Orchestration and Arranging B

When and Where

9 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020 (22 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 17:30 - 19:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

This is a one-year course to develop students’ orchestration and instrumentation skills in orchestral and small ensemble settings across

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • understand voicing and voice leading
  • understand considerations of balance and texture
  • practice scoring for large and small mixed ensembles
  • practice expansion from and reduction to piano and condensed scores

Class format and activities

Study of extant scores with recordings, tutor-prepared handouts of specific methods and techniques, possible interactive work with Sibelius,
examination of all instrumental groups with live demonstration where possible, study of standard scoring techniques in various genres
(including symphonic, jazz, and chamber ensembles).

Tutor-set small scale exercises in specific scoring techniques and for various instruments and groups throughout the course.
Student presentation and explanation of their own work to the class.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Solid basis in music theory (to at least Grade 6) including an understanding of chord structures, intervals, common notational conventions,
4-part harmony and the basics of counterpoint and transposition.
Basic familiarity with the common families of musical instruments.
Fluent music-reading skills and experience with score-reading.

What you need to know before you enrol

Completion of the scoring exercises will require some time.

What you will need for your class

Note taking equipment.
Manuscript paper & instrument (where appropriate)
Memory stick and/or hard-drive

What you can do next

This course runs throughout the year. You may also be interested in any of our composition courses, such as 'Pathways to Composition', 'Composition workshop' and '20th-century composition techniques'.
You may also be interested in any of our Music History courses, such as 'Renaissance Music', 'The Early Romantic Period', 'Music History: Opera in Time 1: Belcanto, The 'Golden' age and the 20the century', ''Jazz History: Bebop to Fusion'', 'Music & Ideas' and 'Adventures in Sounds (1910-1970)'.