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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS1016
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Coursework 1

Online Assessment



Coursework 2

Primary School Ensemble Arrangement




Coursework 3

 Pit Band or Pop String Quartet Arrangement




Module Overview
This module provides an introduction to orchestration and arrangement techniques covering a variety of musical styles and relevant to a variety of professional situations.
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of orchestration and arrangement in a variety of musical styles


  • To apply orchestration and arrangement knowledge to practical assignments


  • To provide the minimum level of experience necessary to approach professional arrangement assignments with confidence
Learning Outcomes

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


  • Understand the basic principles and practices of orchestral writing


  • Apply these principles to arrangements in a variety of styles


  • Identify the constituent elements of a musical passage- melody, accompaniment, harmonic support- prior to beginning an arrangement


  • Develop imaginative arrangements in a variety of styles by adding introductions, codas/outros, linking passages and countermelodies
Module Content
  • Basic arrangement techniques


  • Creative arrangement techniques


  • Arranging a vocal score of a Broadway song or jazz standard for a small pit band


  • Provide a backing arrangement of a pop/rock song for string quartet


  • Arranging a hymn tune or folk song for a primary school ensemble
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Ten one-hour sessions comprising lecture/demonstrations and practical work in groups


  • In-class performances of student arrangements utilising the instruments available within the group


  • 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).



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



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





Recommended Reading :



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



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





Suggested Reading :



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



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



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