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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS1008 Module Title: KNOWLEDGE OF INSTRUMENTS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU1.KOI
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Coursework 1 online assessment 30%

Coursework 2 online assessment 30%

Coursework  3 writen assessment 40%

Module Overview
This module introduces playing techniques, idiomatic writing and notation for common instruments featured in art music, popular music and jazz repertoires.
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of playing techniques for a variety of common instruments


  • To foster an awareness of idiomatic instrumental writing


  • To reinforce and develop knowledge of relevant notational conventions
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:





  • Suggest suitable fingerings for passages of string writing


  • Transpose from written to concert pitch and vice versa


  • Suggest suitable pedal setting for a passage of harp music


  • Choose appropriate notation for different instrumental styles and special effects


  • Comment perceptively on instrumental writing presented in written and recorded form
Module Content
  • Introduction to the characteristics of instruments (woodwind, saxes, brass, percussion, guitar, piano, strings) and the music written for them 
  •  Notational conventions particularly for special effects and popular/jazz styles 
  • Transposition from written to concert pitch and vice versa
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Ten one-hour lectures and demonstrations


  • Audio resources available on Ulearn
Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading :





Adler, Samuel, 2002: The Study of Orchestration, 3rd rev. ed. (W.W. Norton and Co).





Blatter, Alfred, 1981: Instrumentation/Orchestration (New York; London : Longman).





Runswick, Daryl, 1992: Rock, Jazz and Pop Arranging ( London : Faber).





Jacob, Gordon, 1982: Orchestral Technique, 3rd ed. (London: Oxford University Press).









Recommended Reading :





Del Mar, Norman, 1981: Anatomy of the Orchestra ( London : Faber).





Mancini, Henry, 1962: Sounds and Scores: a Practical Guide to Professional Orchestration ( Northridge, California : Northridge Music, Inc.).





Piston, Walter, 1978: Orchestration ( London : Gollancz).









Suggested Reading :





Macdonald, Hugh, trans. 2002: Berlioz’s Orchestration Treatise: a Translation and Commentary ( Cambridge , Cambridge University Press).





Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai, 1964: Principles of Orchestration ( Dover ).





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