Orchestration and Arranging A

When and Where

10 Sep 2020 - 3 Dec 2020 (24 hours, 12 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 17:30 - 19:30


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

This is the first term of a one-year course to develop students’ orchestration and instrumentation skills in orchestral and small ensemble settings across classical and commercial/jazz/rock genres.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • become familiar with instrumental families: their main characteristics, best and worst practice, score types and notational conventions.
  • write for different instrumental families

Class format and activities

This is a live online face to face course.
Study of extant scores with recordings, tutor-prepared handouts of specific methods and techniques, interactive work with Sibelius, examination of all instrumental groups, 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.
You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

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

The written scoring exercises will require some time to complete.
Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the stated learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals.
Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you will need for your class

Note taking equipment. Manuscript paper & instrument (where appropriate) Memory stick and/or hard-drive.
To join this online class you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound, and familiarity with the Microsoft Teams software..

What you can do next

This course runs throughout the year. You may also be interested in 'Contemporary Harmony and Counterpoint' or the 'Composition workshop' courses.