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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS2028 Module Title: ADVANCED ARRANGEMENT
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS2028
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: ARMSTRONG T Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern

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Module Overview
This module develops existing arrangement skills to an advanced level with the emphasis placed on popular styles. Advanced Arranging is designed to complement Advanced Orchestration offered in semester 1 but may be taken in isolation.
Pass in HE1 Orchestration and Arranging. This requirement way be waived with the permission of the module co-ordinator.
Module Aims
  • To acquire advanced arranging skills and the versatility to apply them to a range of popular styles and situations


  • To apply arrangement knowledge to practical assignments


  • To facilitate the creative use of style within the arrangement process


  • To provide a level of experience which will allow large-scale professional arrangement assignments to be approached with confidence
Learning Outcomes

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


  • Arrange creatively, demonstrating fluency in a variety of styles


  • Handle large ensembles with confidence


  • Utilise melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, timbre and style with a clear sense of expressive purpose
Module Content
  • Variation and transformation techniques


  • String arranging for pop songs


  • Arranging a vocal score of a Broadway song or jazz standard for a large pit band containing reeds, brass, string and rhythm sections


  • Arranging a contemporary pop/rock song (released in the last two years) for a large GCSE/AS ensemble including a school choir
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Ten one-hour sessions comprising lecture/demonstrations and practical work in groups


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


  • Audio resources available on Ulearn
Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading :


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).


Russo, William, 1973: Composing for the Jazz Orchestra, new ed. ( University of Chicago Press ).



Recommended Reading :


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


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



Suggested Reading :


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


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