MUSCOMP 3320 - Advanced Orchestration
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code MUSCOMP 3320 Course Advanced Orchestration Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Prerequisites MUSCOMP 2310 Restrictions Available to Bachelor of Music students only Course Description Advanced Orchestration provides the opportunity for in-depth studies in orchestration building on the basics introduced in the Level II Orchestration course. The course takes a two-pronged approach. In the first instance, the analytical study of selected works from the orchestral repertoire from the mid 19th century to the present day provides the theoretical and historical context for the advanced study of orchestration. This approach is complemented by practical, problem-solving exercises that the student is expected to realize with sample-based notation and playback software. The course seeks to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the fundamental principals of orchestration and proficiency in orchestrating excerpts from piano scores for a full symphony orchestra. Students will be expected to use music notation software (Sibelius or Finale) and an instrument sample library (such as Garritan Personal Orchestra) to produce sample-based realisations.
Course Coordinator: Professor Graeme Koehne
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- a broad knowledge and appreciation of orchestral repertoire and an understanding of a range of styles and techniques
- a high level of competence in the practical aspects of orchestration and arranging: notation; score presentation; instrumental colour; texture; strengths and limitations of individual instruments and instrumental families; stylistic idioms; chord voicing and the use of music technology.
- an ability to communicate musical intentions clearly and effectively to performers.
- understanding of the professional realities and expectations of a career in creative music-making
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4
All score excerpts are supplied in class
Access to Sibelius (or Finale) music notation software and an instrumental sample library such as Garritan Personal Orchestra
Additional score materials are available from IMSLP.org; Garritan.com provides useful forums and resources
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Advanced Orchestration Tutorial (12 x 1.5 hours)
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
In addition to the weekly classes, students are expected to devote an average of 11.5 hours a week to score analysis, observation of ensemble rehearsals and orchestral repertoire studies.
Learning Activities SummaryThe first five weeks of classes consist of instructor-led study of the instruments of the orchestra followed by the study of the general principles of orchestration supported by the analytical study of short excerpts from the repertoire. Short, in-class exercises, guided by the instructor, reinforce the specific concepts.
Specific Course Requirements
The first five weeks of classes consist of instructor-led study of the instruments of the orchestra followed by the study of the general principles of orchestration supported by the analytical study of short excerpts from the repertoire. Short, in-class exercises, guided by the instructor, reinforce the specific concepts.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment: Assessment is based on three assignments provided at 4 weekly intervals:
One analytical exercise based on a substantial excerpt from a well-known symphonic work scored for large forces (20%)
Two practical assignments requiring the student to orchestrate excerpts of piano score for large orchestra providing both a written score, produced to a professional standard, together with a computer generated audio recording (40% each).
Each of these assignments relates to all of the learning objectives 1–4
The assessments provide opportunity for the student to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of orchestration from a theoretical viewpoint complemented by practical proficiency in producing clear, stylistically literate orchestral solutions to specific textural challenges.
SubmissionTo be submitted to the Music Office by 12 noon on the date specified for the assignment
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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