via the Contact tab, and let's get you playing the music you love!
THE MERRY MERCENARIES - VOL. 2
THE MERRY MERCENARIES - VOL. 1
spectral - LP
The Proposal - ost
Zach Heyde (b. 1993) is a composer for animation, film, and game residing in Nashville, TN. He specializes in orchestral and ambient music, characterized by evocative harmonies and textures. He is a skilled pianist, and performs with Frank Tedesco as “Frank & Zach Piano Duets”—a YouTube channel with over 200k subscribers to date.
Heyde holds a B.A. summa cum laude in music composition from the Hartt School. During his time at Hartt, Heyde composed actively for student films, animations, theater, and the concert hall, and performed with local hip-hop/soul band Broca’s Area. He was commissioned by Alfred Music Publishing to arrange numerous piano duets with Frank Tedesco, and several years later the duo founded sheet music webstore Stems Up Sound.
After graduating Hartt in 2015, Heyde taught piano and composition in his hometown of Darien, performing frequently with singer-songwriter Griffin Anthony before moving to Nashville the following year. He currently works as an independent copyist for Sesame Street and assistant to Engraver’s Mark Music, and composes actively for The Merry Mercenaries, a Twitch-based D&D group. Recently he has begun offering product reviews and demos for VST sample libraries such as Embertone, Orange Tree Samples, and more.
The Merry Mercenaries, Vol. 2 - composer
The Merry Mercenaries, Vol. 1 - composer
Spectral - composer
Pianovania - pianist, arranger
Heyde/Tedesco Piano Duets, Vol. 1 - pianist, arranger
Best Friend Cupid - pianist, keys
Clarity - pianist, keys
Fitch Avenue - composer
Darien High School Alma Mater - arr. for concert band & SATB
Silent Words - for soprano & piano
You Are Enough - solo piano
Celestium - solo piano
Rooted - for woodwind quintet
Totenstille - for string quartet
Cider House Rules - for orchestra
Phoenix - for clarinet, piano, cello, electronics
Mother Earth - for choir
The Awakening - for two pianos
Mutability - for choir
Film, Animation, & Game
The Merry Mercenaries - composer (ongoing)
The Journey: Championships - assistant, score preparation
Saving Throw’s ‘Wildcards’ - composer, battle music
Table Fables - composer, battle music
The Dude and the Jellyfish - composer
Scream - composer
I Loaf You - composer
[Nominated for Best Music, 2018 Top Indie Film Awards]
Show Dogs - assistant, score preparation
The Merry Mercenaries - composer
The Hard Candy Kid - composer
Silent Joy - composer
The Aether II - composer, main theme
Scent of Love - composer
The Proposal - composer, recording engineer
The Ugly Parts - composer
Camera - composer
Forge of Heroes - co-composer
A Long Road Home - composer
Cupcake Boy - composer, pianist
Peeping Tom - composer
Nature Cat: Christmas Special - copyist
Sesame Street: Beaches - copyist
Irving Berlin: American - copyist
Minecraft: Norse Mythology - part preparation
Show Dogs - part preparation
& Juliet - copyist
The Engaygement - assistant copyist
Beatsville - assistant copyist
OZ: A Musical Revue - orchestrator, copyist
The Cider House Rules - composer, pianist
Download Full Resume/CV: ZachHeydeCV.pdf
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